The CBRE Residential Guide to Student Living in Paddington

Paddington, formerly a London Borough of its own, was integrated with the City of Westminster in 1965 but remains an influential area of the capital. Today a major regeneration project is taking place, aimed at developing a number of tired or disused parts of Paddington into vibrant, thriving and sought after residential and commercial areas of London that appeals to professionals, families and students alike.

A lot of London areas are being redeveloped to bring them into the modern day and this is creating a wealth of opportunities for academics and professionals. New developments have included commercial premises, student lettings and residential properties in a prime London location with access to one of the capital’s major train stations with easy access to Heathrow Airport and the Underground to get into the city making Paddington an increasingly popular commuter area of London.

The latest redevelopments are based around the former canal and railway areas and are expected to be completed in 2018 bringing about plenty of opportunities for students graduating from University to move into their own properties or jobs in premises occupied by leading businesses looking to move to a recently redeveloped part of London with excellent transport links.

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

For a student living in Paddington, as already mentioned, you are well connected. Many areas of London have several Underground stations and plenty of bus routes; but Paddington is one of the closest areas to Heathrow Airport which is a major plus from an international student’s perspective.

The area is close to a number of different student areas in the city, including the affluent Mayfair, Marylebone and Kensington; and the vibrant student hotspots of Covent Garden and Soho. Imperial College London is to the south of the area, across Hyde Park, and the Imperial College St Mary’s Campus is just a short walk from the station.

It’s an area that isn’t short on green space, especially with Hyde Park on the doorstep, and areas like Sheldon Square have been transformed into family and student-friendly areas where you can sit in a deckchair with a number of bars, restaurants and big screens around in the summer.

When looking for student rentals many choose to base their decisions around the proximity to their chosen Universities, but it’s also important to consider the types of transport you’ll need during your time in the capital – especially if you’re coming from overseas or if you’re not from London originally.

Paddington, therefore, is a popular choice for a lot of students and here at CBRE Residential we have a number of fantastic student lettings near Paddington with a whole host of modern features that you’re destined to fall in love with during your time as a student living in London.

Our beautifully finished student lettings in London have a luxurious and designer feel the moment you walk through the door.

Our team are here to help you to find whatever you’re looking for in a student property. We can help with every step of the process, starting with identifying the most suitable properties for you that meet your requirements and budget whether they’re student properties near Paddington or in other popular student areas in the city.

We’ve got student rentals in Covent Garden, Soho, Holborn, Bloomsbury and the City so we’re sure to find something that meets your needs. We can then show you around in person or via Skype if you can’t attend, and can also help with the negotiations should you choose to put in an offer on any of our student accommodation.

Nightlife and live entertainment in Paddington

Paddington has a lot to offer on a night out, as well as the transport links you need to take you towards some of London’s leading live entertainment venues. From fantastic restaurants to wine and whisky bars and an abundance of cocktail bars.

Angelus on Bathurst Street is one of Paddington’s leading and most popular restaurants serving a range of high quality French and European cuisine that range from light but delectable lunchtime bites to the finest evening meals you’ll find in the area. You can also pop in to simply enjoy a coffee or glass of fine wine at the bar.

The Royal Lancaster Hotel is one of London’s leading venues and is highly rated for both its accommodation and its restaurant. Guests can visit the hotel close to Hyde Park for everything from a sandwich to a fabulous evening meal, and their afternoon tea is among the best in the capital.

The rustic styling of The Lockhouse might make it look somewhat industrial, but the quality of the food and the venue as a whole are of the highest of standards. As a burger bar you might not be expecting more than a few burgers and chips on the menu, but trust us when we tell you that they’re some of the finest burgers you’ll find in the capital.

On the border with Marylebone you’ll find the Salt Whisky Bar and Dining Room. It is an ultra-modern bar and restaurant with a wide range of great whiskies for you to enjoy as well as plenty of cocktails.

If you feel like venturing out and away from Paddington then Soho and Covent Garden are particularly popular areas among London’s student population. The areas are well connected to the tube, close to a number of the most sought after student lettings as well as numerous University campuses and – most importantly – there are plenty of bars, restaurants, comedy clubs, theatres and more.

Transport links in Paddington

As touched upon already, Paddington is a popular commuter area with one of London’s leading train stations. Steeped in history and created by one of the world’s most famous engineers, Paddington Station is a real hub for Londoners and for a student living in London you’ll actually do well to never use it!

Whichever student rentals you live in during your time studying in London, and whichever University you attend, the chances are that you’ll pass through Paddington at the very least and there are plenty of different public transport offerings to help you get around.

Paddington has its own Underground station which, like many leading London train stations, is attached to the National Rail station making it easy to move from the train to the tube. Paddington Station is on the Bakerloo, Circle, District and Hammersmith & City lines meaning that there are all kinds of places that you can go to and from Paddington.

Edgware Road on the Circle, District and Hammersmith & City lines is in the north east of Paddington close to Mayfair and Marylebone which are both affluent and popular areas of London that have a lot of appeal to professionals and students alike with their mixture of high-end bars, restaurants and live entertainment venues. Lancaster Gate, on the Central line, is on the northern edge of Hyde Park and runs right along the vast green space towards Marble Arch and the main shopping streets of Bond Street and Oxford Street.

Paddington Station itself is a national mainline rail station connecting London to the south west and west of England and Wales. Passengers can travel to and from popular UK cities including Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Oxford .

The Heathrow Express runs directly from Paddington Station out to the airport. The train takes around 15 minutes and runs every 15 minutes (four services every hour), carrying around 16,000 passengers each day with prices varying from peak to off-peak times.

You can also take a walk to what is known locally as Little Venice where you can take a canal boat all the way from Paddington to Regent’s Park’s leading attractions like the London Zoo. 

Shopping in Paddington 

In terms of shopping most residents of Paddington jump on the Underground and head towards popular shopping streets like Oxford Street or the vibrant areas like Covent Garden and Soho.

Harrods, perhaps the UK’s leading department store, is to the south of the Paddington area on the opposite side of Hyde Park. The best way to get there from Paddington is from the Underground station, taking the Circle or District lines to Gloucester Road and changing for Knightsbridge.

Another of London’s main department stores, Selfridges, is to the east of the Paddington area on the western edge of Marylebone selling a wide range of exclusive fragrances, designer clothing and homeware.

Gyms in Paddingtion 

If you’re interested in health and fitness, then there are several options open to you as a student living in London

Alternatively, you can join a gym near Paddington, or ideally close to your student lettings so that you don’t have to go too far in your sweaty gym gear! There are also several our student rentals in London that have their own on-site gym and sauna rooms which residents are free to use at their leisure. These areas have been fitted out with the latest equipment and machinery to help you get fitter and healthier from home.

Hospitals in Paddington

St Mary’s Hospital is one of London’s leading hospitals and is the location where Sir Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin. It is also linked to royalty as the hospital where Prince’s William, Harry, George and Princess Charlotte were all born.

The hospital merged with Imperial College London in 1988 helping it to become one of the UK’s leading teaching hospitals, if not the leader. Teaching hospitals are often affiliated with major Universities, and the link-up with Imperial College enables both parties to get the best of both worlds – the hospital has the opportunity to work with a leading institution on research projects with access to significant funding, while students at Imperial College can gain first-hand experience in one of the country’s most famous NHS hospitals.

To find out more about our range of student lettings near Paddington, click here to get in touch with the CBRE Residential team today.