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    I have a question, I'm also an international student from the US and will be getting my MA at City University London in the Fall. Are there any close cheapish neighborhoods "mature" student friendly?
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    (Original post by The Assassin)
    Not sure why hackney still has such a bad rep really. It's become pretty up-market these days. Not perfect by any means no, but still. Lol at kensal rise being there as well.

    West London you'll be fine. Although it's pretty expensive compared to north/south/east. Tend to avoid most in east london thats more east than bethnal green.

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    Which uni will you be going to, OP?
    LSE or UCL. Not final yet.
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    (Original post by ragandbone)
    I think I would agree - Tottenham and Seven Sisters, don't bother with - not much fun to live there - too far out, nowhere much to go to. maybe try Holloway? Still not trendy as such but very central, easy to get to, close to places like Camden, Islington, in zone two - should be a lot of accom suitable for you there
    Holloway is expensive these days, full of professionals. Personally I dont think Seven Sisters is any rougher than Holloway but because its got a bad rep, it's quite a bit cheaper and only a short bus ride away.

    Stroud Green is a little gem apparently in terms of underpriced flats, and its really not that rough.

    Avoid Tottenham though yeah, arguably the roughest and most violent part of London.
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    (Original post by The Assassin)
    Not sure why hackney still has such a bad rep really. It's become pretty up-market these days. Not perfect by any means no, but still. Lol at kensal rise being there as well.

    West London you'll be fine. Although it's pretty expensive compared to north/south/east. Tend to avoid most in east london thats more east than bethnal green.

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    Which uni will you be going to, OP?
    West London should be avoided by students imo purely because of the ridiculous rents. It's not even that great a place to live as a student in terms of nightlife, you're still going to end up getting the tube/bus into central/East London when you go out, which is why very few students actually live West. And I dont think you'd feel any safer walking through say Shepherds Bush at night than say Holloway anyway so its really a strange decision for any student to go West.

    yeah Kensal Green is just boring, like most of West London. Nothing there but a cemetery and row after row of terraced housing. Not exactly posh but not rough either.

    Hackney is 50/50 these days, there are still plenty of estates about that you wouldnt want to be hanging about late at night. The North Eastern bits especially although around Hackney Wick etc is all fine. Full of hipsters obviously. Still, it is rougher than say Camden Town tbh.

    Agree on going farther East than Bethnal Green.
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    (Original post by Zürich)
    West London should be avoided by students imo purely because of the ridiculous rents. It's not even that great a place to live as a student in terms of nightlife, you're still going to end up getting the tube/bus into central/East London when you go out, which is why very few students actually live West. And I dont think you'd feel any safer walking through say Shepherds Bush at night than say Holloway anyway so its really a strange decision for any student to go West.

    yeah Kensal Green is just boring, like most of West London. Nothing there but a cemetery and row after row of terraced housing. Not exactly posh but not rough either.

    Hackney is 50/50 these days, there are still plenty of estates about that you wouldnt want to be hanging about late at night. The North Eastern bits especially although around Hackney Wick etc is all fine. Full of hipsters obviously. Still, it is rougher than say Camden Town tbh.

    Agree on going farther East than Bethnal Green.
    Yeah ik -- said it would be too expensive anyways and was only saying that because some of the areas there were talked about earlier ITT (lived / spent time in a lot of these parts). Shepherd's bush or Ealing at night would general be the least safe but they're fine on the whole -- probably on a similar level to lots of places that get a poor rep elsewhere. I've found the least trouble in the west though I would say, but in terms of the night life I'd always end up going central or few select areas elsewhere (bethnal green, brixton sometimes e.g)

    Living in central (for now at least) is something else though :sogood: .
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    Hackney is fine. Stop dissing my ends :emo:

    The influx of hipsters is annoying tho.
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    Tottenham is a complete ghetto. Pi** all over the streets and bars over everyones doors and windows. I had friends that went to Secondary School there, I can't even tell you how many people got stabbed (a good few even died outside the school gates) during their time there from year 7 - 11. The government is doing things to improve the area though, namely by kicking all the council residents out and relocating them somewhere else with the assistance of private developers.
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    (Original post by akj.latif)
    LSE or UCL. Not final yet.
    Tough choice, unless of course it is Economics you are doing.
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    (Original post by FreedomCostsTax)
    Tottenham is a complete ghetto. Pi** all over the streets and bars over everyones doors and windows. I had friends that went to Secondary School there, I can't even tell you how many people got stabbed (a good few even died outside the school gates) during their time there from year 7 - 11. The government is doing things to improve the area though, namely by kicking all the council residents out and relocating them somewhere else with the assistance of private developers.
    I find this hard to believe, especially with the influx of other cultures in the area.
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    (Original post by Blitzkrieg15)
    I find this hard to believe, especially with the influx of other cultures in the area.
    The council are pushing for private developments to go ahead in Tottenham. Once this happens, they will relocate a good number of council residents to other areas. The council even had people in Northumberland Park talking about this last September.
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    (Original post by FreedomCostsTax)
    The council are pushing for private developments to go ahead in Tottenham. Once this happens, they will relocate a good number of council residents to other areas. The council even had people in Northumberland Park talking about this last September.
    I was at Northumberland Park over the weekend, it is rough, but not rough rough. No idea about other parts of Tottenham, but the name has always filled me with dread over the years, as did Brixton, and look how much Brixton has improved.
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    (Original post by Blitzkrieg15)
    I was at Northumberland Park over the weekend, it is rough, but not rough rough. No idea about other parts of Tottenham, but the name has always filled me with dread over the years, as did Brixton, and look how much Brixton has improved.
    Similar thing happened in Brixton. A friend of mine used to live on an estate in Brixton a few years ago, until the council passed the land over to a private development company so they could build new homes and boost the house prices up (he was relocated to a seaside home in Bournemouth, I guess he got lucky. Others just got moved to other dumps, I think in Croydon.) I think a big conflict actually ended up happening on the street between the bailiffs that the council sent out and the residents.
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    (Original post by Zürich)
    Holloway is expensive these days, full of professionals. Personally I dont think Seven Sisters is any rougher than Holloway but because its got a bad rep, it's quite a bit cheaper and only a short bus ride away.

    Stroud Green is a little gem apparently in terms of underpriced flats, and its really not that rough.

    Avoid Tottenham though yeah, arguably the roughest and most violent part of London.
    Oh really? Stroud Green? Interesting bit of info there
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    (Original post by Light_bulb)
    No go areas:

    Peckham
    Brixton
    Hackney
    Lewisham
    Croydon
    Kensal Rise
    Harlesden

    These are just off the topic of my head my best advice is stick to central if not go for places such a Wimbledon Putney or Fulham
    As someone who lives in Lewisham I really don't know what all the fuss is about. It's nice, green, cheap, next to Blackheath and I've never once felt in danger in any way :/

    I think people just pick areas with lot of black people and go 'look, dangerous!!!'

    Also Peckham?! Peckham is hipster central :/

    Actually same goes for Brixton these days.
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    (Original post by queen-bee)
    It's very dangerous in kensington and Chelsea,im afraid of getting mugged Everytime I walk home
    Actually last year Kensington and Chelsea had a higher murder rate than Lewisham. True story.
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    (Original post by ragandbone)
    (Argh!! Don't go to Wimbledon Putney or Fulham. too boring and staid.

    Honestly. London is not as dangerous as you think it is. Go to Brixton. If you need cheaper, try Lewisham or Walthamstow or Norwood Junction. If you want, like Hipsters, Shoreditch and surrounding areas. If you have loads of money you could try Soho or Noho. Or try North London - Kentish Town a bit cheaper, Camden you will probably like (for tourists), Primrose Hill (for locals), Chalk Farm and perhaps Hampstead if you like a bit of classic old London with a wonderful heath. Or try Blackheath - very very nice if you are loaded or Greenwich - lots of internationals like that. Use your common sense and instinct and you will be fine in London!
    Blackheath isn't that expensive if you live the Lewisham rather than Greenwich side. Our flat is £1100 for a ridiculously nice 1 bed and its like a 5 min walk from the heath. You can rent a room in blackheath for under £550 a month easily, even less if you move slightly into Lewisham.
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    (Original post by redferry)
    Blackheath isn't that expensive if you live the Lewisham rather than Greenwich side. Our flat is £1100 for a ridiculously nice 1 bed and its like a 5 min walk from the heath. You can rent a room in blackheath for under £550 a month easily, even less if you move slightly into Lewisham.
    I'm moving to Blackheath then
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    (Original post by ragandbone)
    I'm moving to Blackheath then
    Do it, its wonderful here
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    (Original post by redferry)
    Actually last year Kensington and Chelsea had a higher murder rate than Lewisham. True story.
    Whoah,I best be careful then
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    (Original post by Blitzkrieg15)
    Tough choice, unless of course it is Economics you are doing.
    Not Economics, if that was my course I would definitely go for the former. I'm going into Law.
 
 
 
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