I can’t think of many transport systems quite as intricate and culturally significant as the London Underground, the city’s iconic spine which runs just below its surface. Some of the stops are even famous in their own right, instead of just for the many landmarks that surround them. It seems like everywhere you look there’s a tube stop with some great historical significance. I hope that this list of a few of my favourites will help you see that just outside the doors of your London student housing, a transport worth marvelling at awaits you.
Notting Hill Gate
This is one for the film lovers – especially if you’ve seen the 1999 film of the same name starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. Way over on the west side of the city is Notting Hill Gate Station, one of the finest examples of an instantly recognisable Underground platform style. You can get there by the City and District lines.
This station lies at the heart of the city’s business district, so it’s likely to be far-flung from most London student housing. The most-loved tube stop of 2013 is certainly worth a visit though, with its huge interior and spectacular street level views of the buildings that make up the city skyline. Take the Jubilee line and step out into a world of modern technology, culture and staggering architecture.
Sometimes you have to look outside the station walls to experience the culture of the city, but you barely have to be off the train to see Southwark’s brilliant 40-metre high wall made of 660 uniquely cut blue glass pieces. Remember to take your phone with you if you’re into Instagram because this is one photogenic wall.
If that’s not enough, this Jubilee line station is in a fantastic location, close by to the Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe, as well as the Old Vic and Young Vic theatres.
This is perhaps one of the most famous stations in London; student housing all over the north of the city accessible from it. You might even recognise a platform or two from the Harry Potter films! What I love most about King’s Cross however is the beautiful building itself. The ceiling of the Western Concourse in particular is an astonishing feat of architecture. You will know what I mean when you see it.
You might see a lot of Waterloo station if you live in the south – but even if you don’t, this is a building worth a visit as it features wonderful 1920s décor, designed at the height of the British Empire. You should also take note of the old World War I Victory Arch.
These are not just your average train stations, but key connectors to the cultural heart of the city, each with its own unique style and atmosphere. A few steps from your London student housing you’ll find the most fascinating parts of the Underground – and they’ll take you just about anywhere you like in a matter of minutes.
Sophie Smith works as an independent consultant and offers advice to young people looking for London student housing. The city has a wide range of options when it comes to student living, and Sophie’s helpful suggestions make deciding where to stay even easier. Her expert tips and tricks stem from her first-hand experience studying in the city and living on a budget, so she is more than qualified to support others doing the same.
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