How close is The Hub to my university?

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It’s a question we get asked every day here at The Hub, and sensibly so. Second only to security in your priorities (24/7 staff presence, CCTV and security fob access, just in case you were wondering), location is obviously a critical factor when choosing your London student accommodation.

So, just how convenient is The Hub for your London student accommodation?

Well, we’re in Central London, so nothing is that far away, and we’re right next door to Vauxhall’s train Underground and bus stations, which means that pretty much all of London is accessible to you within 30 minutes of travel. Not a fan of public transport? – don’t worry (though we might need to talk about this some time, it really is the best way to get around in London), just walk over Vauxhall Bridge and you’ll find yourself in London Victoria in under a mile. And let’s not forget London’s almost endless supply of Boris Bikes – there’s a docking station just 3 minutes walk from The Hub, on Kennington Lane Rail Bridge.

But we haven’t answered your first question yet, have we? Just how close is your University? Well, let’s take a look…

London student accommodation for City University students

Located in Northampton Square, City University is a short trip from the Hub via London’s famous Underground. Jump on the Victoria Line at Vauxhall, and then switch to the Northern Line at King’s Cross St. Pancras (7 stops away). Next stop is Angel, where you can jump off and make the short walk to the College. Time on tube is approximately 18 minutes, and it’s 30 minutes door to door.

London student accommodation for London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) students

The most direct route to LSE will see you jumping on the number 87 bus from Vauxhall Bus Station, which will then whisk you straight to the LSE’s main campus – journey time of 25 minutes. If you’re in a rush, you can always get a mainline train from Vauxhall to Waterloo, and get on a bus at Waterloo pretty much any one will do, numbers 1, 59, 168, 171 and 188 all go straight to LSE’s door. This slightly more indirect route will shave valuable time off your journey, and will take you 22 mins.

London student accommodation for London Metropolitan University students

London Met’s main campus is ridiculously easy to get to for students staying at The Hub, requiring a direct journey from Vauxhall to Highbury and Islington on the Underground Victoria Line. Total journey time is just 26 minutes, with trains departing every two minutes.

London student accommodation for University College London students

Much like London Met’s journey, your commute to University College London couldn’t be much quicker or easier. Simply board the Victoria Line at Vauxhall, and 8 min (5 stops) later, step out at Warren Street and start your studies.

London student accommodation for University of Westminster students

A little bit fiddly, this one, as you have to change tube lines (we know, we know, what a headache!). On a serious note, the journey to the University of Westminster is a total breeze – simply jump on the Victoria Line, switch to the Jubilee line at Green Park and step off at Baker Street. Total journey time? A mere 22 minutes.

London student accommodation for London South Bank University students

Head South of the river, and your London student accommodation becomes even more convenient – simply board either the 360 bus from Vauxhall Bus Station (they depart every seven minutes), and arrive 16 minutes later at your destination. In fact, you’re so close, you can actually cycle it in less time – door to door in just 13 minutes (plus added health benefits).

London student accommodation for Kings College London (KCL) students

Speaking of cycling, residents at The Hub can bike to Kings College London in just 18 minutes. Failing that (you’re in England after all, so it’ll probably be raining), the number 87 bus will take you from Vauxhall to King College London in just 26 minutes, without getting your hair all fuzzy

London student accommodation for University of the Arts London (UAL) students

Any student of the UAL will know there are campuses spread out across the whole of London, all of which are easily accessible to residents of The Hub. Even the Wimbledon campus, which is a little out of town, is still only a 12 minute main line train journey from Vauxhall train station.

London student accommodation for Imperial College students

Time for another quick visit to Green Park on the Victoria Line, where you switch to the Piccadilly line and jump off at South Kensington (known as South Ken to locals). The whole journey to Imperial College shouldn’t take you more than 27 minutes from your student accommodation at The Hub.

So there you have it folks -unequivocal proof that no matter which University you’re attending in London, The Hub really is the only place you should be considering for your London student accommodation 😉

3 Fun things for students to do in Vauxhall

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Life at University isn’t all about knuckling down to hard work (ok, it is a little bit about that, but bear with us).  Sometimes, a break from your studies is required, and that’s when it comes in really handy to have the delights of London right on your student accommodation doorstep.

Vauxhall is a transport hub for London, with tubes, trains and buses that will get you into the main part of the City within minutes.  So, with that in mind, here are our top three things to do in Vauxhall when you want a little time off from your studies.

  1. Jump on the 87 bus, get off at Trafalgar Square and stroll up to Covent Garden, Leicester Square, or Soho for pubs and clubs. The N87 bus runs all night and will take you back to Vauxhall in no time.
  2. Can’t be hassled with London transport? Even closer to home is the delightful Brunswick House, Vauxhall’s most popular restaurant, café, art gallery antique emporium and creative hub (it really is all those things, we promise!).  For a quirky and relaxed afternoon/evening out, there really is nowhere better, and the gorgeous roof terrace lets you soak up the sun whilst gazing out over the Thames.
  3. Time for a bit of culture – so cross over the river via Vauxhall Bridge and step into the recently refurbished (at a cost of £45million!) Tate Britain. Admission is free, and you can spend days wondering around the multitude of galleries, exhibitions and café

There’s a whole lot more to Vauxhall than the above, of course, but we hope we’ve given you a little taste of inspiration for what your London student experience has to offer.

Top tips for international students adjusting to London living

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London is like nowhere else on earth (well, it’s a little bit like New York, but our taxis are black, not yellow), and settling into this bustling metropolis can be quite a shock to the system.

Here at The Hub, we’ll do everything we can to help you feel welcome and adjust to your new London student accommodation, and that includes blogging our top tips for settling in to the ‘big smoke’.  So here goes nothing…

Attend your University’s welcome events.  You’re tired, you’ve barely unpacked your suitcase, and all you want is to lie back and catch up on some sleep – why on earth would you abandon your lovely student accommodation to attend a welcome event with a load of people you don’t know?

We know, we know, but the only way you’re going to learn your way around student life and make new friends is by putting yourself out there.  Your university will offer orientation days/weeks, which will teach you about important issues like healthcare, immigration rules (for international students), welfare, opening a bank account, and police registration. There will also be social events to help you meet new friends and introduce you to the surrounding areas, such as social evenings, talks, campus and local tours.

Don’t forget that we’re also around 24 hours a day, and if you need any advice on anything, we’ll do our best to help, just pop down to reception and talk to us.

Personalise your room.  Ok, so we’re not talking about refitting your studio apartment with a Mezzanine level and hot tub, but little touches really do help keep home sickness at bay.  We provide pin boards for posters and mementos of home (postcards from loved ones work a treat) and personal items, like flowers, or keepsakes, really make a home your own.

Stay in touch. Here at The Hub we offer free Wi/Fi to all residents, so there’s really no reason not to drop your loved ones a quick Skype from time to time, just to let them know you’re settling in and enjoying your student living experience.  It’s also a great way to keep track of the gossip!

Join (start) a society. If you miss spending time with people from your culture, why not join an international society? Most London Universities have one where you can find friendship, intelligent conversation, and news of things going on back home. Remember, though, that you will get more out of your time in London and improve your English if you mix widely with all cultures and don’t just stay with people from home, so try your best to make friends with other Hub residents (they’re not a bad bunch, we promise).

There are many weird and wonderful student societies, beyond international ones (most will try and get you to sign up to them during Fresher’s week!) – whether you want to discuss economics, build the Death Star out of Lego, raise money for charity, practice Origami, or even play football with robots!  Whilst not all the examples featured in education UK are London based, there’s nothing stopping you setting up your own!

Come and live at The Hub.  Ok, if you’re already a current resident, you’ll know this already, but here at The Hub we take all the stress out of student living, so you can concentrate on learning and enjoying your time studying in London.  Our custom built student apartments are safe and secure (we have a 24-hour staff presence, CCTV in all access areas, and secure key fob access to both the main entrance and your studio), and our all inclusive costs mean you won’t have to worry about paying utility bills on time.  We’re also incredibly popular with international students, so you’ll quickly find new friends and settle right in.

We hope you found our guide useful – if at any time you’d like to book a viewing of The Hub, just fill out this form and we’ll come right back to you.