Student Housing Areas: Can You Walk to Uni?

Are you hoping to move to London for further study at university? Then you’ll need to figure out where you are going to live. Here’s where’s popular.

If you are thinking about moving to London next year for further study at one of the prestigious universities then you may be starting to consider where you are going to live. Moving to a new area can be hard if you are unfamiliar with it, so let us help you out a little.

Here are four of the most popular postcodes in London for student housing:



The London area postcode NW1 resides in Camden and Westminster. NW1 is one of the most popular areas for students to live in thanks to Camden town’s fashionable atmosphere, popular music venues and internationally renowned markets.

A home in NW1 is within walking distance to many universities. A few of these include:

  • The University of London
  • The University of Westminster
  • The Regent’s Business School
  • The Royal Veterinary College
  • The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance
  • London Metropolitan University

To rent in this area expect to find many multiple occupancy houses and flats that friends and fellow students often share. If you would like to buy a property in this area for your child to live in or to rent out to students then expect to pay £800,000 in Camden or £1.3million in Westminster. These are however great places to invest in property – according to the BBC Property prices in Westminster have gone up nearly 20% in the last year.


Ranging from Bloomsbury in the West to St. Pancras in the East with a bit of Clerkenwell and Finsbury added in, WC1 is a postcode with many open spaces close to tourist attractions. Thanks to its close proximity to King’s Cross St Pancras station the area is widely accessible by the rest of London and further afield.

Student properties here are mostly flats or for larger budgets a period terrace may be suitable. WC1 also lies in the borough of Camden so expect average property prices of £800,000 plus.

Some of the universities which are in walking distance of WC1 include:

  • The University of Arts London
  • The City Law School
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Hult International Business School
  • London College of International Business Studies
  • UCL School of Pharmacy
  • Birbeck, University of London
  • University College London


East of the London borough of Camden you will find the area postcode N1. This mostly resides in Islington and Hackney near two of London’s most popular theatres, The Almeida and Sadler’s Wells. This postcode is the most central of all the N postcode districts and property as a whole is quite affordable. Rent is lower here and so are property prices. Estate Agents in Islington will back up the BBC’s claim that the average property price in Islington is £580,000.

Student accommodation flats sit next to Georgian terraces in this green area which is central to:

  • The Royal Veterinary College
  • City University London
  • The University of London


One of the most highly desired areas to live in London, the area postcode W1 is a highly developed area which includes places such as Mayfair, Marylebone and Soho. Known as the West End this district is split into 14 subsections. W1G is home to Harley Street, a famous location for doctors and surgeons, W1S is home to Vogue and the famous tailors of Saville Row.

Property in this postcode is some of the most desired in London, and in fact the country. The most expensive property on the recent market in the UK being listed as £90million. Fortunately if you are looking for student accommodation in this area you won’t have to pay that much. The average home here is £1.3million to buy whereas rent starts from £1,500 per month.

Property in W1 best serves the following universities:

  • The University of Westminster
  • The West London College
  • The London School of Business and Finance, Marble Arch Campus
  • The AA School of Architecture

Which of these areas do you think will be the most suitable for you? Check out our other blog posts for more information on buying property and living in London.

Hugh Grover Associates (HGA) is the go to independent residential sales-specialist in Islington, London. Hugh Grover has nearly 30 years of experience in the Islington property market and set up the company in 1993. HGA is a respected company and is a member of the National Association of Estate Agents and the Property Ombudsman scheme. Hugh Grover Associates are the obvious choice for Islington properties.

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