The CBRE Residential Guide to Student living in Bloomsbury

The district of Bloomsbury lies within the London Borough of Camden, a particular popular part of central London with excellent connections to the major attractions, venues, Universities and business districts. 

While Bloomsbury has no official borders, the area lies close to the City of London, Soho and other popular areas for any student living in London in one of the many quiet squares and quaint streets that offer spectacular views over the capital, especially from the various penthouses and student apartments to rent in Bloomsbury.

These spacious and recently developed student lettings in a quiet location with a bit of a village feel appeal to a variety of different students and offer something different to what you may expect – and the same can be said of Bloomsbury as a whole.

The area as we know it was completely redeveloped by the Russell family in the 17th and 18th centuries, transforming Bloomsbury into a desirable, fashionable residential area. The family’s contributions can still be seen and felt in the area today with the largest green space in the area named Russell Square, which shares its name with one of the many tube stations in the area.

Bloomsbury soon became popular with lawyers, doctors and wealthy families and developed a reputation for being something of a cultural “hub” in London. Today the area retains its connections to leading professions, education and literature which – when combined with some of the UK’s leading Universities – make Bloomsbury a popular area for students in London.

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

From a student’s perspective Bloomsbury is the perfect place to live within the capital. The area itself is relatively small and can seem a bit like a village situated between a number of larger towns. There are numerous popular landmarks within close proximity, the Universities are right on your doorstep and it’s a vibrant district with plenty to see and do at any time of day or night.

As it is right in the heart of the city there are various student lettings in London that are perfect for those studying at any of the internationally renowned Universities, of which two – UCL and SOAS, University of London – are within Bloomsbury itself.

As covered in our University Guides, these Universities attract students from all over the United Kingdom, and even much further afield thanks to their fantastic reputations for providing outstanding levels of teaching and their connections with businesses and industries across London.

Here at CBRE Residential we have a number of beautifully finished student rentals in Bloomsbury including a number of student flats and houses close to UCL and SOAS, University of London.

We have student lettings in Bloomsbury, Holborn and Covent Garden which are three of the most desirable areas of London to live in whether you’re looking to rent or buy. Our student rentals are located all across the area and include one bedroom apartments in Bloomsbury that offer phenomenal views across the city from private balconies, spacious living areas and excellent transport links to help get you to University on time or into other areas of the city to enjoy the very best of student living in London.

In addition to these stylish one bedroom apartments we also have some stunning two bedroom student houses in Bloomsbury that have their own private entrances, large living areas and fitted wardrobes should you wish to live with another student during your time in London.

Nightlife and live entertainment

Bloomsbury’s location couldn’t really be any better for someone looking for variety in terms of nightlife and live entertainment. The population of Bloomsbury varies from the professionals who enjoy a civilised drink after work to students looking to have a good time throughout the year and the range of venues, bars and restaurants reflects the population perfectly.

There are a number of highly popular and on-trend cocktail bars and exclusive venues close to a lot of the student rentals in Bloomsbury meaning that you don’t have to venture too far from your student accommodation if you don’t want to; while the excellent public transport links allow you to go straight from the University or your flat into parts of London including Soho, Mayfair, Covent Garden and Holborn.

Culture and live entertainment are a major part of life in Bloomsbury, with two large theatres in the local area performing shows throughout the year. The Dominion Theatre is a 2,000-seat venue right beside Tottenham Court Road station and hosts a variety of West End and Broadway shows; while The Shaftesbury Theatre – which is almost directly opposite – is home to a number of large stage productions including musicals, dance shows and drama performances.

The closest 3-star restaurant in the area is on Park Lane in Mayfair. Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester is right on the Eastern edge of Hyde Park and is just 20 minutes away on the Underground from Russell Square on the Piccadilly Line, where you can get off at Hyde Park Corner and walk for around a quarter of a mile.

While there are no Michelin star restaurants in Bloomsbury, there are three that have been awarded the prestigious Michelin plate award. This mark is given to restaurants that are deemed to be of a high quality but not quite up to the required standards to be given their first star. All three of these restaurants are to the South East of the area within a short distance of both the Holborn and Russell Square Underground stations. 


One of the most important considerations for any student living in London is access to public transport. London is known the world over for having excellent transport links and the majority of our student lettings in London are close to bus stops and Underground stations to ensure that it’s easy for you to navigate this fantastic city.

If you’re thinking of renting a student property in Bloomsbury then you’re incredibly well connected with the local area, and London as a whole, and even the continent.

Euston Square, King’s Cross St Pancras and Russell Square Underground stations are all classed as being in Bloomsbury; while Euston, Goodge Street, Tottenham Court Road and Warren Street are on the edges of the area.

When it opens it will run to the South of Bloomsbury, calling at the nearby Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road stations helping to reduce congestion on the Northern, Central and Jubilee Lines in the Bloomsbury area which will be excellent for students looking to commute into central London Universities and for those coming into Bloomsbury to attend SOAS or UCL.

In terms of mainland railway stations Euston, King’s Cross and St Pancras are all situated to the North of Bloomsbury, with St Pancras home to the Eurostar service connecting London to Paris and Brussels.

There are also 12 main bus routes in Bloomsbury with Gower Street arguably the busiest section and this passes right by the main UCL campus to the North of Bloomsbury. 

Shopping in Bloomsbury

Oxford Street runs to the South of Bloomsbury and is a major shopping district in the city attracting high end and designer brands from around the world. For a student living in London it’s quick and easy to get to Oxford Street on the Underground and from Bloomsbury the nearest stations are at Oxford Circus or Tottenham Court Road.

A lot of the designer brands located on Oxford Street host launch events in their stores with exclusive offers for specially invited guests and the chance to mingle with celebrities and brand ambassadors.

The Brunswick (as it is known today) is a residential and shopping district between Brunswick Square and Russell Square. Originally planned as private residential development it was later leased to the Borough council while the developers retained ownership of the building and the surrounding shopping areas. By 2000, the building had been awarded Grade II Listed status and by 2006 it had attracted a number of high street stores and popular restaurants to the area and even includes a cinema.

Landmarks and Tourist Destinations in Bloomsbury

Bloomsbury’s three most popular tourist attractions are reflective of the area’s history and the population. The British Museum, British Library and the Charles Dickens Museum are all in the Bloomsbury area which is ideal for any students living in the area and studying literature, history or associated subjects.

These iconic London venues attract people from all over the world to marvel at some of the works, the architecture and the exhibits put on display and if you’re fortunate enough to be living in one of the student lettings in Bloomsbury you have them on your doorstep.

The British Library is just outside the unofficial Bloomsbury border, by King’s Cross station and the British Museum is right in the heart of the district. The Museum is directly opposite Russell Square and just a short walk from SOAS, University of London. The Dickens Museum displays a number of the famous author’s works and is in the house where he lived and is believed to have written Oliver Twist.

Outside Bloomsbury itself but still relatively close by are the River Thames to the South, just a short distance away where you can find plenty of places to relax, grab a bite to eat or something to drink and to enjoy the many fantastic views from the famous river. Regent’s Park, Madame Tussauds and the London Zoo are all to the North West of Bloomsbury and are classed as being within the Borough of Camden.

Soho and the City of London are two highly popular areas also within close proximity offering contrasting types of entertainment. The City of London is an area known for being the capital’s business district and tends to feature a number of exclusive bars whereas Soho caters to everyone with a variety of trendy places to eat, drink and socialise.

Gyms in Bloomsbury 

In recent years health and fitness has grown in importance, especially with students. More and more people are looking for ways to improve their diets, to get fit and to look or feel better. Bloomsbury is home to a number of gyms and fitness clubs, many of which offer extensive amounts of equipment and fitness classes with personal trainers or nutritionists that will help you to get into shape and to change your diet for the better.

If joining a gym isn’t your kind of thing then a number of our student lettings in London and in the Bloomsbury area especially, have on-site gyms and saunas that residents are fully permitted to use. These ultra-modern fitness suites are kitted out with the latest equipment to help students to work on their health and fitness without having to leave their student accommodation – what could be better?

Hospitals in Bloomsbury

If you’re unfortunate enough to need any kind of medical treatment during your time in London then Bloomsbury has one of the largest Hospitals in the city. Great Ormond Street Hospital is located to the East of Russell Square just a short distance from the Underground station, and there is also University College London Hospital which has close links with the University.

These links enable medical students to go on placements in their chosen departments to hone their skills and are a deciding factor for many when it comes to choosing student rentals near UCL so that they don’t have to travel too far for or following their shift at the hospital.

The Famous Faces of Bloomsbury

There are a number of famous faces who have lived in Bloomsbury over the years, many of which have come from the world of entertainment or literature.

Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens, Ricky Gervais, Bob Marley (briefly), Catherine Tate and Virginia Woolf have all either grown up or lived in Bloomsbury with many moving into several different properties across the area including Gervais who once owned one of the penthouses that overlooks Russell Square.

Should you wish to find out more about our range of student rentals in Bloomsbury then you can speak to one of the experts at CBRE Residential by clicking here. We’ll be able to answer any questions about buying or renting a student property in Bloomsbury and across London.