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There are plenty of options to consider when deciding on the right place to live. With South Kensington being located in one of the most expensive boroughs, many students decide to live further afield. When choosing an area to live you may want to consider the time it takes to travel to campus, versus the cost of rent in that area and the cost of travel. 

Chcek out our Area Guide Map 2018‌ for more information on some of the most popular areas in London. 

Choose the right area

Find the right area

This short video will guide you through the steps of finding the area that is right for you:

Finding the right area

Video area guides

Here are some videos that give you a quick overview of nine of our most poular student areas. If you want even more area information, then come into the Student Hub to pick up your free copy of our Area Guide, which has loads more information, and other useful hints and tips. Don't go house hunting without it!

Acton Town

Transport and distance

Travel times to South Kensington:

  • Train - 21 mins
  • Bus - 70 mins
  • Bike - 31 mins

Zone 3
Tube:
District and Piccadilly Line

Average rents per week Room: £121 - £149
Studio: £180 - £229
One bedroom: £270 - £311
Two bedroom: £334 - £391

Battersea

Transport and distance

Travel times to South Kensington:

  • Train - 32 mins (train and tube)
  • Bus - 39 mins
  • Bike - 20 mins

Zone 2
Tube:
 National Rail

Average rents per week Room: £120 - £171*
Studio: £206 - £296
One bedroom: £294 - £360
Two bedroom: £372 - £494

Camden

Transport and distance

Travel times to South Kensington:

  • Train - 31 mins
  • Bus - 54 mins
  • Bike - 30 mins

Zone 2
Tube:
Northern Line

Average rents per week Room: £164 - £185
Studio: £260 - £348
One bedroom: £341 - £425
Two bedroom: £432 - £650

CHeLSEA

Transport and distance

Travel times to South Kensington:

  • N/A
  • Bus - 24 mins
  • Bike - 9 mins

Zone 1
Tube:
 District and Circle Line

Average rents per week Room: £123 - £230
Studio: £323 - £378
One bedroom: £450 - £560
Two bedroom: £695 - £850

EALING

Transport and distance

Travel times to South Kensington:

  • Train - 37 mins
  • Bus - 63 mins
  • Bike - 35 mins

Zone 3
Tube:
 Central, District, Circle Line

Average rents per week Room: £126 - £194
Studio: £167 - £223
One bedroom: £265 - £315
Two bedroom: £334 - £380

Earl's Court

Transport and distance

Travel times to South Kensington:

  • Train - 10 mins
  • Bus - 17 mins
  • Bike - 9 mins
  • Walking - 21 mins

Zone 1&2
Tube:
District and Piccadilly Line

Average rents per week Room: £126 - £212*
Studio: £262 - £345
One bedroom: £365 - £479
Two bedroom: £520 - £695

Fulham

Transport and distance

Travel times to South Kensington:

  • Train - 17 mins
  • Bus - 27 mins
  • Bike - 13 mins

Zone 1 & 2
Tube:
District Line

Average rents per week Room: £189 - £209
Studio: £249 - £300
One bedroom: £251 - £350
Two bedroom: £388 - £495

Hammersmith

Transport and distance                                   

Travel times to South Kensington:

  • Train - 17 mins
  • Bus - 30 mins
  • Bike - 16 mins

Zone 2
Tube:
District, Piccadilly, Circle and Hammersmith & City Line

Average rents per week Room: £159 - £180
Studio: £201 - £260
One bedroom: £300 - £360
Two bedroom: £375 - £575

HOLLOWAY

Transport and distance        

Travel times to South Kensington:

  • Train - 30 mins
  • Bus - 65 mins
  • Bike - 44 mins

Zone 2
Tube:
 Piccadilly and London Overground

Average rents per week Room: £148 - £167
Studio: £208 - £264
One bedroom: £299 - £360
Two bedroom: £360 - £450

ISLINGTON

Transport and distance      

Travel times to South Kensington:

  • Train - 29 mins
  • Bus - 72 mins
  • Bike - 40 mins

Zone 2
Tube:
 Victoria and London Overground

Average rents per week Room: £161 - £202
Studio: £200 - £290
One bedroom: £340 - £430
Two bedroom: £440 - £575

Notting hill

Transport and distance

Travel times to South Kensington:

  • Train - 13 mins
  • Bus - 14 mins
  • Bike - 10 mins

Zone 1&2
Tube:
Central, Circle, District Line

Average rents per week Room: £172 - £189
Studio: £265 - £320
One bedroom: £375 - £525
Two bedroom: £495 - £796

Paddington

Transport and distance                              

Travel times to South Kensington:

  • Train - 19 mins
  • Bus - 34 mins
  • Bike - 12 mins

Zone 1
Tube:
Bakerloo, District, Circle, Hammersmith & City Line

Average rents per week Room: £189 - £245*
Studio: £260 - £339
One bedroom: £395 - £500
Two bedroom: £500 - £748

PUTNEY

Transport and distance

Travel times to South Kensington:

  • Train - 23 mins
  • Bus - 53 mins
  • Bike - 26 mins

Zone 2
Tube:
 District and National Rail

Average rents per week Room: £92 - £138
Studio: £214 - £248
One bedroom: £293 - £339
Two bedroom: £351 - £449

Shepherd's Bush

Transport and distance

Travel times to South Kensington:

  • Train - 21 mins
  • Bus - 26 mins
  • Bike - 15 mins

Zone 2
Tube:
Central Line

Average rents per week Room: £136 - £168
Studio: £194 - £249
One bedroom: £284 - £334
Two bedroom: £299 - £409

SOUTH KENSINGTON

Transport and distance       

Travel times to South Kensington:

  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A

Zone 2
Tube:
 District, Circle and Piccadily Line

Average rents per week Room: £198 - £295*
Studio: £339 - £426
One bedroom: £480 - £610
Two bedroom: £644 - £875

VAUXHALL

Transport and distance

Travel times to South Kensington:

  • Train - 27 mins
  • Bus - 40 mins
  • Bike - 22 mins

Zone 1 &2
Tube:
 Victoria Line

Average rents per week Room: £127 - £160*
Studio: £234 - £249
One bedroom: £274 - £350
Two bedroom: £354 - £450

WATERLOo

Transport and distance                                               

Travel times to South Kensington:

  • Train - 26 mins
  • Bus - 44 mins
  • Bike - 22 mins

Zone 1 
Tube:
 Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern. Waterloo & City Line, National Rail

Average rents per week Room: £123 - £230
Studio: £253 - £318
One bedroom: £299 - £425
Two bedroom: £380 - £530

West Brompton

Transport and distance

Travel times to South Kensington:

  • Train - 15 mins
  • Bus - 23 mins
  • Bike - 10 mins

Zone 2 
Tube:
 District Line

Average rents per week Room: £126 - £209
Studio: £294 - £480
One bedroom: £395 - £506
Two bedroom: £496 - £788

 

WEST KENSINGTON

Transport and distance

Travel times to South Kensington:

  • Train - 14 mins
  • Bus - 23 mins
  • Bike - 14 mins
  • Walking - 21 mins

Zone 2
Tube:
 District Line

Average rents per week Room: £145 - £245
Studio: £263 - £300
One bedroom: £311 - £360
Two bedroom: £420 - £600

WHITECHAPEL

Transport and distance   

Travel times to South Kensington:

  • Train - 39 mins
  • Bus - 72 mins
  • Bike - 43 mins

Zone 2
Tube:
 District, Hammersmith & City 

Average rents per week Room: £114 - £171
Studio: £281 - £349
One bedroom: £325 - £376
Two bedroom: £399 - £495

Wimbledon

Transport and distance

Travel times to South Kensington:

  • Train - 31 mins
  • Bus - 72 mins
  • Bike - 41 mins

Zone 3
Tube:
District Line

Average rents per week Room: £120 - £158
Studio: £201 - £230
One bedroom: £265 - £311
Two bedroom: £322 - £390

The above figures are accurate as of January 2017 and sourced from the following:

  • Travel times: Google Maps, distance from the tube/train station of each area to South kensington campus.
  • London rent figures: www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/housing-and-land/renting/london-rens-map
  • *rent figures from 2016 due to insufficient data.

Local authorities

Local Authorities are also known as Councils. They have a responsibility for a range of services, including council tax, libraries, rubbish collection, environmental health, leisure facilities and local authority housing.

As a student, you are entitled to a council tax exemption. Please view our council tax webpage for more information on council tax exemption letters.

The following list of Local Authorities may be useful for Imperial College students:

Local Authorities

Local AuthorityGeneral EnquiriesCouncil TaxWebsite
Brent 020 8937 1234  020 8937 1790  www.brent.gov.uk
Camden 020 7974 4444  020 7974 6470  www.camden.gov.uk
Ealing 020 8825 6677  020 8825 7050   www.ealing.gov.uk
Hammersmith and Fulham 020 8748 3020  020 8753 6681   www.lbhf.gov.uk
Haringey 020 8489 0000  020 8489 1000   www.haringey.gov.uk
Kensington and Chelsea 020 7361 3000  020 7361 3005   www.rbkc.gov.uk
Lambeth 020 7926 1000  0345 302 2312   www.lambeth.gov.uk
Tower Hamlets 020 7364 5020  020 7364 5002   www.towerhamlets.gov.uk
Wandsworth 020 8871 6000  020 8871 8081   www.wandsworth.gov.uk
Westminster 020 7641 6000  0845 302 3400   www.westminster.gov.uk