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Students at King's live in all areas of London. In February 2018 we asked students attending our National Student Money Week stall to tell us where they lived, how they commuted and to comment on their favourite thing about where they live. 

Approximately 400 students responded to our survey and you can see the results in our interactive map

We asked our Money Mentors to describe the area where they live, here's what they said:

Walworth (Near Elephant and Castle)

Type: Private Rented with 2 flatmates
Area Vibe: Multicultural, diverse, up and coming
Commute to Campus: 25 minutes walk to Guy’s campus, 30 minutes walk to Denmark Hill campus or about a 15 minute bus to each.
Favourite thing to do in the area: Charity shops on a Walworth Road for fashion at great prices! Burgess Park for barbecues too
What made you decide to live here: Really lovely flat, easy commute, great for food shopping

Elephant and Castle

Type: Private rented
Area Vibe: As elephant & castle is an area that has undergone gentrification recently, there has been a lot of development of new buildings, shopping centres, etc. It is most definitely an up and coming place filled with places to go to and students (as most of the places are affordable).
Commute to Campus: Guy's Campus is the closest to my place (20 min walk). However all the different is very accessible. It is possible to reach all the different campuses through all modes of transportation. However, after living in this area for 2 years the best mode of transport (and the cheapest too!) would be to walk!
Favourite thing to do in the area: I like try the different types of food around the area. There is always new restaurants popping up so there is always plenty of good food to buy. For those people that like shopping there are also a lot of charity shops along walworth road which means affordable shopping (with the added bonus of helping charities)
What made you decide to live here: The rent in this area was very affordable and it is also very close to all the campuses.

Elephant and Castle

Type: Private rented with 3 flatmates
Area Vibe: Cheap with access to a lot of supermarkets like Lidl, East Street Market. Also great commute as the furthest campus (Strand) is only 35-40 min walk away and 15 minutes on the bus on a good day. Easy commute to Guys and Waterloo too
Commute to Campus: 25 mins max - Waterloo & Guys - Mostly Walk
Walk to Strand on a good day, bus to Strand and Waterloo if necessary
Favourite thing to do in the area: Walk and exploring to the galleries around
What made you decide to live here: Easy commute and I have lived in this area for 3 years so familiarity too

London Bridge

Type: Private rented with 2 flatmates
Area Vibe: Very central with a buzzing atmosphere due to many local bars and restaurants
Commute to Campus: 6 minute walk to Guys campus
Favourite thing to do in the area: Eating out at the restaurants
What made you decide to live here: The rent is relatively cheap for where it is and it is close to Guy's hospital where I do all of my studying

Bermondsey, South London

Type: Private Rented with 2 flatmates
Area Vibe: Quiet, calm, dynamic
Commute to Campus: 30 min Bus ride (no changing)
Favourite thing to do in the area: Run in Southwark Park
What made you decide to live here: Cheap rent, great place, fairly accessible, owner is former King's alumnus

Southwark

Type: Private rented with 2 flatmates
Area Vibe: calm, friendly
Commute to Campus: It is walking distance (10 mins) to guy's campus and (25 mins) to Waterloo campus. Bus journey to other campuses (Strand and Denmark Hill).
Favourite thing to do in the area: It is close to a park, walking distance to borough market and close transport links into central places e.g. oxford street etc
What made you decide to live here: Previously lived in student halls in the same area, therefore knew the area well. It was close to campus and meant I can spend more time on campus and going to university events.

Hoxton, East London

Type: Private rented with 2 flatmates
Area Vibe: Hipster, up and coming, lively, busy
Commute to Campus: The Strand campus is closest. I can walk into uni in about 45 minutes or I can take the tube in half an hour or bus in 40 minutes.
Favourite thing to do in the area: I enjoy going to Boxpark to eat or trying new pop up style eateries.
What made you decide to live here: I like the area, it is lively and there are always things to do. It is also close to campus and the rent is relatively cheap.


Some of our Money Mentors live at home and commute to campus, here is what they told us about their areas and tips for commuting students:

Latimer Road, North Kensington

Type: Live at home
Area Vibe: The main vibe in this area is all about community. There are many community spaces and events. With access to leisure centres, the Westway for variety of sports, and main big shopping areas are 15-20 mins walk away such as Westfield
Commute to Campus: 45 mins commute by tube, I would say it takes equal amount of time to get to each campus, with about 10 minute variation
Favourite thing to do in the area: I enjoy going to Holland Park.
What made you decide to live here: I've lived in the area for most of my life.

How do you balance your commute with time on campus: I try to get in earlier if I had an afternoon lecture so I can fit in other things to do at campus before the lecture. I would also try to avoid rush hour if possible as that helps reduce your commute.
Tips for making sure you do not miss out on campus activities or social events: During the more lecture-based years of my course, I tried to get in earlier to try fit in other errands, tasks before lectures and would hang around campus if there was student society events in the evening. With that, I can fit in some academic work and social events within my time at campus.

Isle of Dogs, East London

Type: Live at home
Area Vibe: Quiet, mostly residential. Business orientated as Canary Wharf & South Quay is close by.
Commute to Campus: 45-60 mins Jubilee line from Canary Wharf to Waterloo or DLR then underground to Temple.
Favourite thing to do in the area: Walk along the dock or the river. There's also a gym close by, and a few shops.
What made you decide to live here: The commute isn't too long for London to warrant moving out and I don't have to pay a lot of rent.

How do you balance your commute with time on campus: It can feel long commuting in and out so I stay on campus when I don't have lectures to study and socialise and go home during off-peak times.

Tips for making sure you do not miss out on campus activities or social events: Check social media, ask friends and, plan ahead. Sign up to email alerts for any societies you're interested in.

Hounslow

Type: Live at Home
Area Vibe: Green!
Commute to Campus: I take the tube to university which takes an hour and a half on good days. Guys campus is the closest to me and the quickest to get to.
Favourite thing to do in the area: Go to the park and go shopping on the highstreet.
What made you decide to live here: I live at home but when we moved here we looked for an area where the transport is easy to access and there are shops nearby and most importantly the prices are reasonable.

How do you balance your commute with time on campus: I try to relax during my commute so that I am refreshed when I come home and ready to start working or studying as required. I work best at home so when I dont need to be on campus I come home to work.

Tips for making sure you do not miss out on campus activities or social events: Make time and the effort to stay back a little longer to enjoy yourself. Societies are a good way to socialise. Another good way is to have a friend who lives on campus so you can stay over if the social event gets too late.

Aylesbury (North of London, 3 stations out of zone 9)

Type: Live at home
Area Vibe: Dead in terms of social activities but very green
Commute to Campus: 90 mins, I am driven to the station where I take the train. I change at Marylebone and either walk to or take the tube from Baker Street and the jubilee line to Guys. I could take the bakerloo straight to Waterloo if I was going there.
Favourite thing to do in the area: My favourite place is an ice cream parlour

How do you balance your commute with time on campus: I just completed my first year and to be honest, I did not balance my time well but have learnt from this. For next year I have chosen specific modules to balance my commute better in return for longer days and having one day a week free from lectures so that I can stay at home and study. In my second term I will often only have to come in on Mondays and Tuesdays so I have less time commuting and more time for study. 

For more information about different areas of London from a students perspective, this blog website by University of the Arts London is really useful:

 
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