Top 5 Student Residential Areas in London

Top 5 Student Residential Areas in London

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Get the list of top 5 student residential areas in London. Know the best areas for student accommodation for those who are going to study in London.

vishakha Bhagia
Updated on:  11 Sep 2023  | Reviewed By: 
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London is a wonderful city to go to uni - and there are a plethora of world-class universities in the city to choose from. It is often regarded as one of the best student cities in the world because of the student life it offers. It has everything you could want, from vibrant nightlife and music venues to lots of historical and cultural sites to check out. The biggest advantage of living in London is that you are never far away from any place due to its great transport links. 

But London, itself can be a bit intimidating for a student;  the city has several areas all with their own uniqueness and distinctive aura for budding student residents. All this can lead to a lot of confusion and chaos, so to save your time and effort, we’ve put together this list of the best student residential areas in London. Also, University Living has its student accommodations located in almost all of these popular student areas. 

So, let’s check them out. 

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Camden and its surrounding areas are considered as some of the most vibrant, culturally diverse and creative parts of the capital. Though it is a bit on the expensive side, it is still a hotspot for students due to its distinctive vibe. It is a great place for those who want quirky as it is filled with shops selling quirky clothes, artwork and mouth-watering street food. It also has a lively music scene so students come here to spend their evenings and weekends. 

Being situated on the Northern line, you can be in the centre of the city in mere 10-minutes which makes it a perfect place for students studying at UCL, KCL, SOAS, and LSE.


Finsbury Park

Located in North London, Finsbury Park is another area that is very popular with students in London. It is placed on the Victoria Line which is widely regarded as the fastest tube line in London so getting to university couldn’t be any quicker while staying here. You can find several student accommodations in this area and also multiple hangout spots to chill out in and socialise with your friends. There are plenty of high-end stores as well as lots of independent shops selling unique and delicious produce.

The area is great for students studying at UCL, LSE, KCL, SOAS and City University but finding accommodation here can be tricky as the competition is quite high so it is advised to get one early! 


Mile End

If you study at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), then Mile End must be fairly high on your list of best student areas. Mile End is full of students who are either studying or living in this area. It has all the facilities a student would need during his stay. From plenty of supermarkets to superb eateries and transport links, everything is just a few minutes away. 

This area is situated on the Central Line so you can be in central London in just 10-minutes, thus making it a perfect place for students looking to explore the city or head to their universities. Campuses of QMUL, UEL, LSE are easily accessible from Mile End and even KCL, UCL and Imperial can be easily reached in a short time via tube.

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If you’re looking to live in one of the trendiest and most popular areas of London, look no further than Brixton. Whether you’re looking to rent student accommodation in this area or some clubs to enjoy your nightlife, it has got something for everyone. It is perfectly placed at the end of the Victoria Line, well connected to various universities in London.

This area is affordable and offers a thriving community and brilliant nightlife. There are plenty of small live music venues and some epic clubs. Foodies will be quite happy living here as there are various restaurants offering delicious food for low prices, with every cuisine you can think of on offer. So, if you’re studying at any of these universities - KCL, UCL, SOAS and LSE, this is the place for you. 



If you want shopping, party, culture, fashion, bars, then no place can be better than Shoreditch. It is considered as the new fashion and hip capital with London’s oldest market and the infamous Rivington Street. Talking about Rivington Street; it is an exciting place for art lovers, with more than 20 pieces of street art within 2-3 minutes of each other. 

The area is situated close to the northern line, so it’s quite easy to reach other areas of the city too. There are numerous student accommodations in this area and you can find more than 50,000 students staying here. Shoreditch is within walking distance from CASS Business School, City, University of London, UCL, etc. 

So, these are the top 5 student areas in London and if you’re looking for student accommodation in any of these areas then UniversityLiving can help you out. It is a free global student housing platform that allows you to compare all student housing in a single place and book them easily from the comfort of your home. You can also get in touch with their team of student housing experts who will guide you through all the steps to find the perfect student home. 

This blog is authored by University Living

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