Best Locations for Student Accommodation:
- Camden Borough
A room in a private rented flat or house will typically cost £80-140 per week (bills such as gas, electricity, water and telephone will make this approximately £85-£145 per week).
Depending on area, facilities and size, a self-contained bedsit or studio flat is likely to cost £150-£300 per week
1 bedroom flat with a lounge, kitchen and bathroom £150-£350 per week
2 bedroom flat with a lounge, kitchen and bathroom £200 to £340 per week
3 bedroom flat or house with a lounge, kitchen & bathroom £250 to £450 per week.
Typically in London agency fees tend to vary between £120 and £200.
There is no specific transport for students provided by the university however, as a student you are eligible for discounts on local services and it is well worth obtaining a student ouster card as it is likely you will be a regular user of public transport. These cost just £5 and can save you up to 30% on your travel expenses.
To find out more about public transport in London visit the following site:
Even with student discounts, public transport may be costly and so if you haven't already it may be worth getting hold of a bike as it can be a very cheap way to travel.
Living in London
Places worth visiting:
Camden Town: unique place, with friendly people and a wide variety of shops, a very popular student area with good night life.
Tube: Camden Town (tube stop closed on Sundays afternoon)
Canary Wharf and the City: If you like modern architecture and skyscrapers, this is a must see with some of the tallest buildings in Europe. Probably better to visit during the week, as the streets tend to be very quiet during the weekends.
Tube: Canary Wharf (take the DLR from Bank), or Bank and Liverpool Street for the City
Tate Modern Museum: Worth visiting at some point both for the modern art and for the amazing architecture of the museum.
Tube: Blackfriars, then take Millennium Bridge.
Covent Garden: A very large space for pedestrians and with the best street entertainers in the capital, it can be a relaxing place for a drink.
Tube: Covent Garden and Leicester Square
Kensington and Chelsea: Some of the wealthiest districts in London full of big Victorian-style houses. South Kensington is both the French district and the museum district and is a very friendly place with many cafés and book shops.
Tube: Knightsbridge, South Kensington and Sloane Square
Angel: A nice quiet place with markets and many music shops with items you'll never find elsewhere.
Oxford Street and Regent Street: Known as London's ‘Champs Elysées', vibrant with a range of fashion boutiques.
Tube: Oxford Street and Piccadilly Circus
Chinatown: A nice pedestrian location, with each entrance marked with Chinese gates and Asian-style decorations. If you're looking for Asian products, then this is the place to go!
Location: between Tottenham Court Road and Leicester Square tube stops.
In general, food from the markets is fresh and tasty, often cheaper than supermarket's. There are several markets in London, the most famous being Camden and Portobello Market; although they don't sell food you can find everything you need in places like Berwick or Borough. In general the markets settle down during the weekend mornings.
Along with markets, charity shops can also offer very cheap clothing and much of the time from a whole range of top brand names that you couldn't afford to buy otherwise.
In terms of food shopping chains like Tesco and Asda tend to be the best bet, although if you can find a lidl or Netto nearby then there are some great deals to snapped up here!
The night life in London can be epic and there is something for everyone. There are numerous nights out to be had at different venues with entry fees varying from as little as £3 to over £15 depending on where you go.
Fabric: This is a major club in London located on Charterhouse Street, playing heavy music consisting of mostly house, techno and electro. Entrance generally costs between £10 and £20 depending on the night.
Visit www.fabriclondon.com to check out what's on!
Ministry of Sound: The other well known club of London located on Gaunt Street and has discovered a number of famous DJs. Entrance costs from £4 upwards again depending on the night.
Visit www.ministryofsound.com to check it out!
It is well worth looking out for SCREAM pubs where you can buy a yellow card for around £1-2 and take advantage of numerous cheap deals. The Rocket near Euston is a good example of a SCREAM pub and can be a good night when it turns to a club on Fridays and Saturdays. Requires student ID to get in followed, karaoke nights are on Sundays. Top nights can also be had in Cameden where there are many indie clubs and other interesting nights to be had. Of course your student Union will put on good nights also.