Student accommodation for the University of the Arts London

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We’re an artistic bunch, here at The Hive, as evidenced by our creative surroundings, better known as Shoreditch, and the huge array of students staying with us who attend the University of the Arts London; Europe’s largest university to specialise in art, design, fashion and the performing arts. Indeed, when asked, our residents will tell you that, alongside our incredible security features (which include 24/7 staff presence, CCTV and secure key fob access), it’s our central location that makes The Hive so desirable.

So just how convenient is our student housing for students of the University of the Arts London?

London College of Fashion at John Prince’s St

20 John Prince’s St, London W1G 0BJ, UK

Simply jump on the Central Line at Bethnal Green (5 minutes walk from The Hive), and jump off at Oxford Circus Underground Station – the London College of Fashion is just a 2 minute walk away.  The journey takes only 20 minutes in total, and Central Line trains run every two minutes, ensuring you’ll never have long to wait.

London College of Fashion at High Holborn

272 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EY, UK

An even shorter journey than above, simply jump off the Central Line at Holborn and walk three minutes to arrive at the London College of fashion. The total journey time takes just 19 minutes.

London College of Fashion at Golden Lane

Golden Lane, London EC1Y 0UU

Switch to The London Overground from Bethnal Green for this one, and you’ll be at Liverpool Street within one stop, there you’ll be able to choose from the Metropolitan, Hammersmith and City, or Circle Line to whisk you away to The London College of Fashion at Golden Lane.  If you prefer a more direct route, why not jump on a bike, which will take you just 15 minutes door to door?

London College of Fashion at Curtain Rd

Shoreditch, London EC2A 3AA, UK

The London College of Fashion campus at Curtain Rd is so close to The Hive, we’d suggest simply walking it.  At only a mile away, you can cover the distance in 20 minutes on foot (9 mins on a bike), or, if it’s raining (or you’ve slept in!), you can jump on the 388 bus, which will take you door to door in just 19 minutes.

Student accommodation at other University of the Arts London colleges

But it’s not just the Central London colleges that benefit from The Hive’s great location.  Wimbledon College of Arts, Camberwell College of Arts and the London College of Communication are all conveniently placed within easy reach of The Hive.  So wherever you choose to study at the University of the Arts London, make sure you book your London student accommodation at The Hive.

3 Fun things for students to do in Bethnal Green

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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.

The Hive is situated right in the heart of cool London, with Shoreditch, Old Street and Brick lane just moments away.  So, with that in mind, here are our top three things to do in Bethnal Green when you want a little time off from your studies.

  1. 120 years ago, Bethnal Green was a very different place. Neighbouring Whitechapel was the haunt of notorious serial killer, Jack the Ripper, and buildings today that house quirky and cool pubs, cafes, and boutique shops, might once have been frequented by this infamous London resident.  Relive the horror of yesteryear (and learn the fascinating history of Victorian London) with Jack the Ripper tours, which are held daily.  If you dare…
  2. Looking to experience London from a slightly more… modern… perspective? Things don’t come more contemporary than ever trendy Shoreditch, located just a few minutes walk from The Hive student accommodation.The evolutionary home of the London hipster, Shoreditch is famous for great coffee, cool cocktails, and amazing street art, as well as the newly redeveloped Old Spitalfields Market, where you’ll find boutique shops sitting side by side with big brand eateries, live events and gigs, and delicious street food stop offs.
  1. You can’t be a student living in Bethnal Green without at least hearing about the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. Timeout Magazine describes this London oddity as “A must see on the night life map” and the venue is an ever popular destination for students and locals alike.  Once seen, never forgotten!

There’s a whole lot more to Bethnal Green than the above, of course (we haven’t even started on Brick Lane), 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 Hive, 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 Hive 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 Hive 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 Hive.  Ok, if you’re already a current resident, you’ll know this already, but here at The Hive 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 Hive, just fill out this form and we’ll come right back to you.