Is living and studying in one of the world’s great capital cities really an option? And if so, where do you start to find the perfect blend of London glitz and glamour without the millionaire price tags? Rotherhithe in Southwark might have the answer…
London is a vast metropolis covering over 611 square miles with a population of 8.5 million and rising. Its sheer size is intimidating, its instantly recognisable architecture breathtaking, and the city’s complexity bewildering. But take another look. Take time to understand the city’s geography and you’ll discover London is made up of a number of towns united under the banner of the global brand that is London.
Located to the south west of the City of London, Southwark borders the River Thames on its northerly edge and is one of the oldest parts of London, however extensive regeneration of the district has seen old and new rubbing shoulders to startling effect.
London’s tallest skyscraper The Shard looms above London Bridge at Southwark’s north easterly edge, while close by Southwark Cathedral has been a place of worship for over 1,000 years. More recently, Southwark has produced some of the nation’s most famous faces, including Sir Michael Caine.
For those studying at universities and colleges around London, Southwark’s excellent transport network and proximity single it out as the perfect place to stay and make the most of student life.
History with all the mod cons
For students at London’s universities and colleges, Southwark, and more specifically Rotherhithe nestled in a loop of the Thames, makes the perfect base with convenience, history and culture in abundance.
Rotherhithe has a rich history as a port spanning over 500 years from Elizabethan times to the 1970s. From the 1980s the regeneration of the area as part of the London Docklands development saw many of the area’s warehouses finding a new use as upmarket apartments.
The arrival of the Jubilee line in 1999 linked the area to central London and from there to the rest of Greater London, boosting Rotherhithe’s redevelopment. Today, Rotherhithe is served by three train Tube stations – Rotherhithe to the north, Surrey Quays to the south and Canada Water in-between, which has links to overground rail routes and bus routes, making the area perfect for students at most of London’s colleges and universities.
Rotherhithe’s redevelopment included the Surrey Quays shopping centre, where you can find all the main high street brands, restaurants and a cinema multiplex. The area around the remaining docks, including Greenland Dock with its community of boat-dwellers, is quiet and perfect for a stroll.
However, you can find an eclectic mix of bars, cafes and pubs around Rotherhithe, including the historic Mayflower pub, which claims to be the oldest pub on the River Thames, and was where in 1620 the Mayflower, the ship which was to carry the Pilgrim Fathers to the New World, moored before sailing to Plymouth and its epic voyage into history.
A place of calm in the city
For students looking to live in Rotherhithe, Landale House is perfect. Only minutes from Rotherhithe’s Tube stations, and within a short walk of Surrey Quays, Landale House provides comfortable contemporary student accommodation, large communal areas for socialising and all the conveniences you need to study, relax and prepare to hit the city’s nightlife.
Close by lies Southwark Park, 63 acres of parkland designed by Alexander McKenzie and opened in 1869. Among the beautiful trees and wildlife garden, there is a cafe, a boating lake and an art gallery, making it a great place to relax and let the buzz of the city fade away. Another place to unwind is Russia Dock Woodland, created by filling in the former Russia Dock. Within the woodland lies Stave Hill, a manmade conical mount allowing great views over Canary Wharf and the City of London from its 9.1m peak.
Just to the north of Landale House is the Brunel Museum and Engine House, designed by Sir Marc Isambard Brunel as part of the infrastructure of the Thames Tunnel. Opened in 1843, the tunnel was described at the time as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ and attracted 50,000 people to its launch. The Thames Tunnel was the only project Sir Marc Isambard Brunel worked on with his more illustrious son, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and was the world’s first tunnel to be built under a navigable river.
Bright lights on your doorstep
Living at Landale House in Rotherhithe is a convenient way to see the rest of London, thanks to its proximity to city’s transport network. Central London is only a short Tube ride away, so all the sights and sounds of one of the world’s great cities are close at hand.
When lectures give way to the weekend, take the chance to see the treasures of the Tower of London, get a bird’s eye view over the city on the London Eye, or visit one of the hundreds of world famous museums and galleries.
With such excellent access to public transport, a visit to one of the city’s famed eateries is a must. From the finest restaurant dining to the freshest street food, London is a food lover’s heaven. You’ll also find the widest assortment of bars and cafes anywhere in Europe.
London’s West End theatres and the city’s nightclubs are all within easy reach of Rotherhithe, making for an unforgettable night.
Shopping, be it the window browsing or the retail therapy varieties, is where the capital is unsurpassed. You can find everything from the latest high street fashion on Oxford Street to vintage trinkets at Portobello Market, and from cutting edge designer clothes in Spitalfields Market to the iconic Harrods in Knightsbridge. Along the way you’ll find quirky cafes, bargain boutiques, historic monuments and a thousand moments to stop you in your tracks.
The great thing is that when you’ve had enough, you can jump on a Tube or a bus back to Rotherhithe to relax in your comfortable room at Landale House.
The perfect blend
Student life isn’t merely a process of collecting and collating knowledge; if it were, universities would be nothing more than faceless libraries full of books and computer terminals. Going to university is about experiencing life in all its glory… and accumulating knowledge.
Living and studying in London provides all the ingredients necessary for an unparalleled student experience – rich history, diverse culture, great nightlife and an effervescent atmosphere day and night.
Landale House and its Rotherhithe location provide the perfect blend of city buzz and relaxing green space, and all within a short bus or Tube ride from the heart of the metropolis.