Meet the students 2017-07-31T13:11:32+00:00

MEET THE STUDENTS

We’ve spoken to Abi, Alex, Avram, Maya and Mehj about their different housing experiences to give you an idea of the variety the London housing market has to offer.

They’ve detailed their monthly costs both with and without utility bills to give you an idea of what they cost in different areas.

Abigail CollierBA German and History

Lives in: Fitzrovia, W1

Pays: £724pcm excluding bills (roughly £776 including bills)

Beds: 3

Commute time: 7 minutes (walking)

What’s the best thing about your area?

The commute to uni and having some of the best parts of London right on my doorstep.

Are there any negatives?

Living so centrally is great, but it is quite noisy and there’s a lot of light pollution.

What tip would you give someone about to start looking for somewhere to live in London?

Who you live with is more important than where. Sort that out first and then start looking for a place.

Alexander Denis Vardaxoglou BA Philosophy

Lives in: Peckham, SE15

Pays: £550pcm excluding bills (roughly £600 including bills)

Beds: 5

Commute time: About 40 minutes (tube)

What’s the best thing about your area?

There are so many affordable things to do! There are loads of nice pubs, clubs and bars, or if you just want to relax there is Peckham Rye Park and Peckham library, which are both free. Peckhamplex shows movies for £4.99 and Southwark residents can use the gym for free on Fridays and Saturdays.

Are there any negatives?

Peckham did have a reputation for being a bit rough but I find there is a real sense of community and people are generally friendly – I really enjoy living here.

The commute might sound a bit daunting but I enjoy having that extra bit of time to read, relax, and sleep (of course).

What tip would you give someone about to start looking for somewhere to live in London?

Do your research and find out the average prices of areas…You don’t want to get ripped off.

 Avram Liebenau, BA History and Russian

Lives in: Holloway, N7

Pays: £698pcm excluding bills (roughly £720 including bills)

Beds: 6

Commute time: 30 minutes (unless you take the bus at rush hour)

 What’s the best thing about your area?

Holloway has great transport links, there are lots of good parks nearby and the local supermarkets are very well-priced.

Are there any negatives?

Having grown up in North London I am used to the hustle and bustle, but if you’re not used to a big city it might seem a bit hectic at times.

What tip would you give someone about to start looking for somewhere to live in London?

If you want to live with people who have a different budget to you, you can scale your rent so that different people pay different amounts depending on the size of their room.

Also, be patient. Sometimes you may not find somewhere until very late, that’s normal.

Maya Abraham-SteeleBA English Literature

Lives in: Clapham, SW4

Pays: £750 pcm excluding bills (roughly £800 including bills)

Beds: 7

Commute time: 30 minutes (tube)

What’s the best thing about your area?

Clapham has great transport links – I can easily get to places like Brixton and Peckham but it is also very quick to get to central.

Are there any negatives?

I have to commute by tube which costs more money than walking or bus, and leaves me stuck if there are delays or strikes.

What tip would you give someone about to start looking for somewhere to live in London?

Estate agents can be pushy and intimidating and have a tendency to scaremonger you into paying more than you wanted or settling for less than your ideal. Don’t rush or panic and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Mehjabin Ahmed, Welfare and International Officer at UCLU

Having gone to UCL and worked at UCLU as Societies Officer, Bangla Society President and the Welfare and International Officer, Mehj knows all there is to know about where to get support as a student.

Lives: At home in East London, which is another option for students whose families live in the city.

What tip would you give someone about to start looking for somewhere to live in London?

UCLU has a Rights and Advice center which is there to support students. I’d encourage anyone who has any problems, be it with your contract, your housemates or even your landlord, to go and see them as they can advise you on almost anything.