The CBRE Residential Guide to Student Living in Fulham

Fulham is a typical suburban area of London complete with leafy green spaces, smart and relaxed wine bars and riverside views. Situated on the north bank of the Thames, Fulham sits between Hammersmith and Kensington with Battersea and Putney on the opposite side of the river. 

From a residential perspective Fulham is a quiet and relaxing place to live that remains within a short distance of the major London areas. A student living in London would choose to come to Fulham to enjoy suburban living within the nation’s capital, away from the hustle and bustle of the city itself but just a short journey on public transport from the Universities and main business districts.

The Fulham area is now highly sought after in the residential sector. Over time the area has developed into a part of west London known for its wealth and luxurious properties with a number of London’s elite looking to buy property in Fulham that they can then commute from enabling them to live in the suburbs without adding a vast amount of time to their daily journey.  

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

As a young person or indeed a student living in London, Fulham is pretty much the ideal location. Even if you’re not physically living in Fulham itself, the area gives you the opportunity to escape to the suburban, village-like area to get away from inner city London without even having to leave the city.

The riverside location helps to provide a feeling of tranquillity and a space where you can go and relax with a walk down the riverbank or by going for a run along the Thames for the perfect backdrop that will make exercise much more enjoyable.

There are a number of classy and on-trend bars and restaurants in Fulham that don’t attract the same large number of visitors that those in areas such as Covent Garden and Soho might but there is still a relaxed and vibrant feel to many of the venues – especially those with live entertainment and good wines.

From a residential perspective you can forget about the idea of small, cramped student flats with small bedrooms, outdated furnishings and arguments over whose shelf is whose in the fridge. Here at CBRE Residential we have a number of student lettings near Fulham that have been designed to the very highest standards with some of the latest interior design trends incorporated into beautifully redeveloped and new properties in London, meaning that a student living in London today has the opportunity to genuinely live the high life.

Our student rentals range from one bedroom apartments to three bedroom student houses and even penthouse apartments in prime London locations within an easy commute of the city, the Universities and Fulham.

The CBRE Residential team are here to help you find the perfect student rentals in London and we can also help you to buy a student property if you’re thinking of becoming a landlord and letting your property to students. We’ll work with you to understand how much you have to spend, what you’re looking for in a student property and your preferred areas; and we’ll then draw up a shortlist of outstanding student properties for you to look over.

From then on we can help with everything from organising a personal or Skype viewing (if you’re unable to attend in person), and even the negotiations with the landlord and the moving in date. We’re here to take the stress out of moving at what may already be a stressful time for you, so speak to one of the CBRE Residential team today and let us do the hard work for you. 

Nightlife and live entertainment in Fulham 

West London is known for being a popular place to go out, especially if you enjoy partying and sipping cocktails by the river. Fulham has a wide range of drinking venues in terms of classy wine bars, student-friendly cocktail venues with themed nights and live music and a wealth of exclusive bars hidden away waiting to be discovered by London’s elite.

A night out in Fulham and the West End in general is one that you have to experience during time at University in London. You can never really say that you’re a student living in London if you haven’t ventured west, especially given the variety of great bars offering relaxed and classy environments where you can watch the sun set across the river or head underground into one of the exclusive bars.

The Waterside bar in Fulham is a prime example, serving up fantastic drinks including on-trend seasonal cocktails as well as fine wines from around the world – all in a modern and stylish environment with a heated outdoor terrace. For a more relaxed evening – or day – out, The Rose Pub near Waltham Green is affectionately known as Fulham’s village pub with its traditional country pub feel.

For a proper night out in Fulham, however, you must go to GOAT. Located close to Chelsea this fabulous venue offers both fine dining and a drinks menu to die for. With the restaurant downstairs and bar upstairs there is a sleek décor throughout that attracts some of London’s richest and classiest.

If you’re looking for a more cultural experience or some live entertainment then you’ll have to jump on the Underground and head away from Fulham. There are no venues in the area itself, but the closest major venues are only a short distance away such as the Hammersmith Apollo, Shepherd’s Bush Empire and Earl’s Court.

Transport links in Fulham 

Fulham is a well-connected area of West London, especially when it comes to public transport. As something of a commuter-town thanks to its suburban look and feel there are a wealth of bus routes and Underground services helping to connect residents to central London and the major national and international transport links.

Getting to Fulham from your student accommodation in London is really easy, too, as there are a number of different Underground lines reaching different parts of the area. Fulham Broadway and Parsons Green are the most central Underground stations in Fulham and both are on the District line which runs to and from central locations such as Victoria and Westminster.

Putney Bridge is Fulham’s southern-most station on the Underground line and will take passengers down to the banks of the river Thames. This station is also on the District line making travelling to and from Fulham very easy for any student living in any student rentals in London – just hop on the District line.

There are two London Overground stations in the Fulham area – Imperial Wharf to the East and West Brompton to the North. Both have connections with some of London’s major rail stations making access to the wider UK and Europe quick and easy.

There are a number of London bus routes in the area, many of which take passengers into the very heart of London so if you choose to live in student accommodation in London or in near Fulham and don’t have a car with you, Fulham and central London are both easily accessible by bus so you won’t miss your car too much. These routes, like many of the Underground services, pass close to the major Universities such as King’s College London and Imperial College London.

Landmarks and Tourist Destinations in Fulham

Fulham Palace is the historic home of the Bishop of London and is one of the Fulham area’s most iconic landmarks. This beautiful house and garden have been around for almost 1,300 years now and is open to the public giving you chance to witness some of the history of the area. The Palace is right beside Bishop’s Park and is best accessed by the Underground from Putney Bridge.

The Thames riverside walk through Bishop’s Park is a beautiful and relaxing part of the Fulham area and, as the name suggests, takes you right along the banks of the river. It gives the feeling of a genuinely suburban or even countryside walk despite being in the centre of London and despite being interrupted on its course by the Fulham Football Club stadium, is a good length walk for blowing away the cobwebs and getting some exercise with beautiful riverside views.

The New King’s Road, as already touched upon, is a major attraction for anyone who loves shopping and you’ll also be able to find a great range of coffee shops and trendy bars to stop for a quick bite to eat or to find a drink.

Gyms in Fulham 

The David Lloyd luxury health club in the Fulham Broadway Shopping Centre is an exclusive gym that requires a monthly or annual membership. This specific gym is part of a chain of health clubs and incorporates a wealth of fitness equipment with state-of-the-art machines, sauna and much more to help you look and feel great with the help of dedicated personal trainers who can devise everything from fitness schedules to nutritional plans. 

There are also a number of gyms and saunas in many of the recently refurbished student rentals in our portfolio of properties. All of these high spec fitness suites have the latest equipment to ensure that you can work out with the best whenever you feel the need, and as these gyms and saunas are exclusive to residents you don’t have to worry about overcrowded gyms or being unable to use the equipment.

Hospitals in Fulham

Charing Cross Hospital is to the north of the Fulham area, with Chelsea and Westminster to the east. Both are located just outside the physical Fulham borders but within a short distance should you ever need to go to the hospital.

As a medical student in London, Charing Cross is the perfect place to do your training. It is one of London’s largest teaching hospitals with a fantastic reputation for both teaching and research. Chelsea & Westminster Hospital is also a teaching hospital, so living in student accommodation near Fulham would be highly beneficial to you if you’re on a placement in either of these hospitals as a part of your course at University.

Click here to speak to a member of the CBRE Residential team about any of our student rentals near Fulham or to find out how to buy a student property near Fulham.