The CBRE Residential Guide to Student Living in Mayfair

Mayfair is widely regarded as being one of the most expensive districts in London, and also in the world. The district, which is also the most expensive area on the board game Monopoly, is the wealthiest residential area in the capital and is situated in the City of Westminster close to Hyde Park, Oxford Street and Park Lane. 

This wealthy area of the West End is popular among some of the world’s elite with a large proportion of Embassies choosing to reside in Mayfair.

The area also has a substantial residential area where the luxurious properties attract high-flying individuals and their families, and there are a large number of students living in Mayfair and the surrounding areas. Unlike other notable districts and boroughs, the Mayfair area has always remained an affluent part of the capital and continues to attract investment from at home here in the UK and also from overseas.

For a student living in London today, Mayfair is the place to be – especially with so many leading global businesses and internationally renowned Universities in the immediate area where you can gain your qualifications and build a career.

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

Surrounded by the two large green spaces – Green Park and the famous Hyde Park – Mayfair is a large inner-city area that also provides plenty of opportunity to enjoy time outside without feeling as though you’re in a bustling part of the city.

The closest of London’s Universities to Mayfair is the University of Westminster. If you’re studying here then you’re well connected by living in or around Mayfair and it’s just eight minutes from Bond Street to Oxford Circus on the Underground, followed by a short walk to the campus.

Imperial College London is on the opposite side of Hyde Park and you can either take a casual stroll through the park from Mayfair or take the tube to South Kensington. Kings College London and the London School of Economics (LSE) are a similar distance away but it is definitely best to take the tube to Temple or Holborn respectively, while University College London (UCL) is to the north and you’re also best taking the Underground, this time to Euston Square.

The Mayfair area was developed throughout the 18th and 19th centuries and instantly became one of the most fashionable and sought after residential areas in London. As time has gone by the properties have grown in size and they’ve become more and more luxurious with Mayfair now offering residents including professionals, families and students stylish and prestigious boutiques, bars and restaurants close to many of London’s leading parks, tourist attractions and transport links.

In terms of the kind of student rentals you can expect to find in and around Mayfair, they’re all of the very highest standards. CBRE Residential have worked with a number of leading property developers and interior designers to ensure that all of our student lettings in London – and in the Mayfair area specifically – meet the demands of every student looking for a beautiful residential property to rent or buy.

We have residential properties and new developments all over London, many of which are designed to be student lettings from the very start enabling us to work with the developers and designers to provide everything a student living in London could possibly want. We have stunning student rentals in Covent Garden, Bloomsbury, Holborn, Soho and other highly sought after areas of the capital – and many are close to the luxurious Mayfair area.

If renting isn’t for you then you can also buy a student property in London and either own the property outright or you can become a landlord as an extra source of income. Letting to students is a highly profitable option, enabling you to look for people to live in your property or to move in with you if you choose to buy a 2 or 3-bedroom student property.

The CBRE Residential team are on-hand to help you every step of the way whether you choose to rent or buy. Let us know what you’re looking for and how much you have to spend and we’ll draw up a shortlist of stunning student properties in London for you to look over and view either in person or via Skype if you’re unable to attend.

We’ll then help you through the negotiations stage and help you to make an offer on the property if you choose to buy, and we can then help with the contracts and your moving in date to take the stress out of moving. Get in touch with us today to find out more. 

Nightlife and live entertainment in Mayfair

You don’t have to venture too far from your student accommodation to find some of Mayair’s leading venues offering delicious cuisine from around the world and drinks menus that will give you plenty to consider.

The London Palladium is a leading venue for live theatre and entertainment with seating for up to 2,280 people in this fabulous grade two-listed building in London’s famous West End. It hosts a wide range of theatrical and musical performances throughout the year that, in recent times, have included productions such as The Wind in the Willows.

You simply cannot have a day or evening out in Mayfair without visiting Claridge’s and The Ritz in neighbouring St James’. The beautiful Claridge’s hotel is one of London’s most exclusive and booking is almost essential even if all you want is a spot of afternoon tea, but who could resist the feeling of luxury associated with sitting at the wonderful Claridge’s bar sipping Champagne?

The Ritz is one of the world’s leading hotels and the bar and restaurant offers everything from afternoon tea in a luxurious environment to delicious cocktails and evening meals served to the very highest standards by some of the country’s leading chefs.

The Connaught is another of Mayfair’s most luxurious and exclusive venues, close to Bond Street and Green Park tube stations. It is situated between numerous mansions and huge private properties that scream luxury, but The Connaught is luxurious in its own way, even above the neighbouring residences. With something of a country house look and feel you can sit back and relax in the fabulous Coburg Bar with its stylish furniture and you’re your pick from their phenomenal drinks list.

When it comes to eating out in Mayfair it is immediately obvious that money is no object, so you might as well go all out to have an amazing meal out.

The 5-star Dorchester hotel is another leading venue, especially for eating out in Mayfair. The sophisticated 1930s hotel offers fine cuisine close to Hyde Park and Bond Street where you can order afternoon tea and lunchtime snacks or a fabulous evening meal cooked up by award-winning chef Alain Ducasse and his team or one of the two other restaurants in the same hotel.

Corrigan’s Mayfair is the place to go if you’re going out to impress, however. With its marble bar and gold lighting the venue is almost edible itself before you sit down and look at the fantastic menu. Their soda bread has won acclaim across the city and you can have everything from a light bite at lunchtime to Sunday roasts to die for.

Finally, if you’re looking for something naughty but oh so very nice, Burger & Lobster is the place to go. As the name suggests they serve up a range of fantastic burgers and are known for fabulously luxurious lobster dishes and you can even partake in the odd cocktail or two to make an evening of it.

Transport links in Mayfair 

London’s Underground system is one of the best public transport services in the world and you have a choice of four Underground stations in Mayfair itself plus two within very close proximity of the official borders.

Bond Street (on the Central and Jubilee lines) is one of the busiest and most easily accessible stations from central Mayfair, the shops and bars. Oxford Circus is in the north east of the district on the Bakerloo, Central and Victoria lines and is close to a number of popular shops.

Marble Arch, one of London’s leading landmarks, has its own tube station on the Central line and is in the north west of Mayfair on the corner of Hyde Park. In the very south of Mayfair, on the edge of Green Park, is the Green Park Underground station which is on the Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria lines.

Shopping in Mayfair 

Located just a short walk from Bond Street Underground station is the fashion-seeker’s paradise, Brown’s. It may look like a small boutique from the street but with five connecting stores it’s something of a department store with major fashion brands all vying for a spot on these lucrative shelves. You’ll find everything from designer dresses straight off the catwalks to flawless men’s suits, even some fantastic footwear in the dedicated women’s shoe salon.

Savile Row is famous for its numerous designer stores and tailors, with shops creating unique styles for men looking for only the very best in high fashion. Here you’ll find everything from one-off family tailors who have been designing and making unique suits and fashions for generations to high-end brand stores capitalising on the demand for high end fashion.

Oxford Street is one of London’s leading shopping districts with a wealth of different shops lining the street. Here you’ll find international designer brands selling the latest fashions to global retailers and the latest tech, down to nationally and locally famous stores.

Landmarks and Tourist Attractions in Mayfair

Hyde Park, Green Park and St James’ Park are all vast green spaces in Mayfair that help you to find peace, quiet and a country feeling in the heart of the city. Many students living in London for the first time come from significantly quieter parts of the UK or quieter cities in other countries and even in the peace, quiet and luxury of their student rentals they often feel the need to relax outside.

Hyde Park is one of London’s leading spaces attracting people who enjoy eating lunch outside, running in the vast open space away from the traffic and around The Serpentine and even taking in one of the summer’s many music festivals held in the grounds of the park.

Downing Street is the home to the British Prime Minister and is just around the corner from Buckingham Palace. While the majority of the political discussions take place in Westminster, the Prime Minister’s official residence is behind the gates on Downing Street to the south east of Mayfair between St James’ Park and the River Thames.

Trafalgar Square and The National Gallery are two more of London’s most iconic and popular locations. The Square itself is named as a tribute to those who took part in the Battle of Trafalgar with Nelson’s Column standing proudly in the centre, surrounded by four lion statues. The National Gallery is also in the Square and is a leading art gallery showcasing works from the 13th through to the 19th centuries with more than 2,300 pieces on show. 

Gyms in Mayfair 

Health and fitness is more important to the British public than ever before. In recent years there has been a notable rise in the number of people changing their dietary habits and looking for new ways to get fit and healthy.

For some that means joining a gym and losing weight or training to run a marathon, for example, while for others it may just be that they want to improve their overall fitness and quality of life.

Across London there are a range of exclusive gyms and fitness clubs, many of which are in the Mayfair area. A lot of students living in London choose to join these gyms and attend before or after University, while the various parks in the Mayfair area enable them to go for a run or to work out with different clubs and personal trainers in the fresh air.

There are also a number of student lettings available at CBRE Residential that have gyms and saunas available for residents to use at their leisure. These gyms and saunas are in a number of the new developments built specifically as student accommodation, as well as those that have been redesigned with the very latest fitness equipment and machines to help you to achieve your health and fitness goals.

Hospitals in Mayfair 

Medical students in London have a wide range of hospitals to gain experience in during their time on their chosen courses. Many of London’s leading hospitals offer internships and placements through affiliations with Universities, many of which are in and around Mayfair making student rentals in this area popular with medical students in particular.

Harley Street Clinic is a private medical facility in neighbouring Marylebone. Here you would be able to be treated privately, meaning that you would have to pay for your healthcare, but you would receive care and treatments from leading doctors and nurses in the country. They also perform a number of cosmetic procedures and offer health tests for a number of major brands who require staff to undertake medicals before offering a contract or on an annual basis to monitor their health and fitness.

St Bartholomew’s in the City of London is a teaching hospital with a nursing and midwifery school, while the Royal Brompton Hospital is the largest heart and lung facility in the UK and the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital is another NHS teaching hospital affiliated with the Imperial College with an A&E department.

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