The CBRE Residential Guide to Student Living in King's Cross & St Pancras

King’s Cross developed as an area of London widely regarded as an important industrial heartland. Its prime location and the growth of rail travel helped the area to flourish, but as time went on the area started to fall into disrepair with a number of warehouses and buildings left unused when the railway lines became more widely used for passengers than goods. 

Today, however, the King’s Cross and St Pancras area is flourishing again with a brand new development. A 67-acre site has being transformed from an underused industrial plot into an exciting and vibrant new residential and commercial area which will eventually see 50 new buildings and 1,900 new homes built, with the developments becoming a blend of student rentals, offices, bars and restaurants.

While many, quite understandably, will associate the areas of King’s Cross and Saint Pancras with their national and international train stations; it’s important not to overlook the fact that the area is also a thriving residential district. Situated in the centre of London to the east of Regent’s Park, living in King’s Cross and St Pancras is becoming increasingly desirable among professionals, young families and students especially now that the newly redeveloped King’s Cross has taken shape.

The area has always been well known for its Victorian and Georgian properties, as well as a number of converted warehouses that have already been turned into highly sought after student lettings, private rentals and family homes with plenty more to come as the developments continue.

What’s it like to be a student living in King’s Cross and St Pancras?

For a student living in London, King’s Cross has become one of the most desirable places not only to spend time, but to live. The redevelopments have resulted in a wealth of fantastic new student lettings, shops, bars and restaurants all of which have a particular pull factor for students looking for ways to spend their downtime without having to travel into the city or bustling areas in central London.

UCL is right on your doorstep, as are the two major rail stations of King’s Cross and St Pancras International meaning that you can be on campus in a matter of moments and easily connected to the wider UK or even Europe should you wish to discover European cities such as Paris and Brussels.

Beneath King’s Cross station is the King’s Cross St Pancras Underground station making connections to London incredibly simple, which is ideal for those moving to London for University or for those going on their travels. Passengers can then take one of six Underground lines across the city to reach the various landmarks, attractions, Universities and student rentals in London.

From a student’s perspective the options are almost endless when it comes to student accommodation. Here at CBRE Residential we have a wide range of beautifully finished student lettings in King’s Cross, all designed to the highest of standards and within a short distance of transport links and London’s main Universities.

Our student rentals in King’s Cross include one bedroom student flats as well as a number of great studio flats with modern interiors and a range of the most in-demand features. These student lettings come both fully furnished or as a blank canvas depending on your chosen property meaning that you can move in straight away without worrying about furniture, or you can start with a blank slate and design the property to your own tastes.

These highly sought after student rentals are in prime London locations and are the perfect size for students. They come with large, open-plan kitchens with high ceilings, modern décor and luxuries such as balconies with unspoilt views over the capital, heated flooring, walk-in wardrobes and short walks to the train and tube stations, bars, restaurants, shops and Universities.

The CBRE Residential team are on-hand to help with anything you need. We can start out by working with your requirements and budget to identify a range of great student properties to rent or buy and we’ll then arrange to show you around in person or via Skype if you’re unable to attend. We can also help with everything from your offer to the landlord to moving-in dates and collecting your keys to take the stress out of moving into your new luxurious student property in King’s Cross. 

Nightlife and live entertainment in King's Cross & St Pancras 

The newly redeveloped King’s Cross area has created all kinds of fabulous bars and restaurants offering cuisine from around the world, the very latest cocktails, live music and themed events plus great atmospheres to get you in the mood for your night out. Many of the new bars and restaurants in King’s Cross have started to attract London’s elite and those visiting the City of London on business and the new exclusive venues are regularly packed out.

Kings Place is a multi-purpose venue a short walk to the north of King’s Cross station. Here you’ll find a number of different music and arts events throughout the year along with great restaurants where you can grab something to eat or drink before the show.

O2 Academy Islington is a popular live music venue to the east of King’s Cross, close to the Angel Underground station which is reachable by taking the Northern line from King’s Cross. The 800-seater venue is popular for smaller, intimate music gigs and for a number of nationally popular comedians.

When hunger strikes and you want something tasty to eat from one of the best restaurants in the area, you’re well served as a student living in King’s Cross and St Pancras. Dishoom King’s Cross is an Indian restaurant serving up incredible street food from a vintage-styled venue.

Venues such as Caravan and the Grain Store in Granary Square are popular eateries where fine dining is guaranteed. 

Transport links near to King's Cross & St Pancras 

No area of London is better connected in terms of public transport than King’s Cross and St Pancras. While there may not be the largest number of Underground stations, passengers can travel from student accommodation in King’s Cross to every part of the capital with the King’s Cross St Pancras station offering access to six different tube lines.

Other Underground stations in the King’s Cross and St Pancras area include Euston Square (on the Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines), Warren Street (which is on the Northern and Victoria lines) and Mornington Crescent (on the Northern line).

King’s Cross, St Pancras International and London Euston mainline railways stations are all in the King’s Cross and St Pancras area. All three connect London and its residents to the wider UK and, in the case of St Pancras, European cities including Brussels and Paris. Since 2007 St Pancras has been the London home of the Eurostar which transports passengers to France and Belgium in around two hours.

London Euston is just a five minute walk from the centre of the King’s Cross area and services here can connect passengers to cities such as Manchester in the north in around two hours via the high-speed services.

There are 14 bus routes through the King’s Cross and St Pancras area meaning that you can easily travel by road to your University if you’d prefer. A lot of London bus services pick up and drop off close to many of our student lettings, as well as stopping near to the University campuses including UCL, King’s College London and other major campuses in the city.

Passengers can travel using a contactless credit card or an Oyster Card, which can also be used on the city’s Overground, Underground and DLR services. More information about travelling in London including planning your journey and details on any disruption can be found on the Transport for London (TfL) website.

Shopping in King's Cross & St Pancras 

Following the recent regeneration of the King’s Cross and St Pancras area there are now a wealth of new shops and shopping areas that appeal to everyone living in the area, as well as those passing through.

Major brands such as Nike have opened stores in the “new King’s Cross” area, with two floors worth of sports equipment for you to browse. There are also a number of great boutiques and independent stores amongst the chains and high-end brands, enabling you to pick out a truly unique present or something special to wear to your next formal occasion.

Caledonian Road and the Regent Quarter are also well known shopping districts in the area where you’re certain to find an eclectic mix of stores and street food. These areas are known for appealing to students living in London because of their unique styles and handmade items so be sure to take time out to  have a wander around as you never quite know what you’ll find!

Landmarks and Tourist Destinations in King’s Cross and St Pancras

The British Library is one of London’s most popular places to visit. Within the library are all kinds of texts and resources that even include a copy of the Magna Carta and some handwritten lyrics from The Beatles. The library is situated right in the centre of the area just a short walk from King’s Cross and contains more than 14 million books with around 400 miles of shelves!

Granary Square is a public square in the centre of the newly developed area with more than 1,000 fountains all set to perform at certain times in certain ways with the assistance of LED lighting to portray a colourful, inviting area for people to relax and watch the world go by. The square is lined with shops, eateries, cafes and bars but be sure to bring a towel if you plan on running through the fountains on a hot summer’s day!

King’s Cross Platform 9¾ is famous for its role in the Harry Potter books and films, created by J.K. Rowling. For those unfamiliar with the story, the main characters – Harry, Ron and Hermione – travel to Hogwarts School by train, and the way that they reach the platform is to magically run through the wall between platforms 9 and 10 at King’s Cross station, onto a platform called 9 ¾.

Regent’s Park is one of London’s most famous and largest green spaces. While technically situated outside the King’s Cross area, it’s within a short distance of many of the student rentals in the area and provides you with the ideal place to go and enjoy the great outdoors without having to leave the city.

As a part of the regeneration of King’s Cross, a number of new parks and green spaces were created to encourage residents to get outside to enjoy the area. Rather than spending all night in your student accommodation, whip up a picnic or cold meal and enjoy it in the sunshine with friends.

Gyms in King's Cross and St Pancras 

Health and fitness are more important to people today than they have been in a long time. The days of students living off beans on toast and calling a walk to the shops their exercise are a thing of the past and now gyms, fitness centres and a balanced diet are of paramount importance.

As such many of the newly developed or renovated student rentals in London – and those in the King’s Cross and St Pancras area – come with their own state-of-the-art on-site gyms and saunas with the latest fitness equipment to help you get in shape.

These gyms are free to use for residents as part of your rental agreement, or you can pay a monthly or annual membership to attend a more advanced gym in the area or employ the services of a personal trainer to come and devise a tailored fitness programme for you that helps you meet your health and fitness goals.

Hospitals in King's Cross and St Pancras 

University College London (UCL) Hospital is in the south western corner of King’s Cross, close to London Euston railway station and the Euston Square Underground station. This is one of London’s leading teaching hospitals and provides plenty of opportunities for medical students to undertake placements and ward rotations in an internationally renowned medical institution with leading doctors and nurses in their fields.

Many students look for student rentals near King’s Cross to be closer to the hospital and their University campus, factoring in the excellent transport links should they need them to either commute or to travel across the city to socialise or to learn more about being a student living in London today.

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