Birbeck, University of London

Birbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Best Locations for Student Accommodation:

  • Bloomsbury
  • Camden
  • Camden Borough
  • Finsbury
  • Holborn
  • King

Average Rent:

A room in a private rented flat or house will typically cost £80-140 per week (bills such as gas, electricity, water and telephone will raise these costs to approximately £85-£245 per week).

Depending on the area, facilities and size, a self-contained bedsit or studio flat is likely to cost £250-£300 per week

1 bedroom flat with a lounge, kitchen and bathroom £250-£350 per week;

2 bedroom flat with a lounge, kitchen and bathroom £300 to £340 per week;

3 bedroom flat or house with a lounge, kitchen and bathroom £350 to £450 per week.

Agency fees

Typically agency fees tend to vary between £220 and £300.


There is no specific transport for students provided by the university however as a student you are eligible for discounts on local services. It is worth obtaining a student Oyster card as it is likely you will be a regular user of public transport. They cost just £5 and can save you up to 30% on your travel expenses.

To find out more about public transport in London visit the following site:

Even with student discounts public transport may be a killer on your bank account so if you haven’t already, it may be worth getting hold of a bike as it can be a very cheap way to travel thus saving some for those big nights out! 

Living in London

Places worth visiting:

Camden Town: unique place with a wide variety of shops well worth a visit, especially at weekends. A very popular student area with good night life.

Tube: Camden Town (tube stop closed on Sundays afternoon)

Canary Wharf and the City: If you like modern architecture and skyscrapers this is a must see as it contains some of the tallest buildings in Europe. Probably better to visit during the week as the streets tend to be very quiet during the weekends.

Tube: Canary Wharf (take the DLR from Bank), or Bank and Liverpool Street for the City

Tate Modern Museum: Worth visiting at some point both for the modern art and for the amazing architecture of the museum itself.

Tube: Blackfriars, then take Millennium Bridge.

Covent Garden: A very large space for pedestrians and with the best street entertainers in the capital; it can be a nice place to chill with a drink.

Tube: Covent Garden and Leicester Square

Kensington and Chelsea: Some of the wealthiest districts in London, full of big Victorian-style houses and luxury cars. South Kensington is both the French district and the museums district which, is a very friendly place with many cafés and book shops.

Tube: Knightsbridge, South Kensington and Sloane Square

Angel: A nice quiet place well worth a visit with its many markets and music shops, you will find items you’ll never find elsewhere.

Tube: Angel

Oxford Street and Regent Street: Known as London’s ‘Champs Elysées’, there is a range of fashion boutiques and is always bustling.

Tube: Oxford Street and Piccadilly Circus

Chinatown: A nice pedestrian location, with each entrance marked with Chinese gates and Asian-style decorations. If you’re looking for Asian products, then this is the place to go!

Location: between Tottenham Court Road and Leicester Square tube stops.


Local markets:

In general, food from the markets is fresh, tasty and sometimes a lot cheaper than the supermarkets. There are several markets in London, the most famous being Camden and Portobello Market and although they don’t sell food, you can find everything you need in places like Berwick or Borough. In general the markets set up during the weekend mornings and are worth a visit as they are exciting and vibrant with a great atmosphere.

Along with the markets, charity shops can also offer very cheap clothing and much of the time from a whole range of top brand names that you couldn’t afford to buy otherwise.

In terms of food shopping, chains like Tesco and Asda tend to be the best bet although if you can find a Lidl or Netto nearby then there are some great deals to snapped up there!

Night life:

The night life in London can be epic with something for everyone. There are numerous nights out to be had at different venues with entry fees varying from as little as £3 to over £25 depending on where you go.

Fabric: This is a major club in London located on Charterhouse Street, playing heavy music consisting of mostly house, techno and electro. This place is worth a visit but only perhaps if you have nothing planned the following day! Entrance generally costs between £20 and £30 depending on the night.

Visit to check out what’s on!

Ministry of Sound: The other well known club in London is located on Gaunt Street and has discovered a number of famous DJs. Entrance costs from £4 upwards again depending on the night.

Visit to check it out!

It is well worth looking out for SCREAM pubs where you can buy a yellow card for around £2-2 to take advantage of numerous cheap deals. The Rocket, near Euston is a good example of a SCREAM pub and can be a good night out when it turns into a club on Friday and Saturday nights. It requires student ID to get in and is followed by karaoke nights on Sundays. Top nights can also be had in Camden where there are many indie clubs and other interesting places and although you should not limit yourself to it, some good nights can be had at your student union.

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