The CBRE Residential University Guide 2017

Welcome to the first edition of the CBRE Residential University Guide in which we will be covering everything you need to know about being a student in the capital. In our guide we’ll focus on everything from student lettings in London and how to find yourself a student flat close to your chosen University, which educational institution to study at and how to adapt to life as a student in London. 

As part of our commitment to helping all customers find the perfect property – or in this case student accommodation – for them, our guide will look at these key elements of student life so that you can find the best places to go to unwind, the best place to study and the best student rentals to live in.

Choosing your University

This is a big decision and one that you should spend plenty of time researching before you make your decision on where to apply. Your overall grades will determine where you can and cannot study, but you should base your choice on a range of factors aside from simply wherever you meet the grades!

The latest University rankings compiled by the Guardian, (who look at factors including the percentage of students who are satisfied with the course and levels of teaching), show that the top-performing institution in London is Imperial College London which is ranked 6th in the Guardian League Table for 2018 – up one position from the previous year – ahead of University College London (UCL) in 10th and the London School of Economics (LSE), which is ranked 15th in the UK.

Other notable inclusions in the Guardian table are the University for the Creative Arts (21st), City University (32nd) and King’s College London (39th). 

Student lettings – finding yourself somewhere to live

Having narrowed down your choice of Universities it’s now time to think about where you’re going to live. There are the obvious on-campus accommodation choices but there is also a wealth of fantastic student lettings in London which will present you with the chance to move into student flats and houses with other people who may even attend other Universities where you can form firm friendships that you take through your time at University and beyond.

Each person is different and looks for something different to everyone else when it comes to student accommodation. While many are perfectly happy moving into student rentals with people they don’t know, others would prefer to move into a property with friends and even family members.

There are also a number of amenities that students look for when it comes to choosing their student housing. Some base their decision on the proximity to the University they’re going to and little more, others are much more specific when it comes to what they look for in a property. 

We recently produced an amenities report which looked at a number of key property features that our residents look for, so feel free to take a look and see what is available to you. Whatever you’re looking for in student properties the CBRE Residential team have plenty of options for you and we’d be happy to talk you through what is available, so feel free to get in touch with us.