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Where to live if you’re looking for University of London accommodation

By Daisy Mason

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Located in the heart of the capital, the University of London attracts students from far and wide to study at its prestigious institution. But where do those studying at the University of London live? We’ve rounded up our favourite student-friendly areas in London for those of you looking for University of London accommodation, which score well on both commute time and rental prices within a student budget.

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If you’re lucky enough to have secured a place at the University of London, you’ll be pleased to hear that the transport links close to the main university site are second-to-none, with a whopping six underground stations across six lines all within less than a 15-minute walk from campus. And with rooms in University of London accommodation starting at over £1,300 a month, you’re probably looking for a room in a privately rented home.

We’ve handpicked these areas because we think you’ll love their vibe – and the rental prices, of course. So what are you waiting for? Read on to discover where you could be living in the next academic year.

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Bounds Green Underground Station

Bounds Green

Situated on the Piccadilly line – the dark blue one for those of you unfamiliar with London’s Underground network – Bounds Green is located in north London close to beautiful Alexandra Park and Palace. Although the selection of amenities in Bounds Green is limited, it’s only a short bus ride away from Wood Green, where there is a large shopping centre, cinema and a number of full-sized supermarkets. This makes student accommodation in the area slightly more affordable and there’s also the added benefit of Bowes Park Station, which provides train services to central London as well.

Bounds Green to Russell Square on the Piccadilly Line in 20 minutes

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Manor House Underground Station (Image credit: David Woo, Flickr)

Manor House

Also on the Piccadilly line is Manor House, which is a Zone 2 student hotspot close to trendy Stoke Newington, Clissold Park and the centre of Finsbury Park. From here, students can enjoy an even shorter commute to the University of London, as well as the green expanses of Finsbury Park right on the doorstep – where Parkrun events are held every Saturday. There are a number of student-friendly pubs in the area and along Green Lanes towards Turnpike Lane you’ll find casual cafes, small independent food stores and cuisines from all over the world.

Manor House to Russell Square in 11 minutes

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View of Canary Wharf from Bow Locks


For those of you looking for University of London accommodation in the East End, Bow is a budget-friendly option compared to more popular Shoreditch and Whitechapel. You’re only a few underground stops away from all the cool stuff that’s going on in east London and things are a little bit quieter, so when those end-of-year deadlines are looming, there are less distractions. The nearest tube stations are Bow Road – which is on the District and Hammersmith & City line – and Mile End, which also offers Central line services through to Oxford Street.

Bow Road to Euston Square in 25 minutes
Mile End to Tottenham Court Road in 15 minutes

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Acton Market


Acton in west London covers a large area, where you’re sure to find the perfect student property for you. There are a number of tube and train lines servicing this part of town and one of the biggest benefits of living here is its close proximity to Westfield London in Shepherd’s Bush – although don’t spend your student loan all at once. Around Acton Central there are budget supermarkets, low cost gyms and proper pubs that are great for penny-pinching students and there’s always the night bus to central London if you fancy a big night out.

North Acton to Tottenham Court Road in 20 minutes
Acton Town to Russell Square in just under 30 minutes

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Houses in Kennington (Image credit: grassrootsgroundswell, Flickr)


Last but by no means least, Kennington is the closest to central London of all the areas on this list, which means you could enjoy a journey of only 9 minutes from here to the University of London campus. Not only is it just south of the centre of the capital, but Kennington is within walking distance of London’s South Bank, the bars and clubs around Vauxhall and just a short bus journey away from Clapham High Street or Brixton – depending on what kind of night out you prefer.

Kennington to Goodge Street in 9 minutes

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