Westminster University Guide
The University of Westminster was established in 1838 under the original name of the Royal Polytechnic Institution making it the first polytechnic in the UK. It wasn’t until 1992 that it formally changed its name to the University of Westminster following the introduction of the Higher Education Act (1992) and the University has gone from strength to strength ever since.
Today the University of Westminster has six different campuses across London with a number of international links, showcasing itself as one of the finest educational institutions in the world. In this CBRE Residential University Guide to the University of Westminster we’ll look over a number of the most important details for anyone looking to enrol, along with providing information on student life, transport links and student rentals in Westminster.
Studying at the University of Westminster
As one of London’s most central and diverse Universities, the University of Westminster has branched out from its main campus located on Regent Street in Marylebone and today has a total of four locations around the city including three central London campuses called Cavendish, Marylebone and Regent.
The fourth campus at Harrow is just a short journey away on the London Underground with all four venues having been recently renovated to bring them into the modern era and to cope with the demands of today’s students.
The University of Westminster offers a wealth of different courses ranging from short-term studies and summer courses to full degrees at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. The Business School is one of the leading facilities in the country and has a fantastic reputation that spreads far and wide.
As a top-100 University in the United Kingdom, Westminster has a reputation for providing top level tuition and research opportunities and its central London location helps it to attract interest from students not just here in the UK but from abroad, too.
Each facility has its own benefits ranging from the latest high tech machinery and computers to state-of-the-art laboratories and sports facilities. The four campuses also enable the University of Westminster to build links with various industries and sectors so that students can take advantage of work placements and can work towards a full-time position, apprenticeship or graduate role when they complete their course.
The Student’s Union is home to the various sports clubs and University societies, as well as various forms of live music and entertainment throughout the year. Unlike many Universities that focus on “key” sports such as football, rugby, hockey and athletics; the University of Westminster has a much wider range of sports and activities to get involved in including capoeira, rock climbing, Brazilian jujitsu and much more so that you have the opportunity to try something new or to join in with an activity you know and make new friends.
Student Rentals near The University of Westminster
As touched upon briefly already, the fact that the University of Westminster is spread from the centre of London out as far as Harrow enables students to look for student rentals in London as a whole as opposed to a specific area.
Sure, if you are keen to live close to your particular campus then student rentals near the University of Westminster campuses are available and the team at CBRE Residential will do everything we can to find the perfect student accommodation for you as close to the campus as possible.
Our team can work with your student accommodation requirements and your budget to pick out a number of stunning student rentals in London and even student properties to buy if that’s your preference. We can then show you around the properties in person or we can arrange to meet with someone on your behalf. Alternatively we can arrange a Skype or Face Time viewing so that you can have an interactive tour of the property.
Having established what you’re looking for and made a decision on the property you wish to rent or buy we can work with you and the landlord to come to an agreement on everything from the price to the signing of contracts and moving-in dates to give you a completely stress and hassle-free process.
In terms of the locations of our student lettings, London is your oyster. We have student rentals in Marylebone that are close to the Cavendish campus and these are one bedroom student properties that offer everything from balconies and a 24-hour concierge service to modern interiors, spacious bedrooms and private roof terraces.
If the location is far more important than the proximity to the University then the CBRE Residential team can look for student rentals in areas of London that tick all the boxes for you. We have student accommodation in Soho, Covent Garden, Bloomsbury, Mayfair and other popular areas of the third-best city in the world for students with each offering high spec design and furnishings along with a variety of unique features that will ensure that whichever property you choose to rent or buy, it genuinely feels like a home to you that is nothing like a typical student flat on campus.
The central location means that the University of Westminster is already well connected in terms of public transport options, but the different campuses mean that you are already on the majority of Underground lines when you get to University each day.
For instance, the closest Underground station to the Regent Street campus is Oxford Circus on the Bakerloo, Central and Victoria lines which then allow you to take in the various sights and tourist attractions without changing your daily commute should you have any spare time.
The Marylebone campus is directly opposite the Baker Street Underground station which is on the Bakerloo, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Jubilee and Metropolitan lines. The closest stations to the Cavendish campus are at Warren Street on the Northern and Victoria lines, Great Portland Street on the Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines and Goodge Street on the Northern line.
Out of the city, the closest Underground station to the Harrow campus is Northwick Park on the Metropolitan Line meaning that you can live in the city if you’d prefer and travel out towards Harrow.
The closest national rail station to the central campuses is London Euston which is under a mile away on foot. Euston has excellent connections to the wider London area enabling you to get around the city quickly and easily so should you wish to get away for a few days or should you choose to go overseas you can go from Euston to St. Pancras international to catch the Eurostar.
Buses run on a regular basis throughout the day and call close to each of the campuses meaning you’re never likely to wait too long for one to come along to get to Uni or to head home in the evenings. A lot of London bus stops now have electronic timings updating passengers on how long they’ll have to wait for a bus, but you can also find out about your travel options on the Transport for London (TfL) website.
Best of all about London’s public transport system is that you can buy an Oyster Card that you simply top up with money to travel and you can then pay for the Underground, Overground, DLR or bus services electronically. You can also use your contactless bank or credit card should you prefer, but buses no longer accept cash payments to help passengers get around more quickly.
Student Life in Marylebone
London was recently voted as the world’s 3rd best student city and the best in London and with so many exclusive bars and restaurants, places to go shopping and tourist attractions it’s obvious why really.
It may seem like such a huge city to someone living in London for the first time, but before long you’ll soon realise that it’s not such a daunting prospect and that it is possible to see it all during your time at University. While you may never be able to navigate around the city on foot or by road, the excellent public transport service means that you don’t necessarily have to.
Marylebone, Soho and Covent Garden are particularly popular areas of London with students as there is always something going on. From live entertainment to all kinds of different cuisines and themed bars for you to socialise in, students are well catered for as it is but these areas also offer various exclusive and member-only packages to ensure that you get the best of London’s VIP treatment.
Shopping on Oxford Street is a particularly appealing option for some students. With the main campus right next to the Oxford Circus underground station you can always partake in a bit of window shopping on your way to or from University to help unwind, or you can get the tube into other areas of London where you can hit the other high streets and department stores including Harrod’s in a matter of minutes.
Westminster being in the heart of the capital also means that you’re never far from the main tourist attractions, libraries, museums, green or open spaces and live entertainment venues. London is home to some incredible theatres should you wish to be entertained by musical acts or theatre performances or you can find every resource you could possibly need to assist your studies in places like the British Library or British Museum which are both within a short Tube ride from the University and our student rentals.
Information and Contact Details
More information about studying at the University of Westminster can be found at the main campus, online here.
To find out more about our student rentals in Marylebone and the kind of student properties to buy or rent in London, click here to speak to a member of the CBRE Residential team.