Best Places for Students to Live in London


Each year, London continues to be ranked as one of the greatest places in the world to study, welcoming people from every point of the globe and providing incredible opportunities. The capital is a diverse, exciting and dynamic location, somewhere to develop your future career, but it’s also a unique cultural hub that’s wholly inclusive and the perfect place to make lifelong friends. Here, we’re going to take a look at some of the best boroughs for international students, parts of a city that guarantee a singular, safe and positive experience…

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Chelsea remains one of London’s most beloved neighbourhoods, known for its greenspace, great amenities and the access it offers to the rest of London. Also famous for its museums, galleries and theatres, it has a thriving music scene, so whether you’re into jazz, rock, classical or electronica, this really is the place to be. There’s a range of student events here throughout the week, including Raffles, a legendary nightclub that puts on an amazing and affordable party every Wednesday night. One of the city’s most defining districts, Chelsea is always a great place to call home.  



Hammersmith is an often overlooked London neighbourhood, but over the years it’s become increasingly vital. As such, it’s now a hugely popular destination for students, who find the area is never short of things to do when they're between classes and looking to make the most of their leisure time. With live music, incredible local greenspace and an array of charming, traditional pubs, it’s all part of a vibrant riverside setting that just seems to get better and better with each passing year. The nightlife is relaxed and inclusive, so whether you’re looking for comedy, theatre, dance or cinema, Hammersmith has got you covered. 

South Bank

Known as the cultural heart of London, South Bank is an inspirational place to explore, defined by its art, theatre, cinema and free exhibitions. For lovers of great drama, the National Theatre and the Young Vic are world leaders, whilst the London Eye, Tower Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral ensure the backdrop is genuinely iconic. Meanwhile, student nights on South Bank are among the best anywhere in town, with venues like The Understudy at The National just one of a range of offerings, featuring food, drinks and entertainment that are great fun and, crucially, won’t break the bank.  

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Well positioned between Vauxhall and Kennington, and only a few short minutes from Westminster, Oval is a richly historic part of the city. Also just a quick walk from Pimlico, it provides access to a host of great cafes, restaurants, clubs and shops. Community-focused, the atmosphere here is easy-going and the area is known for its abundance of quiet, leafy parks. Meanwhile, nearby Elephant and Castle has some of London’s best student nights. The Roxy, Ministry of Sound and Bar Rumba are just a few legendary venues that go out of their way to ensure those studying in the city are always made to feel welcome. 


Nine Elms 

Nine Elms is a true success story. Always a thriving business district, its ongoing regeneration means it’s now become known for its cosmopolitan cafe, shopping and entertainment scene. With more than £1 billion currently being spent on developing its infrastructure, it certainly seems this borough is only going to continue getting better, starting with a huge, linear park that’s opening in stages right across Battersea and Nine Elms. For everyone living, working or studying in the area, this promises to be a serene, community space, far from the clamour of the big city. In short, over just the course of the last few years, Nine Elms has become an integral and essential part of London life.  

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Wapping is another borough that doesn’t always get the acclaim it deserves, yet its remarkable architecture, classic pubs and inspirational views across the Thames make it one of the capital’s most up-and-coming districts. An essential part of East London, Wapping is within walking distance from the City and Canary Wharf, and this prime Tower Hamlets neighbourhood is a vibrant, wonderful place for students to engage with the city. Its cobblestone streets lead the way to award-winning butchers, groceries stocked with organic, fresh produce and high-end artisan bakeries. As such, Wapping is increasingly setting the trend. One of the city's best-kept secrets.       


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