Some of the recent graduates looking to rent or buy a home in Newington Green may already know this vibrant part of London from their time living in the area at Alliance House while studying at City University.

And with A-level results due out on 18 August, the next generation of undergraduates will be setting their sights on gaining a higher education qualification at one of London’s 10 top-ranking universities.

Many young people who make the move to London for university start off living in student lets. But the quality of your degree – and your employment prospects – is not only affected by whether you live in good quality accommodation but if you join one of the 10 best unis in the capital.

Goldsmith's university
London School Economics
Queen Mary university
University college London
King's college London
St George's university
City university
Imperial college London
SOAS university

London’s top 10 ranking universities 2017 v 2016

(National rankings of London universities)
*Numbers in the first two columns relate to each university’s National ranking

Rank in 2017 Rank in 2016 University name
3 3 (Visit) London School of Economics
4 4 (Visit) Imperial College London
10 13 (Visit) University College London
21 23 (Visit) King’s College London
31 33 (Visit) Queen Mary, University of London
40 41 (Visit) City
43 43 (Visit) SOAS, University of London
44 43 (Visit) St George’s, University of London
51 50 (Visit) Goldsmiths, University of London
52 49 (Visit) Brunel University London

London’s top 10 ranking universities 2016 v 2015

(National rankings of London universities)
*Numbers in the first two columns relate to each university’s National ranking

Rank in 2016  Rank in 2015 University name
3 3 (Visit) London School of Economics
4 6 (Visit) Imperial College London
13 9 (Visit) University College London
23 28 (Visit) King’s College London
33 36 (Visit) Queen Mary, University of London
41 40 (Visit) City
43 35 (Visit) SOAS, University of London
43 46 (Visit) St George’s, University of London
49 47 (Visit) Brunel University London
50 50 (Visit) Goldsmiths, University of London

 London’s top 10 ranking universities 2015 v 2014

(National rankings of London universities)
*Numbers in the first two columns relate to each university’s National ranking

Rank in 2015  Rank in 2014  University name
3 3 (Visit) London School of Economics
6 4 (Visit) Imperial College London
9 7 (Visit) University College London
28 19 (Visit) King’s College London
35 33 (Visit) SOAS, University of London
36 35 (Visit) Queen Mary, University of London
40 42 (Visit) City
46 34 (Visit) St George’s, University of London
47 44 (Visit) Brunel University London
50 50 (Visit) Goldsmiths, University of London

 London’s top 10 ranking universities 2014 v 2013

(National rankings of London universities)
*Numbers in the first two columns relate to each university’s National ranking

Rank in 2014 Rank in 2013 University name
3 2 (Visit) London School of Economics
4 4 (Visit) Imperial College London
7 8 (Visit) University College London
19 18 (Visit) King’s College London
33 30 (Visit) SOAS, University of London
34 N/A (Visit) St George’s, University of London
35 42 (Visit) Queen Mary, University of London
42 38 (Visit) City
44 41 (Visit) Brunel University London
50 50 (Visit) Goldsmiths, University of London

 London’s top 10 ranking universities 2013 v 2012

(National rankings of London universities)
*Numbers in the first two columns relate to each university’s National ranking

Rank in 2013 Rank in 2012 University name
2 4 (Visit) London School of Economics
4 3 (Visit) Imperial College London
8 7 (Visit) University College London
18 16 (Visit) King’s College London
30 18 (Visit) SOAS, University of London
38 41 (Visit) City
41 50 (Visit) Brunel University London
42 36 (Visit) Queen Mary, University of London
48 59
(Visit) University of the Arts London 
50 57 (Visit) Goldsmiths, University of London

10 best universities in London

The London School of Economics retains its position as the top-ranked university in London, according to the latest Complete University Guide.

The authoritative study, which uses entry standards, student satisfaction, research quality and graduate prospects as factors that decide a university’s overall ranking, lists LSE ahead of Imperial College, UCL, King’s College, Queen Mary, City, SOAS, St George’s, Goldsmiths and Brunel.

To help you decide which London uni is best for you, we present the Complete University Guide’s list of the 10 best places to study in the capital from the past five years.

While these tables make fascinating reading, including showing that City University is among London’s top-ranked places for higher education, they do little to help students identify the best places to live in the capital.

Most undergraduates would prefer to live in student accommodation on campus, or just five minutes’ walk from lectures or the students’ union, but many of those studying in central London choose to base themselves in areas such as Newington Green, Stoke Newington, Islington and Hackney because areas such as these offer great local amenities plus speedy transport links into the centre.

 Advice for students

When searching for university accommodation in or near Newington Green, we would advise you to draw up a list of your minimum requirements.

Before you start viewing properties, it’s important to set a budget, define the location you want to live in (considering both the journey time to university and facilities in easy reach, such as supermarkets and transport links) and consider whether you want to live alone or be part of a student flat share.

For a student let, a secure home with smoke alarms, a Gas Safety certificate, good levels of light, a functioning shower, kitchen area and space to study that is within 30 minutes of your university are all reasonable expectations of your student digs.

Next, make the funds you’ll require available immediately. When using a reputable lettings agency to find private accommodation, you will need to produce a deposit and rent in advance to secure your student let.

Questions to ask before a viewing

Having found potential student accommodation in or near Newington Green, your next step is to arrange a viewing. But before you set out to visit the property, it is advisable to ask the following questions…

  • What is the agency fee?
  • If the property is for five or more people, does it have an HMO licence?
  • How much is the deposit?
  • What furnishings/appliances are included as part of the rent?
  • What bills are included in the rent? Please note that full-time students are exempt from paying council tax but part-time students aren’t.

Things to consider when viewing a student let include…

  • Cycle storage
  • Bin capacity
  • Size of the fridge/freezer provided
  • Study space. If advertised as a student let, the landlord is responsible for providing a desk and a chair.
  • The property’s connectivity. Students now rank broadband speed above off-street parking.

When viewing a property, remember to take photos or record it on your phone’s video facility. This will allow you and any potential housemates to keep your memories of the viewing fresh when discussing whether to take a tenancy.

Agreeing the deal

Most tenancy agreements run for 12 months. But students renting in areas not used exclusively by undergraduates, such as Newington Green, may be able to get a break clause inserted in to the agreement. This allows the tenant to give notice at any time during the second half of the agreement.

If this is your first time renting private accommodation in London, we know it can be a cause of anxiety – especially if you are a newcomer to the capital.

Whether you are an undergraduate or postgraduate student, it is our aim to make finding your home in Newington Green, Stoke Newington, Highbury or Islington as straightforward as possible. While we cannot aid your studies – or even help you make friends at university – we can remove the hassle of finding you a good standard of student accommodation. For further advice, get in touch with M&M Property today.