The CBRE Residential Guide to Student Living in Holborn

Over the years central London has been completely transformed. Many believed that it had become an area filled with commercial properties and international businesses, but today areas such as Holborn have changed this perception. 

As a student living in Holborn you have just about everything you could need ranging from fantastic student properties in prime locations to transport links and plenty of places to socialise; and the same is true for professionals with wonderful properties on the market and some great places to go to work each day.

Any area with a central London location is incredibly well connected thanks to the Underground and London bus networks, and this only adds to the appeal of Holborn as a residential area. With a wealth of beautifully designed buildings and new developments, Holborn appeals to families, young couples, students and professionals alike; with a number of residential properties and student rentals in Holborn in high demand as a result. 

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

Holborn is definitely a great area to live in if you’re a student. Not only are London’s major Universities including the London School of Economics right on your doorstep, you’re in the heart of everything going on in and around the capital.

As a student living in Holborn you barely have to travel more than a few minutes on foot or by public transport to find some kind of live entertainment, a top-rated restaurant, high-end boutique selling the latest creations from international brands or a cutting-edge bar with a great atmosphere and even better drinks.

LSE is a five-minute walk from the main Holborn Underground station and is situated beside the beautiful enclosed green square that is Lincoln’s Inn Fields. This area is known for being home to a number of media professionals and lawyers with many having studied at LSE, King’s College London or Imperial College London. While the journalists may have moved away from the home of print media in the UK – Fleet Street – the legal professionals still work and reside in the areas around Lincoln’s Inn and the Temple so if you’re a student living in London during your time studying law at University, this is the place to be.

CBRE Residential have a range of high quality, beautifully finished student lettings in Holborn many of which are in the prime locations with just a short walk to the Universities, transport links, bars, Inns of Court and attractive London landmarks.

Our student rentals are designed to the highest specifications and feature everything from balconies and roof terraces to en-suite bathrooms, walk-in wardrobes, furniture and appliances and even on-site gyms and fitness suites.

As a student living in Holborn you don’t have to worry about stereotypical University student accommodation with cramped bedrooms and uninspiring décor, as all of our student lettings in London and Holborn in particular have been developed and designed by the best in the business to ensure that you instantly fall in love with your new home during your time at University.

Speak to us about what you’re looking for and your budget and we’ll draw up a shortlist of properties for you to look over. We can then show you around in person or we can arrange a Skype viewing if you can’t attend in person. If you like one of the student rentals that we show you then we can help you with the negotiations with the landlord and can organise your moving in date and when you can collect your keys to take the stress out of moving.

Nightlife and live entertainment in Holborn

Holborn connects three of London’s busiest and most popular areas – the City, Soho and the West End. As such there are a wide variety of different exclusive bars and restaurants where you can find a mouth-watering meal or one of the best bars in Holborn for cocktails, fine wines and live entertainment.

All Star Lanes is one such venue, offering ten-pin bowling combined with a vibrant atmosphere you’d associate with a high-end bar and restaurant. Serving up unique cocktails and homemade food, the venue is popular with celebrities and has other popular locations around the country that also attract the rich and famous.

If you’re after a tasty and highly-rated bite to eat, then Cigala should definitely be on your list of restaurants to visit. This luxurious Spanish venue serves a range of Mediterranean cuisine cooked to the highest standards and the wine list is nearly impossible to choose from in all the right ways.

Another popular venue is Great Queen Street brasserie in Covent Garden to the west of Holborn. The menu changes on a regular basis but the quality never drops, while the casual décor provides a relaxed environment in this high-end venue.

For live entertainment you need look no further than the London Cabaret Club. It offers the perfect blend of environments with exceptional cuisine and a unique cabaret performance each night. The music and theme changes regularly so the chances are that you’ll never see the same show twice – perfect for anyone who falls in love with the venue immediately and can’t wait to return.

Transport links in Holborn

The London School of Economics, as already mentioned, is just a five minute walk from the Holborn Underground station making this a popular location with students looking for student accommodation near LSE. King’s College London to the south of Holborn, close to the North Bank of the River Thames is a three minute walk from Temple station which lies on the Circle and District lines.

SOAS, University of London is next to Russell Square station which is one minute and one stop to the north from Holborn station on the Piccadilly line. UCL is also easily accessible from Holborn with students able to travel via Underground to Russell Square or Euston Station before taking a short walk to the main campus.

he close proximity of these Universities and the easy access from the tube makes it easy to see why Holborn is such a logical and sought after area for a student to live in London.

The nearest mainline railway station is City Thameslink in the City of London, with London Euston to the north of the Holborn area.

In addition to the rail networks, as you may expect in such a student-friendly area of London, there are countless bus routes that will take you from your student accommodation to the different University campuses and popular locations in the city. The buses, Underground, Overground and DLR services can all be paid for by using a contactless Oyster Card, while timetables and bus routes can be found on the Transport for London (TfL) website.

Shopping in Holborn 

One stop to the east on the Central line from Holborn is Hatton Garden, which is widely regarded as London’s jewellery quarter and is the home of the UK’s diamond trade. As such there are a number of high end and exclusive jewellers selling unique pieces, including the famous De Beers group.

There are around 90 different jewellery shops and boutiques selling some truly incredible pieces ranging from rings and bracelets to earrings and one-off bespoke creations.

Ede and Ravenscroft are bespoke tailors who have had the privilege of creating the robes worn in twelve coronations. Situated on Chancery Lane in Holborn close to a number of our student lettings, you could treat yourself to a luxurious, handmade and bespoke suit to ensure that you’re looking sharp whatever the occasion.

From Holborn station Tottenham Court Road is one stop to the west on the Underground, while Oxford Circus is one stop further. Both of these stations are on the Central line and provide access to two of London’s busiest and most popular shopping streets. Both are lined with major global brands and smaller independent stores selling everything from the latest tech to high-end fashion.

Landmarks and Tourist Destinations in Holborn

Lincoln’s Inn Fields is one of London’s most beautiful green spaces. Right in the heart of Holborn it’s an enclosed green space close to many of the most sought after student rentals and within a short walk of LSE if you fancy spending your lunchtime outdoors.

The Royal Courts of Justice are frequently seen on the national news here in the UK and houses both the High Court and Court of Appeal. The stunning architecture of this 19th century building on the Strand attracts people from far and wide and the building itself is open to the public when the courts are not in session.

Gyms in Holborn

Gyms have moved higher and higher up the priority list for many people when it comes to choosing student accommodation in London. As a result many of our student lettings in Holborn come with fully equipped gyms and saunas to help you to stay fit, healthy and in shape.

These on-site gyms are for the private use of residents and include state-of-the-art fitness equipment to meet the modern demands.

If you’d rather join a gym then there are plenty to choose from in Holborn and central London. Many of the Universities have their own sports and fitness centres where you can pay a membership fee, as do a lot of the chains with locations right across London.

Hospitals in Holborn

St Bartholomew’s Hospital is the closest to Holborn. Founded in 1123 it is located in the Smithfield area of the City of London but is easy to get to from Holborn via the Underground with a number of stations within a short walking distance including St Paul’s. The Hospital is one of London’s leading teaching hospitals and is associated with a number of London’s Universities.

Great Ormond Street and UCL Hospital are to the North of Holborn and again, both are comfortably accessible by public transport if you are put on a placement or ward rotation in either of these fine hospitals.

Click here to speak to a member of the CBRE Residential team about how to buy a student property in London or about any of our student rentals in Holborn.