Central London Living - A Guide for International Students

By Hudsons | 14th Sep 2017 | Property Advice

For international students studying at a central London university, finding a flat can be a daunting task. Below we’ve provided a guide about the areas of central London in association with the most popular central London universities. With September heralding the start of the academic year, rental demand reaches its annual crescendo and tenants are well advised to act quickly and decisively in order to avoid disappointment.  

Universities and their 3 closest residential areas

UCL
Bloomsbury – the UCL campus is located within Bloomsbury so renting a property in this area would be a walkable 5-minute commute. 
Fitzrovia – this is the closest neighbouring borough of the UCL campus and would be a walkable 10-15 minute commute
Covent Garden- all of Covent Garden is within a 20-minute walk of Senate House that essentially marks the focal point and centre of the UCL campus. 

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LSE
Holborn – although the LSE campus is based within Holborn, the closest residential areas are a 10-15 minute walk away. 
Covent Garden - all of Covent Garden is within a 15-minute walk of the London School of Economics.
Bloomsbury – the southern portion of Bloomsbury is within very walkable 10-minute commute of LSE. 

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Hult International Business School
Bloomsbury – the Hult Graduate Campus is located within central Bloomsbury so renting a property in this area will always be no more than a 15-20 minute walk. 
Clerkenwell - only a 5-10 minute walk from Hult International Business School Graduate Campus.
Holborn –the Hult International Business School Graduate Campus is only a 5-minute walk from the main residential area of Holborn.

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University of London
Bloomsbury – the University of London campus is located within Bloomsbury so renting a property in this area would be a walkable 5 minute commute. 
Fitzrovia – this is the closest neighbouring borough of the University of London campus and would be a walkable 10-15 minute commute
Covent Garden- all of Covent Garden is within a 20-minute walk of Senate House that essentially marks the focal point and centre of the University of London campus. 

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SOAS
Bloomsbury – the SOAS campus is located within Bloomsbury so renting a property in this area would be a walkable 5-minute commute. 
Fitzrovia – this is the closest neighboring borough of the SOAS campus and would be a walkable 10-15-minute commute
Covent Garden- all of Covent Garden is within a 20-minute walk of the School of Oriental and African Studies.

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Central London Residential Areas

Bloomsbury
A considerable amount of Bloomsbury is given over to UCL, University of London and SOAS Campus Buildings and residential property available to rent is primarily located to the east of the main university sites. Private rental stock within the area varies greatly, however, the prominence is for red brick mansion block style developments, mixed with flats, within converted 18th and 19th century properties. Rental pricing starts at around £300 per week for studio flats, £375 per week for 1 bedroom flats and from £450 per week for 2 bedroom homes. 

The Hult Graduate Campus at John Street is located in one of Bloomsbury’s most celebrated streets with the first houses being built in 1754 for the wealthy. Further north towards Kings Cross rental values tend to be softer and the housing stock becomes more varied with a greater variety of styles and ages. Rental pricing starts at around £300 per week for studio flats, £375 per week for 1 bedroom flats and from £450 per week for 2 bedroom homes.

As estate agents in Bloomsbury, we are well placed to provide expert advice on the local area.

Fitzrovia
Separated from Bloomsbury by the main thoroughfare of Tottenham Court Road Fitzrovia is particularly popular with UCL, University of London and SOAS students and has enjoyed a period of intense regeneration over latter years. The area gets its name from Fitzroy Square with student friendly accommodation located within the period terraces of surrounding streets. Rental prices start from £365 per week for a 1 bedroom and £425 per week for a 2 bedroom flat. 3 bedroom flats range from £700 per week upwards. Developments such as Pearson Square close to Goodge Street and Regents Place offer high end contemporary living space incorporating 24 hour security and generate strong demand. 1 bedroom apartments within these developments let for between £600 and £700 per week and 2 bedrooms from £900 per week.

As estate agents in Fitzrovia, we are well placed to provide expert advice on the local area.

Covent Garden
Although known principally for the tourist hot spot of The Piazza, Covent Garden has a surprisingly high number of 19th century red brick blocks comprising mostly of 1 bedroom flats which lend themselves well to student lets. The roads off Drury Lane offer many such blocks that are ideally placed for quick access for college but at an affordable price. 1 bedroom flats of this type typically rent for between £375 and £450 per week. Over recent years, Covent Garden has been the focus of some landmark residential developments, an example of which is Central St Giles close to Tottenham Court Road Station. Flats within this building offer contemporary standards of luxury and 24-hour security.  

As estate agents in Covent Garden, we are well placed to provide expert advice on the local area.

Holborn
Both the London School of Economics and Political Science and Hult International Business School are located close to the legal quarter of Holborn’s Lincolns Inn. Traditionally this is an area not well known for a proliferation of residential property and rental opportunities tend be scattered throughout the area. Red Lion Square and the surrounding Streets do provide a variety of property types ranging from older period style converted flats, modern purpose-built blocks and some privately-owned ex social housing. Prices start from around £400 per week for a 1 bedroom flat and £550 per week for 2 bedrooms.

Clerkenwell
Rich in history and only a 5-minute walk from Hult International Business school Clerkenwell has seen an extensive residential regeneration over the last 20 years. Many old industrial buildings and warehouses have been converted into luxury apartments and flats and the area has become increasingly popular as a desirable and fashionable place to live. The area offers extensive rental opportunities with 1 bedroom flats priced from £375 per week and 2 bedroom units from around £550 upwards.