The CBRE Residential Guide to Student Living in Shepherd’s Bush

Shepherd’s Bush is far more than just a part of London with two of the largest live entertainment venues. A key part of the Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, Shepherd’s Bush is a vibrant area of London’s West End that takes an integral role in The London Plan, a strategy designed to increase opportunities, health and development in the capital.

The Shepherd’s Bush area is predominantly residential with an attractive collection of retail outlets, restaurants, bars and entertainment venues appealing to families, young couples, professionals and – of course – students.

For a student living in or near Shepherd’s Bush you’ve got almost everything you could possibly want on your doorstep – and what isn’t right there is easily accessible via the many excellent transport links.

When you speak to people about Shepherd’s Bush they instantly think about live music and comedy, but that’s because they’re often not aware of just how exciting an area this is to live in or to visit. As a student living in London you should definitely pay a visit to Shepherd’s Bush (if you don’t move into one of the student rentals in the area that is) as there is plenty for you to see and do.

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

Student life in Shepherd’s Bush is evolving all the time with new trends prompting all kinds of new bars, restaurants and pop-up venues that appeal to students living right across the capital. Significant parts of London are being regenerated at the moment to bring a number of the tired or disused areas of each district into the modern day, all aimed at attracting new developments and investors to the areas.

Shepherd’s Bush already has a lot going for it in terms of its prime London location, excellent transport links and proximity to a large proportion of popular landmarks, hotspots and green spaces; so any new student lettings, commercial premises or residential properties will only add to its appeal in the coming years making now the perfect time to rent a student property or to move into the area on a permanent basis.

It might not have the 24/7 buzz of popular student areas like Covent Garden or Soho, and it may not be a playground for the rich and famous like Mayfair or Marylebone, but Shepherd’s Bush has its own appeal – especially when it comes to students.

There is always something going on whether it’s a comedy gig by one of the UK’s leading acts at the Hammersmith Apollo (currently called the Eventim Apollo following a sponsorship agreement) or an internationally-renowned band or solo artist playing at the O2 Empire. Then there are the growing numbers of small venues popping up as part of the London Plan designed to entice newcomers to the Shepherd’s Bush areas for an evening of entertainment or to move into the area.

Student rentals near Shepherd’s Bush and Hammersmith have become highly sought after in recent times, especially as the area has expanded and attracted high-end restaurants, bars and shops. The new developments have been created with students in mind providing you with everything you could need to distance yourself from traditional student lettings with one small bedroom, a poorly lit living area and a tiny television set in the corner of your shared living quarters.

Yes, we still have plenty of one bedroom student flats in London but ours are a million miles away from the traditional student flat image in your mind. Ours have walk-in wardrobes, spacious living areas with private balconies, leather furniture, en-suite bathrooms and almost immediate access to the tube making our student lettings feel much more like a luxury apartment than student accommodation.

The majority of our student lettings in London are based around the city’s major Universities such as Imperial College London, LSE and the University of Westminster. For students who want to spend time in Shepherd’s Bush the excellent transport links mean that you have the best of both worlds – high quality student accommodation in prime London locations, combined with access to the whole of the capital via the tube, buses, Overground and even riverboats.

At CBRE Residential we provide a full service for all students, starting by identifying the most suitable student lettings for you according to your requirements and budget. We can then show you around any properties that interest you – either in person or by Skype if you live overseas – and we will then assist you with your negotiations with the landlord or the offer you make on the property, right through to signing the contact and collecting your keys.

To find out more about any our student rentals, get in touch with the CBRE Residential team who will be happy to help.

Nightlife and live entertainment in Shepherd's Bush 

The majority of the nightlife in Shepherd’s Bush is based around the two main events venues. The largest and perhaps most famous of the two is the Eventim Apollo (also known as the Hammersmith Apollo).

While not strictly in Shepherd’s Bush, the area is a part of the Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, and this 3,500-seater arena is easily accessible on the tube from Goldhawk Station in the south taking just one stop on the Circle or Hammersmith & City lines.

The Apollo is home to a number of huge indoor events throughout the year ranging from live comedy performances from the likes of Jack Whitehall, John Bishop and Miranda Hart; to television shows such as Live at the Apollo.

The O2 Empire is a slightly smaller venue with a capacity of around 2,000 and featuring all kinds of live performances from stage theatre to some of the world’s leading bands playing more intimate arena gigs.

The River Café is a Michelin star venue with stylish décor and incredible Italian cuisine all set in the surroundings of the River Thames in Hammersmith. The menu changes on a regular basis but never deteriorates in quality and you can grab anything from a light lunch to fine cuisine in the evening with either indoor or outdoor seating available to make the perfect picturesque venue.

If you’re looking for some of the best bars in the area then jumping on the underground and heading into Soho is a great option. Many of the bars are close to our student rentals meaning that you can take a short journey or walk home afterwards, and with the most eclectic mix of venues in the city – all within close proximity to the Universities – you’ll always find something new to try.

Transport links in Shepherd's Bush

As one of the leading venues in the West End, Shepherd’s Bush is well connected in terms of public transport. With Imperial College London the closest of the Universities you’ll need to take the tube to get to or from the area.

You have all kinds of options to help you get around the capital thanks to its world renowned public transport system. There are various different trains and bus routes to choose from taking you into the student-friendly, the residential and the commercial areas of London and you can plan your journey using the Transport for London (TfL) website here.

Shepherd’s Bush, White City and East Acton (all on the Central Line), take you towards central London and popular areas such as Westminster, Hyde Park and Soho; while Wood Lane, Shepherd’s Bush Market and Goldhawk Road Station (on the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines) will help you get towards Regent’s Park, Kings Cross and Camden.

Shopping in Shepherd's Bush

As a part of the London Plan the Shepherd’s Bush area is being redeveloped with a number of new stores and shopping areas in the pipeline, but for the time being there are two major shopping areas already in place.

The Westfield London Shopping Centre opened back in 2008 and is home to 360 different stores, shops, eateries and a cinema including major international brands such as Apple, Reiss, Ernest Jones, Hollister Co and House of Fraser. There is also a dedicated high-end section of the Westfield known as The Village featuring Mulberry, Versace, Tiffany & Co and Louis Vuitton.

There is a second, smaller shopping centre just south of the Westfield called the W12 Shopping Centre which features a number of typical British high street stores along with a cinema and places to grab a coffee.

Landmarks and Tourist Attractions in Shepherd’s Bush

If you’re looking for something to see or do in Shepherd’s Bush then you’ve got plenty of options. From live music to fine dining, pop-up market stalls to live theatre the area around Shepherd’s Bush is jam-packed with attractive ideas.

Ravenscourt Park is the largest green space in the area and enables you to find peace and quiet in a relaxing environment. At the same time there is space for you to take a walk or run through the scenic park land or you can take advantage of the tennis and basketball courts, bowls green, all-weather sports pitch and children’s paddling pool.

Uxbridge Road and the Shepherd’s Bush Market are two popular areas that are being regenerated and transformed into popular places to visit. The Uxbridge Road is filled with pop-up street food offerings with local traders selling their homemade creations, while the Market offers a range of unique products.

Shopping in Shepherd's Bush 

As a part of the London Plan the Shepherd’s Bush area is being redeveloped with a number of new stores and shopping areas in the pipeline, but for the time being there are two major shopping areas already in place.

The Westfield London Shopping Centre opened back in 2008 and is home to 360 different stores, shops, eateries and a cinema including major international brands such as Apple, Reiss, Ernest Jones, Hollister Co and House of Fraser. There is also a dedicated high-end section of the Westfield known as The Village featuring Mulberry, Versace, Tiffany & Co and Louis Vuitton.

There is a second, smaller shopping centre just south of the Westfield called the W12 Shopping Centre which features a number of typical British high street stores along with a cinema and places to grab a coffee.

Hospitals in Shepherd's Bush 

Hammersmith Hospital is one of London’s most prominent NHS teaching hospitals. While there is no accident and emergency department is associated with the Imperial College London Faculty of Medicine providing students with the opportunity to gain experience on the wards.

A lot of the students studying medicine at Imperial College London – and the other major London Universities for that matter – choose their student accommodation based on the proximity to the teaching hospitals as well as their chosen University, enabling them to travel quickly and easily to and from the hospital.

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