The Parks and Green Spaces Near Your Student Accommodation

If your study abroad experience is planned for the summer you can expect a treat. England in the summertime is really special, and you’ll be able to get the most from it in the parks and green spaces near your student housing. London may be a big city but it has many large parkland areas that you can access easily so you’ll never be far from flora and fauna.

I know from my experiences here that it’s absolutely true that you’ll have a choice of parks to visit that could be within walking distance of your student housing. London is famous for its commitment to preserving the green spaces that provide an escape from the urban scene.

Hampstead Heath

If you’re staying at Tufnell House then this is your local piece of countryside. Even if you’ve chosen another location for your student housing, London’s Hampstead Heath is certainly worth a visit.

The Heath is huge – it has forested areas, ponds for swimming, hills for climbing – you can easily spend a day here just wandering the paths. If you want something more active you can swim in the outdoor lidos or join any of the organised sports that take place here.

I can promise you that you’ll find it hard to believe that you’re in the heart of the capital city. It really does feel like the middle of the countryside. If you’re coming from Tufnell House it’s only a 20-minute walk, and if you’re visiting from elsewhere you can reach it via the Underground and the Overground. There are several stops for the many entrances to the Heath so check the TfL Journey Planner to find your quickest route.

Regent’s Park

This one is a little more formal than Hampstead Heath; I particularly love the landscaped gardens that look so quintessentially English. It is near the Marylebone and Paddington Station areas, so if your accommodation is in Nutford House you can walk to there in just 15 minutes.

Named after the Prince Regent (who later became King George IV), this is one of the Royal Parks. There are cooling, elegant fountains as well as a small lake where you can hire a row boat.

In the summer months you can attend performances at the Open Air Theatre – it’s a really unique experience to watch a play or an opera as the sun slowly goes down over the city.

Primrose Hill

Primrose Hill is an excellent place to go for stunning (and free) views of the whole cityscape. It’s not far from Regent’s Park so, again, Nutford House is right next door.

Hyde Park

There’s a good chance you’ve heard of Hyde Park even if you’ve never visited. It doesn’t matter where you find student housing, London’s Hyde Park should be on your list of iconic attractions. It is in the heart of the city so you won’t have any trouble getting there. If you are staying at International Hall or Nutford House you can even walk there.

There is so much to do: you can rent bikes or paddle boats. There are cafes, tennis courts and even horse riding opportunities. My friends and I love to take a big blanket, some sandwiches, drinks, a Frisbee or a ball and just spend a whole Sunday afternoon there.

I could go on with my list – there are just so many stunning open spcaes! Don’t forget to check out Green Park, Kensington Gardens, Battersea, Clapham Common, Crystal Palace (this one has an awesome dinosaur section), St James’ Park and many more. Wherever you find your ideal student housing, London will provide a green space practically on your doorstep.

Contact our team at Britannia Student Services if you’d like to know more about our accommodation options. Whether you’re looking for halls of residence, a homestay or a flatshare, we can help you make the right choice and choose your ideal location.

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