Slip Into the Easy Student Life in Streatham

If you’re coming to the UK capital for a study abroad experience, one of the most important factors to ensure you have a fun, productive and memorable experience is where you choose to base yourself. For those looking at the option of a homestay, London’s central area is within easy reach of Streatham, but this up and coming suburb in the city’s southwest offers a more relaxed pace.  

With great transport connections, good high street facilities and easy access to Tooting Bec Lido (an open-air swimming pool) and the gorgeous open spaces of Streatham Common, I think it really is a perfect place for a base in a friendly family homestay. London student life is right on the doorstep of this vibrant suburb.

Here are just a few of the things I love about the area for students.

Easy Transport Connections

It’s a quick and easy 15-minute trip into Victoria or London Bridge from any of the three train stations: Streatham Hill, Streatham and Streatham Common. It’s also very easy to reach Dulwich, Croydon and Peckham and there are numerous bus routes serving the suburb, including the N109, N133 and N137 night buses. While there isn’t a Tube, I’ve never found that a disadvantage because the good overground links mean you can make connections easily, and you can get to Balham or Tooting Bec Underground stations easily by bus.

Beautiful Art Deco Architecture

The High Road is lined with lovely Art Deco architecture, including grand department stores, mansion blocks and charming old-fashioned cinemas. The suburb has a glamorous history dating back to the 1930s, and the area has been beautifully revived in recent years. My tip is to head down towards Tooting Bec Common to see some of the most impressive restored homes.  

Streatham Common Kite Day

This is one of the best-loved of South London’s annual events and has been running for more than twenty years. This fabulous, fun-filled free day comprises lots of international food, fantastic music and, of course, hundreds of brightly coloured kites flying through the skies – and the best thing is, you’ll be able to walk there from your homestay. London’s best professional and amateur kite flyers come together on the Common to compete for the title of National Champion, and this is definitely the most exciting visual experience you can enjoy in the local neighbourhood.

Fabulous Food Options

As with most places in the UK capital, the options for food are many and extremely varied. You can get everything from fresh fish and produce to hearty, well-priced pub-style meals, but I certainly can recommend a couple of definite standouts. While I can’t go past one of the famous fluffy, melt-in-the-mouth doughnuts from Thompson Deli on the High Road, they also have a huge array of other delicious cakes, pastries and savoury treats. Beyrouths is another personal recommendation, offering a range of tasty authentic Lebanese dishes served up in a massive industrial warehouse space.

I really don’t think there’s anything missing in Streatham if you’re looking for a relaxed but very well connected place to base yourself for a study abroad experience.

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