The CBRE Residential Guide to Student Living in Soho

Soho is one of London’s most vibrant, exciting and unique areas with countless places to grab a bite to eat, socialise and wander around discovering new places and things to see. As one of London’s leading areas for entertainment and socialising, Soho attracts a wide range of different people from professionals to students living in London and even prompting many to either buy properties to live in on a full-time basis or to live in student rentals in Soho, such is the attraction to everything on offer.

Vibrant, eclectic, multicultural and one-of-a-kind are all words used to describe the Soho area, and for a resident you’re genuinely guaranteed to find everything you’re looking for here. From cocktail bars to theatres, cute and trendy Michelin star restaurants to iconic London landmarks, Soho has it all and what it doesn’t have can be  reached in a matter of minutes via the tube thanks to its excellent transport links.

With the equally exciting Covent Garden to the east, Euston and Kings Cross to the north, the city’s main tourist attractions to the south and the affluent areas of Mayfair and Marylebone to the west it is safe to say that Soho is in the heart of just about everything going on in the capital.

At all times of day and night you’ll be able to find a venue offering an experience unlike any other in the capital, helping to make Soho a real haven for students living in the city.

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

As a student living in London you may have to travel from your student accommodation to other areas to find the kind of nightlife you’re looking for or to visit a live stage performance or perhaps, simply, to get to University; but as a student living in Soho you need never go more than 10 minutes from your student lettings because you already have everything on your doorstep.

Student rentals in Soho are in high demand and it’s the kind of area that people look for first when they consider moving to the capital to study.

Many of the major London Universities are within a short walk or commute of Soho and with a number of different public transport methods including the Underground and bus routes you can reach the campuses of University College London in the north or King’s College London to the east in around 20 minutes on the Underground.

While the proximity to the Universities is a major consideration when choosing your student lettings, it’s also important to have a good idea of what is going on around you so that you can socialise with friends and feel at home in the capital. Many of the students who come and speak to CBRE Residential ask about the best places for students to live in London and Soho is the place we come back to again and again.

Properties to buy or rent in Soho are highly sought after and this means that many of our student rentals are snapped up early. With en-suite bathrooms, spacious living areas, large bespoke kitchens, roof terraces and balconies, even cycle storage and gyms in some cases; our student lettings in Soho attract interest from students both at home in the UK and abroad.

We also receive a lot of interest from people looking to buy a student property in Soho that they can then live in on a full-time basis during their time at University. We also have investors who buy a student property and rent the additional rooms to students or that they can own outright but let out to students as an additional source of income while living elsewhere in the city.

If you’d like to find out more about any of our student properties in London in prime locations such as Holborn, Covent Garden, Bloomsbury, Soho and many more simply get in touch with the CBRE Residential team today or click here to find out more about what it’s like to be a student living in London.

Nightlife and live entertainment in Soho

Modern day Soho is a far cry from how the area first developed. Having started out as something of an industrial heartland in the capital, Soho is now a cosmopolitan area in central London that combines Michelin star restaurants and trendy coffee shops with small independent stores, bars and eateries that appeal to professionals, tourists and students alike.

There are a lot of restaurant chains in Soho and the surrounding area where you can find great food with expansive menus but if high-end is what you’re looking for then it has to be Yauatcha, a Michelin star-rated Chinese restaurant in the centre of Soho. Not only can you experience sophisticated, modern dining but you can also sample some amazing cocktails in the centre of this vibrant area before moving onto one of the many fine wine or cocktail bars.

Berners Tavern is another highly rated restaurant, situated within Ian Schrager’s London Edition Hotel; one of London’s most luxurious hotels. Led by a Michelin starred chef, Berners Tavern is a highly popular venue where tables are in demand at lunchtimes and in the evenings. The restaurant offers the very best in British foods and there is a private dining area for up to 14 people above the main restaurant.

The Groucho Club is a members’ club spread over several floors with a number of exclusive bars, lounges and dining areas. The Century Club, just a short distance away on Shaftesbury Avenue, is another private members club which even offers a private roof terrace for members and a screening room.

As a fan of live entertainment there is nowhere better to go in London than Soho. The Palace Theatre and Prince Edward Theatre, both close to Covent Garden, are popular venues for musicals and hold upwards of 1,400 people. The two venues are long-established theatres that have maintained all of their original charm, helping them to attract sizable audiences and a number of long-running shows each year. 

Transport Links in Soho

London is one of the world’s leading cities for public transport provisions with the London Underground, Overground and bus networks in particular helping to reduce congestion on the roads while still transporting hundreds of thousands of Londoners every day.

In Soho there are three Underground stations – Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus – with a further two (Leicester Square and Covent Garden) very nearby. These stations are situated right around the Soho area and provide quick and easy access to some of London’s most popular areas and landmarks, as well as direct or fast access to national mainline rail stations such as Kings Cross, St Pancras International and London Euston.

The nearest National Rail station is Charing Cross to the south, while the aforementioned National Rail stations are not that far away. For access to areas such as the City of London to the east, the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) starts at Bank and will take passengers straight into the business district or on to London City Airport.

Finally there are a wide range of different bus services operating in and around Soho with many running close to the different student rentals in the area and stopping close to or at the major University campuses. Payment for these services (and the Underground) can be made via contactless payment or pre-paid Oyster Cards, with journey information available on the Transport for London (TfL) website here.

Shopping in Soho 

Liberty London is a department store in Soho selling a wide range of different fashions and homeware. In an area like Soho you’re certain to find something unique along with the latest trends meaning that anyone who takes fashion seriously – regardless of your sense of style – will find a new outfit in Liberty.

Oxford Street is one of London’s most famous shopping areas and runs right along the northern border of the Soho area. Here you’ll find a number of leading brand stores and major international fashion, electrical and homeware retailers who quite regularly host new product range unveilings at invitation-only events on Oxford Street.

Landmarks and Tourist Attractions in Soho

Golden Square is a popular park in Soho and features a statue of George II. Like many of London’s central areas, green spaces have been well maintained and even developed as a way of attracting people outdoors and Golden Square is regularly filled with workers from the local businesses, especially around lunchtimes.

Similarly, Soho Square Gardens in the north of the area is a larger space complete with a mock Tudor gazebo. The lawns and park benches make for the perfect place to soak up the sun or to enjoy al fresco dining in the heart of the city.

Covent Garden is an immensely popular area of London, especially among the young and trendy. With its famous covered market and the Covent Garden Piazza filled with street vendors and live outdoor theatrical performances, plus a wealth of shops, bars and restaurants; Covent Garden is a vibrant and exciting place just a short walk from Soho and is particularly popular among London’s student population.

A short distance from both Soho and Covent Garden is Leicester Square, another particular lively part of the local area, especially when it comes to the evening. With the famous cinema hosting a number of major film premieres there are often times when you can see film stars in the flesh, and the area is also home to a number of popular bars and restaurants.  

In terms of major landmarks or locations, Trafalgar Square is one of the closest. Located to the south of Soho, beyond Leicester Square but easily accessible via the Underground or bus, the square is home to Nelson’s Column and the surrounding fountains which are popular among tourists along with the National Gallery at the northern end of the square.

Gyms in Soho 

If you, like many other students, take your health and fitness seriously then Soho and the surrounding area provides plenty of opportunities for you to work out in your spare time. From personal trainers who would either come to your student accommodation to work with you or that you could meet in their own gyms, to fitness centres with saunas, spas and gym memberships, you’re well catered for in this part of London.

There are also a number of student lettings near Soho that have had their own gyms, saunas and fitness facilities put in as part of the recent renovations and developments. These state-of-the-art gyms have the latest equipment to help you get and stay fit without having to leave your student accommodation

Hospitals in Soho 

There are a number of hospitals in the local area, with many affiliated to some of London’s leading Universities.

University College London Hospital to the north of Soho is a leading teaching hospital in the area with an emergency department and, as the name suggests, an affiliation with UCL. For medical students living in London the distance between their student accommodation and the hospital where they’ll be gaining their experience is a key consideration, enabling them to get to and from the hospital quickly and easily when needed, with the main UCL campus and the Euston Square and Warren Street tube stations close to this NHS hospital.

Contact the team at CBRE Residential today to find out more about our range of student lettings in Soho, or to learn more about buying a student property.