Thames Valley University

Thames Valley University

Thames Valley University

Best Locations for student accommodation

  • Ealing
  • Brentford
  • Hanwell

    Average Rents

    Rents range between £100 -£230 per week depending on location
    Average agent fees
    Generally around £220 per tenant.

    Living in the area


    The University has great transport links making it easy to get to around.
    As a student you are eligible for discounts on local services and it is well worth obtaining a student ouster 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 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 and save it a bit for those nights that sometimes go too far!

    Local Shops

    There are many convenient shops available on all of the campuses for students to use as well as at some of the halls. All three campuses are in thriving shopping areas so you will hopefully be able to find everything that they need either on or off campus.

    Local Restaurants

    There are restaurants and cafes at all the campuses. The Ealing campus has the Diner which provides breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and a huge range of hot and cold food such as upper crust baguettes. The Reading campus has four main places that you can get food including the Kings diner, Ritazza, Essentials shop and Terrazza Coffee shop. All of these serve a combination of good food and drink.

    There are also many good restaurants within the centre of Ealing and you can choose from almost any cuisine including Japanese, Nepalese, Italian, Thai, Indian and much more.


    Ealing is just 20 minutes from the centre of London so it’s great for nights on the town. The last Central line tube leaves from Oxford Circus to Ealing Broadway at roughly 12:30am and if it’s been a really big night the first train is at about 6am. Alternatively there are buses 24 hours a day and if you choose to stay go out in Ealing there is still no shortage of things that you can do.

    Places worth Visiting in London

    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.

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