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10 top-ranking universities near Battersea and Brixton

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Recent graduates looking to buy or rent a home in Brixton and Battersea report they were able to climb the property ladder after completing a higher education qualification at one of London’s 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 affected by whether you join one of the 10 best unis in the capital.

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.

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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

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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

 

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, they do little to help students identify the best places to live in the capital.

Every undergraduate would prefer to live in student accommodation on campus, or just five minutes’ walk from lectures or the students’ union.

But many of students at the top-ranking universities in London move to Brixton or Battersea and the surrounding areas of because rents are cheaper than central London, yet the transport links available give good access to lectures and all of the capital’s attractions that students find most attractive.

When searching for university accommodation, the best advice Eden Harper can offer is to be flexible. We’d also advise you to draw up a list of your minimum requirements for a student let.

A secure home with private access, 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 in Brixton and Battersea.

Before you start viewing flats, 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, places of worship and transport links) and consider whether you want to live alone or be part of a student flat share.

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

Questions to ask before a viewing 

 Having found potential student accommodation in Battersea or Brixton, 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
  • Type of boiler. Combi boilers are not best suited for flats shared by a large number of students because older units can take some time to renew the supply of hot water in the morning.
  • 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 flat, 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 Battersea and Brixton, may be able to get a break clause inserted in to the agreement. This allows the tenant to give notice and leave 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 always our aim to make your time living in Battersea or Brixton as enjoyable 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 Eden Harper today.

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