The CBRE Residential Guide to Student Living in Covent Garden

Covent Garden is one of London’s leading areas for shopping and entertainment, with a number of global brands having made the area their home. People come from all over London, and much further afield, to visit Covent Garden and its infamous market; while the vibrant Piazza is home to a number of popular bars and restaurants which are ideal for any student living in London.

A part of both the Borough of Camden and the City of Westminster, and bordered by Shaftesbury Avenue to the North and the River Thames to the South, a lot has been packed into the Covent Garden area. Over the years the area has evolved from a convent’s garden outside St Paul’s Church into one of London’s most famous locations. The pedestrianized area is based around a cobbled square where you may even come across a number of live performers, street food vendors and big-name shops.

The area itself is one of the most sought after in the whole of London, and it’s easy to see why. With countless fantastic restaurants, a range of popular bars offering the latest cocktails and live music, a market and Piazza packed full of branded and independent retailers and excellent transport links; it’s immediately obvious why anyone would want to buy or rent a property in Covent Garden – and that’s before we’ve touched on the student lettings.

What’s it like to be a student living in Covent Garden?

As a student living in Covent Garden, the area has everything that you could possibly need. From fantastic student lettings in a part of London that is so popular it might not be long before there’s a waiting list, to trendy bars and plenty of places to grab a bite to eat whatever takes your fancy – Covent Garden has it all.

London has already been voted as the third best city in the world for students, and Covent Garden is a major contributor to that ranking. The area itself may not be the largest physically, but in terms of how much there is in this central London district, it’s far larger than many would imagine and with more than 60 different pubs and bars in the Covent Garden area you’re sure to find somewhere that offers great drinks and an even greater atmosphere.

That vibrant and welcoming nature of Covent Garden is part of what makes it so popular for students. Whether you’re the kind of person who enjoys socialising or you just want to go for a quick coffee between lectures with course mates, Covent Garden has something that would appeal to any student living in London and the types of student properties available reflect this.

The CBRE Residential collection of student rentals in Covent Garden are situated in the very heart of the area with many overlooking the famous Piazza. These beautifully finished new developments and recently refurbished properties include key features such for a student living in London including uninterrupted views across Covent Garden along with modern interiors, spacious bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms, gym and sauna facilities, balconies, private roof terraces and perfect public transport links from a prime London location.

We have student rentals close to some of London’s major Universities including the London School of Economics, which is situated to the North East of Covent Garden, as well as a number of student lettings near King’s College London which is to the South East and closer to the Thames. All of our properties are finished to the highest standards and many have had the input of some of the leading interior designers to ensure that they are right up-to-date in terms of colour schemes, design and furnishings.

Whatever you’re looking for, the team at CBRE Residential are here to help you. We can work with you, your budget and your property requirements to identify the most suitable student lettings in Covent Garden which you can then look around in person or via Skype if you’re unable to attend the viewing in person.

We can also help with everything from the negotiations with the landlord to organising contracts and handing over the keys to make the whole process as smooth and stress-free as possible. Our team are even able to assist you if you’re looking to buy a student property in Covent Garden for private renting or if you’re interested in becoming a landlord and letting your property to students so don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to find out more.

Nightlife and live entertainment

With more than 60 different pubs and bars in the Covent Garden area you’re guaranteed to find a venue that ticks every box. Whether you enjoy a quiet drink in an up-market bar with friends or you’re into venues that offer great drinks and live music, Covent Garden offers something to suit you. Best of all, you never have to walk or travel too far in search of an alternative if the music or vibe aren’t to your taste.

Leicester Square is one of London’s most famous areas and this is just a short walk to the West of Covent Garden. Many of the world’s most famous film stars have graced the red carpet in Leicester Square ahead of their movie premieres so you have the opportunity to spot some of the biggest stars in Hollywood – and because Covent Garden is such a popular and vibrant area you may even see some celebrities in the various bars.

For a more cultural evening, the Royal Opera House stands proudly in Covent Garden and has shows throughout the day as well as evening productions and guided tours should you wish to take a look around backstage. The venue is home to the Royal Ballet, the Royal Opera and the ROH Orchestra which means that there is the chance to take in a range of productions; and the Royal Opera House has its own restaurant with views over the Piazza if you feel like grabbing some food before a show. 

St Martin’s Theatre and the Lyceum Theatre are two other fantastic venues in the area, showing productions that have included The Lion King and The Mousetrap over the years.

In terms of eateries, Rules is believed to be the oldest restaurant in all of London, with the venue having opened back in 1798. Such is the popularity and charm of the Maiden Lane restaurant; it has appeared countless times on the small and big screen having featured in the James Bond film “Spectre” starring Daniel Craig and more widely in the internationally renowned period drama Downton Abbey.

Flat Iron is another immensely popular restaurant in the heart of Covent Garden and has space for more than 180 diners – it even houses its own butchers!

Street food vendors and performers are located all around the Market Square and Piazza which can help to create a wonderful atmosphere all year round. Performers encourage people to get involved with their acts or to take a seat to watch the next show, while street food vendors are cooking their food freshly and right before your eyes to order which means you get some delicious smells drifting across the Piazza.

Transport links in Covent Garden 

The main Covent Garden Underground station is at the top of James Street. The station serves the Piccadilly line and is situated to the North of the main Market Square where it’s just a short walk to the Piazza or the areas around Covent Garden that include Leicester Square, Strand, Holborn and Trafalgar Square.

Charing Cross, Embankment and Temple Underground stations are also within close proximity and connect people living in their student accommodation in Covent Garden to the wider London Area and their specific Universities.

The area is also well served from a National Rail perspective. Charing Cross, Waterloo, Waterloo East and the City Thameslink stations are all just a short walk from Covent Garden and enable residents and visitors to get around the city – or the UK – with ease. Connections are also available that will take students living in London to other major stations including St Pancras International and London Euston.

Buses run through the immediate vicinity at regular intervals with many stopping at key locations including Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square and Aldwych making the Universities easily accessible however you choose to travel. More information on public transport in London and planning your journey can be found on the Transport for London website.

Shopping in Covent Garden

Shopping has become a major part of life in Covent Garden and the traditional market, which still remains prominent today, is at the heart of this. Local traders are present throughout the week selling their handmade creations and this helps to create a great atmosphere around the Piazza with the buzz of excitement generated by these local traders.

In addition to their fantastic range of handmade jewellery, unique clothing and accessories; Covent Garden is also home to a number of international brands. Whatever you’re looking to spend your cash on, you’ll find it here.

From global tech giants to fashion brands who can be found in New York, Paris and Milan; Covent Garden is home to them all. The likes of Apple, Bose, Chanel, Dior, Armani, Pandora, Trevor Sorbie, Barbour, Burberry, Kurt Keiger, Karen Millen, Mulberry, Rolex, Hackett and Chanel all have stores and boutiques in the Covent Garden area selling their incredible high-end fashions, gadgets and jewellery.

In addition to Covent Garden Market Square, St Martin’s Courtyard is fast becoming another of London’s most popular shopping areas. The open-air courtyard is still in the very centre of Covent Garden but provides a wonderful contrast to the more traditional Market. It offers shoppers a number of unique and independent stores combined with a number of established brands with boutiques and flagships. 

Landmarks and Tourist Destinations in Covent Garden

The London Transport Museum is a Victorian building located on the East of the Piazza, originally used as a flower market. It was turned into a museum at the beginning of the 20th century as a home for retired London buses before the collection was updated with a range of classic British vehicles.

The Grade I listed Drury Lane Theatre was first opened in 1663 but has been extensively redeveloped over the years without moving from its location. It was destroyed by fire less than a decade after opening and is today owned by the composer Andrew Lloyd Webber who uses the venue to host a number of his shows during their national tours.

St Paul’s Church is one of the most iconic landmarks in the area and was built in 1633. It has gone on to be given the nickname of “the Actor’s Church” as the space immediately outside is widely used by street performers.

The beautiful neo-classical building Somerset House is situated to the South of Covent Garden, between Strand and the River. During the summer this arts and cultural centre is home to 55 fully-functioning fountains that are programmed to display a wonderful water show and the area is transformed into an ice rink in the winter. The area is used for open-air concerts and films during the summer with a spectacular backdrop. Guided tours of the House are available. 

Gyms in Covent Garden

Many of the CBRE Residential student properties in Covent Garden and the surrounding area have their own gym and sauna facilities. Health and fitness is now at the top of a lot of people’s list of priorities and a number of our new developments have had private fitness facilities built in enabling residents to head downstairs for a run, cycle, swim, sauna or weights session whenever they wish.

There are also a number of exclusive gyms in the Covent Garden area where personal trainers are on-hand to private one-to-one tuition.

Hospitals near Covent Garden

St Bart’s and the University College London Hospital are all within close proximity of Covent Garden should you require any medical attention. Great Ormond Street has a global reputation for being a fantastic children’s hospital, St Bart’s is a specialist centre and the UCL Hospital is a teaching hospital close to the main campus which is ideal for medical students at the University to gain experience in their chosen field.

To find out more about buying a student property in Covent Garden, or any of our student rentals in London, click here for a list of contact details at CBRE Residential.