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The CBRE Residential Guide to Student Living in Hammersmith
Forming a part of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, Hammersmith is an area that has grown and grown since it was first established as a small village in West London. It is one of the most easily accessible areas of the city thanks to its excellent public transport links and its situated on one of the most widely used roads into and out of central London.
Hammersmith has continued to evolve right up to the present day where it is the home to a significant number of young single people, couples and families; along with a wealth of students who have been attracted to the area to attend the city’s internationally renowned Universities and the Hammersmith area’s reputation for being one of the best places for any student living in London.
Packed full of some of London’s most popular live entertainment venues, exclusive bars, Michelin-star restaurants and much, much more; the CBRE Residential Guide to student living in Hammersmith will provide you with all you need to know if you’re thinking about buying or renting any form of student accommodation in Hammersmith.
What’s it like to be a student living in Hammersmith?
From a student’s perspective there are plenty of things to do and places to go in Hammersmith. The area isn’t the largest when compared to other London boroughs and districts, but that’s what helps to make student living in Hammersmith so popular – you never have to go too far to find something to do.
Hammersmith is a short trip on the Underground from some of London’s most popular and famous Universities including Imperial College London and CBRE Residential have a number of beautiful student lettings near Hammersmith that offer a wide range of modern features that appeal to students living in London either on their own or with friends.
Our student rentals are finished to the highest specifications with many designed by leading interior designers to ensure that they meet and even surpass your expectations. If you’re interested in any of our student rentals in London then we can work with you, your budget and your requirements to find the perfect student property to buy or rent. We can even help with negotiations with the landlord and to organise your moving in date so that you can look forward to being a student living in London.
When it comes to things to see and do in the area King Street, which runs through the very centre of Hammersmith, has recently seen a rapid growth in terms of the number of bars and restaurants on offer; many of which are perfect for students. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to grab a quick bite to eat on your way to or from University, or somewhere a bit more exclusive to go with friends or family, King Street is the place to go if you’re a student living in Hammersmith, Kensington, Fulham or anywhere else in the local area.
Nightlife and live entertainment
For nightlife and live entertainment in Hammersmith you’re very well catered for. Short of living in Leicester Square in the heart of the city, Hammersmith is the best place to live for entertainment venues regardless of your taste and preference.
Without a doubt the most popular and famous venue is the Hammersmith Apollo which hosts all kinds of live gigs throughout the year ranging from small bands, solo artists and comedians taking their first steps in the profession to nationally and internationally recognised artists and comedians. The popular BBC show “Live at the Apollo” is recorded live from the venue and you may even stumble across a celebrity or two in the foyer.
Another famous Hammersmith venue is the O2 Empire in Shepherd’s Bush to the North of Hammersmith. This venue has a capacity of around 2,000 and is a great place to witness a range of new acts. Lyric Hammersmith is a wonderful theatre featuring a variety of different live stage performances throughout the year and the Kensington Olympia is an exhibition centre that is home to a number of great events including Beer Festivals and Fashion Shows.
Of course, not everybody is looking for live entertainment when they venture out into Hammersmith in the evenings. The relatively young population in the area means that it’s a vibrant and lively area and the changing demographic has prompted a number of fantastic new bars to open with a number of exclusive venues for the rich and famous to frequent.
Hammersmith is also home to around 10 Michelin Star rated restaurants. Should you wish to travel a little further in search of a delicious and highly-rated meal then there are a number of 2 and 3-star restaurants within a short journey in the Kensington, Mayfair and Chelsea areas to the east of Hammersmith.
River Café is arguably the most famous of these Michelin-star restaurants in Hammersmith, situated in the very heart of the area and – as the name may suggest – it is located close to the banks of the River Thames which makes for a spectacular setting for you to enjoy a meal out.
Transport links in Hammersmith
Hammersmith is a real hub for public transport in London. Students living in London can access Underground lines going all over the city with two dedicated Hammersmith Underground stations. These separate stations house services on the Circle, Hammersmith and City, District, and Piccadilly lines. There is also a station at Ravenscourt Park.
All of these Underground services will take students into the centre of London in a matter of minutes making this an ideal commuter area for those studying at the major Universities but wishing to live in student rentals near Hammersmith as opposed to central London.
At the other end of Hammersmith and down by the River Thames, the A4 runs from the west of the city into central London and connects to the M4 motorway, making it one of the capital’s busiest commuter routes. It is also the main road from Heathrow airport to the city of London making for a relatively straightforward journey for any international students or people jetting off on holiday the end of the semester.
Shopping in Hammersmith
Shopping is a big deal in the West of London with many of the most exclusive and high-end brands having premises in or close to the area. In Hammersmith you’re well looked after when it comes to shopping, especially since the Westfield Shopping Centre opened almost a decade ago. With around 370 stores and car parking spaces for more than 4,500 cars you can easily pass your spare time with a bit of window shopping and browsing.
The King’s Mall shopping centre is another popular area for a spot of retail therapy in this vibrant area of Hammersmith while the Ealing Broadway shopping centre is located in the heart of the district with plenty of stores both in and outside with plenty of clothing, jewellery and entertainment retailers to browse.
Landmarks and Tourist Destinations in Hammersmith
Ravenscourt Park is the largest green space in Hammersmith and genuinely feels as though you’re a long way away from the hustle and bustle central London.
Hammersmith Suspension Bridge is one of the most iconic landmarks in the district, providing access from the North side to the South side of the River Thames. It was the first suspension bridge to be built over the river back in 1827 and after a number of renovations over the years is now a Grade II listed stricture spanning just over 200-metres in length.
Just over the border from Hammersmith are the Royal Albert Hall and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Both of which are located in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, as is arguably the most famous department store in the UK – Harrods.
The vast open space at Hyde Park is also within an easy trip from Hammersmith, where you can visit Kensington Palace or just enjoy the vast open space in the heart of London. The park also plays host to a number of music festivals and open air performances throughout the year so be sure to pay attention to the events calendar.
Gyms in Hammersmith
Health and fitness has become a key consideration for a lot of people in recent years with students in particular looking for gyms and fitness studios to join in order to stay fit and healthy. A lot of CBRE Residential’s student rentals in London have their own on-site gyms and sauna facilities, but for anyone living in Hammersmith where there are no on-site gyms there are plenty of other options.
Gyms and fitness clubs are widely available throughout the Hammersmith area where differing membership levels will provide you with different benefits ranging from personal trainers to swimming pools depending on the venue.
Hospitals in Hammersmith
Charing Cross Hospital is the closest major hospital in the Hammersmith area. The Accident & Emergency and teaching departments at Charing Cross are run by the Imperial College London School of Medicine and that means that a lot of students spend time in the various departments as part of their University placements.
The Famous Faces of Hammersmith
Hammersmith has been the home to numerous famous faces over the years either as people who have been born and bred in the area or who may have moved to attend University or for professional purposes.
A significant number of celebrities from Hammersmith have come from the entertainment industry including Lily Allen, Bill Bailey, Sacha Baren Cohen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cara Delevingne, Hugh Grant, Miranda Hart, Dame Helen Mirren, and the late Alan Rickman.
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