The CBRE Residential Guide to Student Living in the Northbank

The Northbank is one of London’s newest districts that has been developed to revamp the area on the northern side of the River Thames to bring it back to life and to create a vibrant community similar to that in the thriving Southbank

The Northbank Business Improvement District (BID) was devised in 2013 to rejuvenate the area running along the river between Trafalgar Square to the west and Temple Gardens to the west incorporating areas such as Aldwych and Strand.

More than £8 million has been invested into the area since 2013 in order to transform the area and to entice new businesses and residents to move to the Northbank, including a number of new students living in London and attending the various highly rated Universities that are in and around the Northbank.

For a student living in London now is the time to move into the Northbank as things are changing all the time – and for the better. The area is already starting to  develop with a whole new look and feel including new bars, restaurants and student lettings helping to make the Northbank a desirable tourist hotspot as well as a sought after location for business and residential purposes.

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

The Northbank is close to some of London’s most popular landmarks and tourism areas, and runs along the River Thames. It is also close to the popular West End and a number of London’s leading Universities, many of which have great reputations around the world, and key student areas such as Covent Garden and Soho meaning that student lettings here are in high demand already.

It’s an exciting time to be a student living in London as there are so many new developments to live in and attractive venues to spend your spare time in. Whether you’re a fan of chilled, quiet evenings in luxurious surroundings or you prefer a more vibrant and eclectic lifestyle, you’ll find it in the Northbank area now and in the coming months and years.

King’s College London is in the very heart of the Northbank, adding to the appeal of the area among the capital’s current and prospective student population. As one of the world’s top 25 Universities, King’s offers a variety of different courses ranging from nursing and midwifery to social sciences, history and English.

There are various theatres and opera houses in the Northbank and surrounding area, along with popular tourist attractions and a wealth of fantastically-finished student lettings in the Northbank, Covent Garden and Soho.

The London School of Economics (LSE) is just to the north of the Northbank boundary, close to the Royal Courts of Justice. This is another of the world’s leading Universities, currently found inside the top 40 according to the latest rankings, and it attracts students  from all over the world who wish to focus on economic subjects with the aim of moving into a career in the City of London, the UK’s leading business and financial district.

Here at CBRE Residential we have a collection of newly developed and recently renovated student rentals in the Northbank as well as student accommodation in Covent Garden, Soho, Bloomsbury, Holborn and other popular student areas around the Universities. Each of our student rentals is designed to the very highest standards in partnership with leading property developers and interior designers, enabling us to incorporate the latest trends and popular amenities into each of our student properties.

Wherever you’re looking to live and regardless of whether you’re looking to buy or rent, the CBRE Residential team will take care of all of the hard work for you. Just give us your budget and your requirements and we’ll do the rest. We will come back to you with a list of student properties that match what you’re looking for and we can then arrange to meet you to view the property in person or we can arrange a Skype viewing if you’re unable to look around the property yourself.

We can then help you to make an offer on the property or to sort out contracts with the landlord so that you can move in and make the flat, apartment or penthouse a home as soon as possible.

To find out more about any of our student rentals in London or to find out more about a specific property just give us a call today – we’ll be happy to help.

Nightlife and live entertainment in the Northbank

With the plans in place to continue transforming the Northbank the number of places to spend time socialising are likely to increase between now and 2020. There are already a wide range of fantastic bars, restaurants and theatres where students in the Northbank can spend their downtime whether you’re after a quick bite to eat or you’re letting your hair down completely at the weekend.

Salieri’s is a fantastic Mediterranean restaurant set in a theatrically-themed venue on the Strand. There is a great mood in Salieri’s all year round, whatever time of day you choose to visit.

One Aldwych is a luxurious five-star hotel in the Northbank with an award-winning restaurant – Indigo – a classy bar and a 30-seat screening room where you can take in one of the latest film releases. Film and Fizz at One Aldwych is a highly popular and appealing night out in the Northbank with films changing all the time and a number of special and themed events and they even offer a screening, Champagne and dinner package.

The American Bar at The Savoy is an art deco-themed venue serving up some of London’s finest cocktails. The Savoy already has a great reputation for quality and luxury from the food and drink right down to the light fixtures and these are some of the finest cocktails you’ll find anywhere in the capital!

With views out across the River Thames, what better place is there to have a bar and seafood restaurant? Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill is situated inside The Savoy hotel and offers great food, great wine and fantastic service in a beautifully designed dining area.

If you feel like putting on your very best clothes for a night at the theatre then you’re in one of the best parts of London. The Northbank is a short walk from some of London’s very best theatres including the Lyceum and Adelphi, as well as the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and the National Theatre with its three auditoriums across Waterloo Bridge on the Southbank.

For an exciting and vibrant night out the bright lights of Leicester Square are just around the corner and you can either take a walk through Covent Garden.

Transport links in the Northbank 

A large proportion of the area along the River Thames is well connected in terms of public transport, especially with so many of London’s leading tourist attractions, Universities and student lettings in the vicinity.

The Underground system is one of the largest and most reliable in the world with trains running on most lines every few minutes so you never have to wait too long for the next one to come along. In the Northbank there are three main Underground stations – Temple (on the Circle and District lines), Embankment (on the Bakerloo, Circle, District and Northern lines) and Charing Cross Underground (on the Bakerloo and Northern lines) – all of which are situated close to landmarks, tourist hotspots and, in the case of Temple, the Universities with just a short walk to both Kings College and LSE.

Leicester Square (on the Northern and Piccadilly lines) and Covent Garden (on the Piccadilly line) are both popular Underground stations to the north of the area close to many of London’s leading student lettings and popular social areas. Here you’ll find an eclectic mix of bars ranging from small pubs to high-end wine bars and large chains offering a mixture of food and drinks; as well as street food and pop-up bars that you need to visit before they’re gone.

Charing Cross is the largest National Rail station in the Northbank with a range of services running to Ashford and Dover in the south east of England.  

New bus routes have been added in the local area as part of the renovations in the Northbank. These bus services will take you towards both key residential, commercial and tourist areas and quieter residential districts and access is by contactless payment such as debit cards and Oyster Cards.

More information about the new bus routes and travelling on London’s public transport networks including the best service to get from your student accommodation to the Universities is available by using the Transport for London (TfL) journey planner here.

One of the extra benefits to living in or near the Northbank is that you also have the option of taking a boat from one of the Thames riverboat piers either into the centre of London or across to the Southbank. In this part of the capital the closest riverboat pier is at Embankment and from here you can travel towards Millbank Pier to the west or Canary Wharf in the east.

Shopping in the Northbank 

For the modern fashionista, Savoy Taylors Guild is the place to go where you’ll be able to find yourself a tailored suit and all of the accessories you need to look your very best when you head out in the Northbank or Covent Garden.

If you’re looking to splash out on something sparkly then Hopkins and Jones jewellers offers a range of the very latest pieces as well as some classic vintage designs from leading jewellers around the world.

If you want to go away from your student accommodation in the Northbank for a shopping spree you’ve got Oxford Street not too far away. You’ll find one of London’s most affluent and wide-ranging shopping areas with everything from fashion designers and leading tech brands to smaller independent shops for your essentials.

Landmarks and Tourist Attractions in the Northbank

When it comes to landmarks and tourist attractions you’re well catered for in the Northbank with plenty of places to go, things to do and sights to see on your doorstep.

Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery are two of London’s most iconic landmarks where people flock from all around to marvel at the architecture, Nelson’s Column and to sit around the different pools to relax in the summer sunshine.

Temple Gardens is the main green space in the Northbank. Situated to the east of Temple Underground station and close to Kings College London it is the ideal place to enjoy your lunch break between lectures or to study outside, especially with such a short distance to the Thames that makes it feel more like a county park than an inner-city green space.

On the northern side of Temple Gardens close to the Strand and Fleet Street is the beautiful structure of the 12th-century Temple Church. It was originally built by the Knights Templar to be their English headquarters and has been featured in Dan Brown’s epic novel The Da Vinci Code as well as being used in the film adaptation starring Tom Hanks.

Another popular spot for tourists in the local area is the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. You can get here by tube directly to the Covent Garden station and the Opera House itself stands out clearly on one side of the famous Piazza. There are a wide range of shows and performances here, and you can even see street theatre performed outside by St Paul’s Church.

Somerset House is a riverside palace that hosts a number of musical and theatrical events throughout the year, as well as being the home to an art gallery that is open to the public and a winter ice rink. In the summer months, when the ice rink is not present, there are a number of fountains lit up by LED lights that create a real show for the public to enjoy.

St Martin-in-the-Fields is an Anglican church in the corner of Trafalgar Square which first opened in the 1720s. Today it remains a place of worship complete with a café in a converted crypt with a number of lunchtime and evening music recitals.

Gyms in the Northbank

If fitness is your thing then the expanding nature of the Northbank area will mean that you’ll have a range of the latest equipment in new facilities in the coming years. For the time being there are plenty of smaller gyms that accept new monthly or annual members, as well as personal trainers who charge by the hour and will put you through your paces to help you lose weight or improve your overall health and fitness.

Alternatively, many of our recently renovated student properties and new residential developments in London have their own gyms and saunas on-site. The student rentals that have their own gyms feature treadmills, bikes and more state-of-the-art machines and equipment that will help you to look and feel better about yourself in no time.

All the gyms, the equipment and saunas in our student lettings are free to use at your leisure as part of the rental agreement.

Hospitals in the Northbank

Kings College London is a leading teaching hospital in Lambeth, close to the Southbank, where students can find placements and patients can be treated on the NHS. The largest hospital locally is St Thomas’, also in the Southbank, and this NHS hospital is one of London’s leading facilities with an affiliation to Kings College London.

Any teaching hospital with an affiliation to your University is worth spending time at in order to boost your experience, and medical students base their student accommodation on the proximity to the hospital over the University so that they can arrive on-time for their shifts each day.

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