Queen Mary, University of London

Queen Mary, University of London

Queen Mary, 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 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 per week; a 1 bedroom flat with a lounge, kitchen and bathroom £250-£350 per week; a 2 bedroom flat with a lounge, kitchen and bathroom £300 to £340 per week; a 3 bedroom flat or house with a lounge, kitchen & bathroom £350 to £450 per week.

Agency fees

Typically in London 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 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:

The closest stations to the main university are Waterloo, London Bridge and Elephant & Castle and they are all within walking distance.
If you wish to travel by bus you should use any of the following numbers:1, 12, 35, 40, 45, 53, 63, 68, 100, 133, 148, 155, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 196, 333, 344, 360, 363, 453, 468, C10 and P5.
For more information about public transport to each campus follow the link: www.lsbu.ac.uk/current.student/travel.shtml

Even with student discounts, public transport may be a killer on your bank account and so, if you haven’t already, it may well be worth getting hold of a bike as it can be a very cheap way to travel!.

Living in London

Popular Local Shops

The Elephant and Castle shopping centre has a small range of shops, including Boots, Tesco, Superdrug, Iceland and Peacocks, among others. Thanfully, Oxford Street is not too far. Travel by tube or bus 176 or 12. Blackwells University Bookshop South Bank is conveniently located at: 119-122 London Road, SE1 6LF.

Away from the West End, the South Bank offers a quirky, design-led shopping where you can pick up original gifts, books and all-things related to style, theatre and film.

South Bank Book Market is worth visting and offers affordable, second-hand vintage book-stall. It is on daily, located under the Waterloo Bridge on Queen’s Walk.

BFI Filmstore Film buffs can browse the large selection of books and dvds here where they are dedicated to film and media culture.

National Theatre Bookshop is a specialist store selling novels, plays, scripts, dvds and posters.

Gabriel’s Wharf and Oxo Tower Designers sell jewellery, fashion and homeware from their studios in this arty enclave. You can get a fantastic massage or even hire a bike. [7]

Southbank Centre The Festival Terrace gift shop offers funky presents and souvenirs, and there is Foyles bookshop.

Popular Places to Eat

Cafe Pronto is a nice relaxed and café, within easy walking distance of LSBU’s Southwark Campus.

Pizzeria Castello is well worth a visit and can be found at 20 Walworth Road, London, SE1 6SP

Borough Market is under London Bridge, this bustling market is London’s oldest food market.

Other popular local venues are:
The Cut Bar & Restaurant at Young Vic
Film Café or Benugo at BFI Southbank
Studio Six at Gabriel’s Wharf
Concrete at Hayward Gallery
Eat at Southbank Centre/Oxo Tower
Ping Pong at Southbank Centre

Places worth visiting:

Camden Town: unique place, with unique people and a wide variety of shops well worth a visit, especially at weekends and 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. Contains some of the tallest buildings in Europe and if you are into modern architecture and skyscrapers then you should certainly pay a visit here. 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.

Tube: Blackfriars, then take Millennium Bridge.

Covent Garden: A very large space for pedestrian and with the best street entertainers in the capital, it can be a cool place for chilling out 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, luxury cars. South Kensington is both the French district and the museums district and 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 markets and many music shops, items you’ll never find elsewhere.

Tube: Angel

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

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 and much nicer and it can also be a lot cheaper than supermarkets. There are markets everywhere 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 well worth a visit as you’ll generally find something interesting.

Along with 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!

Night life

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.

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

Visit www.fabriclondon.com to check out what’s on!

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. The Rocket, near Euston is a good example of a SCREAM pub and can be a good night when it is a club on Fridays and Saturdays. Student ID is required to get in as it is for karaoke nights on Sundays. Top nights can also be had in Camden where there are many indie clubs and, although you should limit yourself, some top nights can be had at your student union.

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