Shanie, Law Student
Area: King’s Cross
Commute time: 10-15 min walk to UCL campus
Best thing about the area: Really accessible (near King’s Cross Station) with loads of restaurants and supermarkets nearby
Any negatives: Can feel a tiny bit scary walking around late at night near the station but didn’t have any problems.
Alice, BSc Maths and Economics
Area: Russell Square
Rent: £733 per month
Beds: Individual room
Commute: 10 mins by foot to UCL
Best thing about the area: Very close to UCL and convenient for grocery shopping
Any negatives: I can’t think of any!
Area you live in: East London
Rent: Living at home
Commute time: Around 1 hour
Best thing about the area: Get to live with my family, home-cooked meals, laundry etc. easily done, no stress about paying for accommodation/Wi-Fi/bills
Any negatives: The commute to central London is relatively long, but as everything is online at the moment it’s not really an issue
Theo, BSc Mathematics
Commute: 20mins bus or cycle
Best things: lots of markets and restaurants with exotic foods, very cheap area for how close it is, a lot of UCL students in the area
Arisha, BSc Pharmacology
Area: Finsbury Park
Commute time: 30mins by tube, 45 mins by bus
Best thing about the area: Really close to Finsbury park. Less than 10mins walk to a big Sainsbury. Easy access to halal food.
Any negatives: I can’t think of anything major.
Louis, BA History with a Year Abroad
Rent: £718 pcm
Commute time: 30 mins by bus
Best things about area: Access to several parks, three supermarkets within a five minute walk, excellent transport links, great local pubs, studenty area, some great food options, feels safe at night, buzz and activity connected to the Emirates Stadium (though that could be a negative for some)
Any negatives: Is rather far from the centre (Zone 2, close to border of Zone 3), near start of A1 so pollution isn’t great
Elle, Msc Psychoanalytical Developmental Psychology
Area: Fitzrovia/ Goodge Street
Commute time: 5 mins on foot to UCL
Best thing about the area: 10 mins walk away from Regent’s Park, 5 mins from UCL, 5 mins from Soho/Oxford Street. Many good eateries within the area
Any negatives: Not really, which is the reason why I’ve never moved since my 2nd year of undergraduate studies at UCL
Isabel, BA French and Italian
Area: Kentish Town/Hampstead Heath
Rent: £485pcm (sharing room) / 650pcm (not sharing)
Commute time: 30-25 mins by bus. Bus stops right outside and goes straight to King’s Cross or Warren Street.
Best thing about the area: Really convenient location- in a cheap part of an expensive area. The house has a roof terrace.
Any negatives: the walk in to uni is just under an hour which is fine on a nice day but I wouldn’t really want to do it in the winter.