The CBRE Residential Guide to Student Living in Fitzrovia

Fitzrovia is a district of central London that spans two of London’s largest and most popular Boroughs – Westminster and Camden. If anyone had the chance to position a key area of London that appeals to students, professionals and tourists alike then it would be Fitzrovia with Bloomsbury, Marylebone, Soho and Regent’s Park on its four borders. 

Many residents and admirers describe Fitzrovia as one of London’s hidden gems. The area was developed by a large number of minor landowners and this led to a collection of somewhat strange and small streets – many of which are still evident today. Compare this to the way that neighbouring Marylebone and Bloomsbury were developed under the ownership of a small number of landowners leading to their larger streets and wider layouts with squares and green spaces.

In recent years Fitzrovia has become a highly sought after residential area among those working in the media industry, celebrities and a large number of students. Student living in London has evolved over the last few years as areas and Boroughs have grown in popularity with certain demographics and Fitzrovia is one of these. These changing trends have helped to provide new recreational activities for residents including students and professionals, while also opening doors to new career opportunities.

For a student living in Fitzrovia there are all kinds of things for you to see and do during your time away from the University, and with such excellent public transport links you’re never too far from a vibrant part of the city where you can find popular bars and restaurants, a relaxing green space to meet friends or useful resources to help with your studies.

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

In terms of physical size, Fitzrovia isn’t the largest of areas in a city the size of London and this helps to make it feel much more like a small town of its own. Student life in Fitzrovia, therefore, can range between quiet and calming to vibrant depending on when and where you go out and about.

A student living in Fitzrovia is close to a variety of different Underground lines making travelling around the city quick and easy, while there are a large number of London’s most prestigious Universities close to the Fitzrovia area of the city including SOAS, University of London and the University of Westminster Cavendish Campus.

CBRE Residential have a number of student rentals near SOAS University of London and these beautifully finished student flats, houses and apartments have features that will appeal to all requirements, tastes and budgets. All of our student lettings in London are of the very highest standards and include everything from one bedroom student rentals to three bedroom student houses and even penthouse apartments in prime London locations.

Our student lettings in Fitzrovia are situated in the best possible locations, helping you to find the kind of property that you’ll love living in because of its design, its proximity to your University, the range of amenities and much more. We’ve got one bedroom student rentals in Fitzrovia that come with wooden floors, balcony and spacious living area all within a short walk of the vibrant Charlotte Street that features some of the most on-trend bars and highly rated restaurants in the area.

Should you wish to learn more about our student lettings in London, or Fitzrovia specifically, then the CBRE Residential team will be happy to help. We can provide information on the range of student properties available and we can work with your budget and requirements to identify some of the very best student accommodation in London.

Once we’ve shortlisted a number of student properties that tick your boxes we can organise viewings either in person or by Skype (if you’re unable to attend yourself), and we can then sort everything from negotiations with the landlord to moving dates and key collections on your behalf.

Of course, it’s not just student rentals in London that we handle. We also have a number of student properties to buy if you’d like to own your own student flat, and we’ve created a handy landlord’s guide to student rentals if you’re interested in buying a property and then renting your flat to students. Whatever you’re looking for, CBRE Residential can help so don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.

Nightlife and live entertainment in Fitzrovia 

London was recently voted as the third best city in the world for students. As the nation’s capital city this might be expected, but London thoroughly lives up to this reputation and handles the expectation perfectly as any student living Fitzrovia will testify – and you will too before long.

With the energetic area of Soho, the wealthy district of Marylebone and the class of Bloomsbury all around; Fitzrovia offers a blend of everything for residents. With plenty of on-trend bars, quaint restaurants and coffee shops plus peaceful and relaxing areas to get away from the hustle and bustle of central London it’s easy to understand just what makes it a sought after area from both a residential and commercial perspective.

There are exclusive and high-end bars that offer live music and entertainment throughout the week and there are others that cater to the “after work crowd” with drinks offers and special promotions that help to create a relaxed, fun atmosphere which is perfect for students looking to socialise after a day on campus.

There are a lot of outstanding restaurants to choose from when looking for places to eat out in Fitzrovia. Berners Tavern has become one of London’s leading restaurants with tables frequently booked up for weeks, even months in advance. Headed by the Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton, Berners Tavern offers a sophisticated dining experience with a range of British cuisine and seasonal specials along with a 14-seater private dining area.

If you venture onto the vibrant Charlotte Street you’ll find more leading restaurants including Roka and Hakkasan which offer continental cuisine in a relaxed environment, perfect for eating out with friends or course mates with a range of tastes. 

Transport links in Fitzrovia 

There are a wide range of Underground stations in and around Fitzrovia, helping to connect students living in the area to the wider city and various Universities. A lot of our student rentals in London are close to tube and Overground rail services which add to their appeal and makes finding somewhere to go and something to do a real breeze.

Regent’s Park (on the Bakerloo line), Great Portland Street (on the Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan and Circle lines) and Warren Street (on the Northern and Victoria lines) stations are all to the north of Fitzrovia, and many residents living in the area have found that the criss-crossing Underground lines within such close proximity enables them to move freely around London.

Euston Square is just outside the Fitzrovia area but is the closest station to the main Euston train station. It lies on the Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines so if you ever come into London Euston by a national rail service this is the tube station to head for thanks to its varied services carrying passengers across the capital.

Goodge Street in the heart of Fitzrovia is on the Northern line and is the only tube station in central Fitzrovia. For students living in student lettings near Fitzrovia you can head from here up or down through London or change to go east or west.

Tottenham Court Road (on the Northern and Central lines) and Oxford Circus (on the Bakerloo, Central and Victoria lines) are the Southern-most stations for a student living in Fitzrovia and are the closest to a number of tourist attractions in and around Leicester Square and Covent Garden.

London Euston is the closest mainline and national railway station, which is easily accessible from Fitzrovia on foot or by public transport. From here students living in London can get to other areas of the UK – such as Manchester – in around two hours by rail depending on their chosen service. Stations such as King’s Cross and St Pancras International are also relatively close by and in the case of the latter you can board the Eurostar with direct connections to Paris and Brussels should you wish to venture into Europe.

Shopping in Fitzrovia 

The Fitzrovia area has been transformed since the arrival of the numerous media agencies helped to create a more fashionable and stylish feel in the area. Retailers and major brands spotted an opportunity to appeal to the celebrities who were now visiting and residing in Fitzrovia and the area was soon regenerated into a fashionable place to shop.

Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street now feature a vast collection of major international brands and popular high street retailers selling everything from clothes and accessories to designer jewellery. 

Landmarks and Tourist Destinations in Fitzrovia

Fitzrovia is in central London close to a number of major landmarks and tourist hotspots. Within the Fitzrovia area itself there are a number of notable locations and green spaces with the skyline dominated by the BT Tower.

There are also two gardens in Fitzrovia which provide the perfect backdrops for a relaxing lunchtime in the sun or a weekend in the great outdoors without venturing too far from your student lettings. Bedford Square Garden and Fitzroy Square Garden are at opposite ends of the Fitzrovia area but thanks to its relatively small size they’re not too far apart at all should you wish to meet friends.

To the north of Fitzrovia is Regent’s Park, the vast green space that includes an open air theatre and London Zoo; as well as the Lord’s cricket ground and tourist hotspots such as Madame Tussauds. In the east you’ll find the British Museum and the Grant Museum of Zoology.

If you choose to go south from Fitzrovia towards the River Thames then you’ll come to Leicester Square and Covent Garden, two vibrant areas of London where you’re guaranteed to find something going on. From film premieres held in Leicester Square to the markets, trendy bars and live street theatre on the Covent Garden Piazza, you’re certain to find entertainment.

Still stuck for something to do or somewhere to go? The excellent Underground connections in Fitzrovia mean that you’re only ever a few minutes away from some of London’s most popular tourist attractions and iconic landmarks.

Gyms in Fitzrovia 

If you, like an increasing number of people today, are interested in health and fitness then you may be keen on one of CBRE Residential’s student properties that have their own on-site gyms and fitness suites.

All of our ultra-modern student rentals and new developments are finished to the highest standards and in many cases this includes the addition of on-site fitness facilities which residents are free to use at their leisure.

There are also a number of gyms in the Fitzrovia area and personal trainers who would be more than willing to meet you in your student accommodation (or the on-site gym) or you could arrange to meet in one of London’s many green spaces for some outdoor training.

Hospitals in Fitzrovia

Should you ever need any kind of medical attention then the University College London Hospital is the closest to Fitzrovia. As the name suggests, this is a teaching hospital and also presents medical students with the opportunity to gain first-hand experience.

If you’re a student living in London and studying to be a doctor, nurse, midwife or for another role in the medical profession then student accommodation in Fitzrovia – or close by at least – would be ideal for you so that you never have to venture too far for University of your hospital placement.

To find out more about any of our student properties to buy or rent in Fitzrovia, click here and speak to a member of the CBRE Residential team who will be happy to help you find the perfect student accommodation for you.