Perhaps you’re weighing up the options of moving to UCL for your first year of university or you’re looking for a house share or your own small flat for your second year. Anyway the question of where to live in London if you're a UCL student is answered in this post. Here’s a balanced look at three options for those looking to be, or already are, UCL students.
The university can be found right in the heart of London, slap bang in the middle of some of the country’s best museums, libraries and landmarks. UCL is research led and courses are often taught by top level researchers and experts in there respective fields from all over the world.
Chances are you could be on your way to the city from afar, so if you can afford it, property at nearby tube stations will make your life a little bit easier. Walthamstow finds itself in Zone 3 of the Underground map but is a simple nineteen minute journey on the Victoria line straight to Warren Street. Zones 1 and 2 tend to be the most expensive so you’re likely to get better bang for your buck in Walthamstow, and it’s in East London, which makes it nearer the more “happening” places of the City.
It’s home to the longest street market in Europe, at 1km. Most of the buildings are from the 20th century with plenty of Edwardian buildings. You can find rooms in house shares from as little as £400 pcm, modern yet small flats for £700 pcm, with lots of choices, sizes and styles as you climb towards £800.
If you’re lucky enough to be able to spend more money on accommodation, Belsize Park is snugly placed between the edgy and hip Camden Town and its older, more glamorous sibling; Primrose Hill. A short journey to UCL on the Northern line. It offers everything; pubs, clubs, restaurants and chic cafes where you’ll spot artists, actors and fashionistas.
Property is mainly of a Victorian ilk and one striking feature is the wide pavements lined with trees and the sheer beauty of the architecture. Hampstead Heath is just a ten minute walk away, where almost 800 acres of open space can be enjoyed. You can pick up small studio flats for £600 - £650 pcm if you’re very lucky, more likely £750. If you can stretch to £900 pcm you’ll find some lovely modern flats and larger studios.
If glamour isn't your thing, but you’d still like to be in the north-west, near Camden Town and some great nightlife then Kentish Town is a good shout. Another quick journey to UCL on the Northern line adds to the attraction. Kentish Town is in the London Borough of Camden and home to the great venue; Kentish Town Forum. The town also boasts a wealth of bars with a great reputation for music and if music is your thing, with Camden Town so nearby, Kentish Town should be your number one choice! We recommend house shares here, all-inclusive bills come in at about £600 - £700 pcm. Flats and studios begin at £900.
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