The best student neighbourhoods in London

Actualizado el Thursday, 12 August, 2021

Picking a neighbourhood in London to live in is a tricky task for everyone, but it’s even more complicated for students. It’s no secret that London is very expensive and very big, so starting your room search as a student on a shoestring budget can be downright daunting. Fear not though, read on to find the top 4 neighbourhoods for students in North, South, West and East London based on rental prices, nightlife, proximity to universities and more!

Finsbury park

Our first stop takes us to North London. Compared to other popular London neighbourhoods there are good, affordable options to be found for students searching in Finsbury Park. My advice is to move quickly though, as the affordable prices mean a lot of students focus their search here.

As a place to live for students, it’s brilliant. Without having to leave the neighbourhood, you’ll find plenty of nice cafes, buzzy bars and other things to do. If you’re looking for a place to get started, head to the Faltering Fullback. It’s an Irish pub and has everything a student could possibly ask for – pool tables, massive beer garden, reasonably-priced grub and, of course, a great atmosphere. Get there early though, it fills up quickly!

Rows of houses in Finsbury Park in London

In addition to all that and as the name suggests, you’ll also have Finsbury Park at your disposal for your exercise or picnics in the summer. Keep an eye out for live music concertsFinsbury Park attracts the biggest acts around every summer.

The final point to highlight about Finsbury Park is its excellent transport links, so you’ll have no excuse for missing those 9 am lectures. The area benefits from the fastest tube line in London, the Victoria line, as well as the Piccadilly line, that takes you straight through the centre of London. It’s especially well-placed for students at UCL, LSE, KCL, SOAS or City University.

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Mile End

My pick of the student neighbourhoods in East London is Mile End. Rents here are even more affordable than Finsbury Park, so it’s perhaps not surprising that you’ll be surrounded by fellow students if you choose to move here.

If like many students, you were priced out of a move to the ever-popular East London neighbourhood of Shoreditch, Mile End is a brilliant alternative. You’ll save significantly on rent while being pleasantly surprised as to just how many quirky cafes, hipster bars and buzzy nightlife spots there are. Unlike Shoreditch, you’ll also benefit from a beautiful London park. Mile End park covers 32-acres and is perfect for a relaxing stroll or outside studying if the weather’s nice.

Riverside in Mile End, London
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If you’re going to the Queen Mary University of London, Mile End should shoot straight to the top of your wishlist. You’ll enjoy what is a very rare privilege in London – a walking commute! If you’re not going there, it’s still worth giving it serious consideration as it benefits from the Central line and is also convenient for students attending UEL, LSE, KCL, UCL and Imperial.

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Now down to south London. Again, rents in Tooting are right up there with the most affordable places for students in London despite being just a couple of stops away on the tube from Balham, Clapham and Brixton.

There’s plenty to love about Tooting. You have Tooting Bec common right on your doorstep for your exercise or summer studying. Tooting is also known for boasting some of the best curry houses in London. Thanks to it’s growing popularity with students and young professionals alike, it also has a lively nightlife with lots of pubs and bars regularly packed with young people.

Sunset over Tooting, London

Tooting Bec and Tooting Broadway are both on the Northern Line meaning you’re well connected to the city. Your commute to class will be especially convenient if you’re going to London Southbank University, KCL or LSE.

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Shepherd’s Bush

That just leaves us with west London, and I’ve gone for Shepherd’s Bush. As with our other neighbourhoods, students will be able to find some good deals here on rent. However, it’s especially important to start your search early as Shepherd’s Bush is particularly popular with students and the best deals tend to get snapped up quickly.

This is an old-school London neighbourhood. It’s a nice change from the endless artesanal cafes and gastro pubs that other popular London neighbourhoods have been overrun with. Shepherd’s Bush has kept much of its original charm and classic London pubs. Thanks to its thriving student community and being such a popular choice for young professionals, the atmosphere and nightlife is perfect for students. As an extra plus, you’ll be able to walk to the Westfield Shopping Centre, the largest shopping centre in Europe.

Westfield Shopping Centre in Shepherd's Bush

As with our other top neighbourhoods, Shepherd’s Bush also has excellent transfer links. This neighbourhood is particularly well placed for students going to Imperial College, UCL and the University of Westminster.

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That brings our list of top student neighbourhoods in London to an end. Hopefully I’ve gone some way to helping you decide which neighbourhood is for you. Once you’ve found a room you like, check out our London pricing guide to make sure you don’t pay over the odds. You can also avoid common pitfalls for students by reading our article on things you need to know before renting. Remember, whichever neighbourhood you decide to rent in, you can find and book your room securely on