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Best Locations for student accommodation
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 make this approximately £85-£245 per week).
Depending on area, facilities and size a self-contained bedsit or studio flat is likely to cost £250-£300 pw
1 bedroom flat with a lounge, kitchen and bathroom £250-£350 pw
2 bedroom flat with a lounge, kitchen and bathroom £300 to £340 pw
3 bedroom flat or house with a lounge, kitchen & bathroom £350 to £450 pw
Average agent fees
Typically in London agency fees are between £220 and £300.
Living in the area
New Cross and New Cross Gate are the nearest railway stations. Both stations provide services to London Bridge and also offer services into many parts of South and Southeast London, Kent and Surrey. There are also many bus stops close to the university offering transport all over London.
As a student you are eligible for discounts on local services and it is well worth obtaining a student Oyster card as it is likely you will be a regular user of public transport. These 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 can be costly and so it may well be worth getting a bike as it is a cheap way to travel. Just don’t forget to buy a padlock!
The G-Shop, near Loafers in the Richard Hoggart Building, is open during the day and has stationery, drinks, snacks and papers. They also have a range of ‘ethical alternative’ products. There is small Blackwells shop next to the G-Shop which sells core academic textbooks.
For your weekly food shops, there is a Sainsbury’s nearby and an Iceland, if you’re running low on money, as well as many other corner shops.
There are 3 main restaurants run by the university:
– Loafers Café specialises in freshly made sandwiches, home-made soup and a selection of luxury coffees.
– The Refectory offers an array of hot meals, including ‘meal of the day’, pizzas, salads and sandwiches.
– The Taste outlet is also housed within the Refectory area selling pre-wrapped sandwiches, hot and cold drinks and a range of snacks.
The New Cross area has many restaurants, with lots of cheap food available.
The night life in London can be epic and there is always 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.
– The Fabric: This is a major club in London located on Charterhouse Street, playing heavy music consisting mostly of house, techno and electro. Entrance generally costs between £20 and £30 depending on the night.
Visit www.fabriclondon.com to check out what’s on!
– The Ministry of Sound: The other well known club of London located on Gaunt Street and has discovered a number of famous DJs. Entrance costs from £4 upwards again depending on the night.
Visit www.ministryofsound.com to check it out!
It is well worth looking out for SCREAM pubs, where you can buy a yellow card for around £2-2 and take advantage of numerous cheap deals.
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