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The Student Guide to West Hampstead

Posted in West Hampstead by on January 6, 2020

Leafy and picturesque, West Hampstead’s not your usual student area, close-knit and community spirit, it’s a bit different from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the city. Mature professionals and families with children tend to call West Hampstead home, but there’s still plenty on offer for students. Plus with loads of transport links to central London as well as nearby green spaces, we’re pretty envious of anyone spending their studies living in the area.


Fancy living like a West Hampstead local? Be sure to check out this essential neighbourhood guide to the area – recommended for students, by students.

Places to eat




Located next to the West Hampstead Overground Station, this cute hole-in-the-wall coffee shop offers an epic cup of coffee on the go, as well as all-day breakfasts, delicious lunch options, and tasty sandwiches for a lighter option. It’s relaxed and easy-going atmosphere makes it great for catching up on your uni work too!


Best for: A before or after class pick-me-up!




Student life a cheeky Nando’s from time to time go hand in hand, and luckily there’s one in West Hampstead right next to the underground. Your go-to for delicious chicken grub and some seriously spicy seasonings, Nando’s is always a safe bet for eating out as a group.


Best for: Delicious food that won’t break the bank.


Ariana II


For something a little different from your usual student fare, then why not try this warm and welcoming Afghan restaurant? You’ll find plenty of traditional, authentic dishes, including Kabuli Palow, lamb kofta kebabs and Aushak dumplings, along with cardamom-spiced coffee too. Need some more convincing? OK: It’s bring your own beer, and there’s no corkage charge!


Best for: Treating yourself to something different with your mates.


Places to drink


The Gallery Café


This trendy watering hole offers great service, good music and plenty of cosy seating on 3 different levels. Sip on craft beers or delicious cocktails then plan your very own Lady & the Tramp moment with their tasty sharing platters. Alternatively, head their on an empty stomach and get gorging on their bottomless brunch for a filling start to the day!


Best for: Going on a date!


The Railway


This historic pub has played host to music legends such as Jimi Hendrix, Cream and the Rolling Stones in the past, but it’s by no means past it right no. Residents can enjoy a student discount of 20%, lively atmosphere, Premiership game screenings plus weekly karaoke night! What more could you really want?


Best for: A cheap pint (or three) before a big night out.


Things to do


West Hampstead Sports Centre


At the end of the West End Lane lies a cricket ground and tennis courts that seems tailor made for balmy, al fresco viewing of English sports. Head there in the spring and summer for some early evening cricket and tennis viewing, and don’t forget to bring the Pimms for that classic British outdoors experience.


Best for: Enjoying some sports in the summertime!


The Freud Museum


Whether you’re a psychology student or not, this showcase of Sigmund Freud’s insights and analysis is well worth checking out. The famed psychoanalyst’s former home, it was transformed into a museum following the death of his daughter Anna. Visitors can learn all about both Sigmund and Anna, view his study and patient couch as they were during his life, and check out all manner of exhibitions on his work.


Best for: A cultural day out at the weekend.


Tricycle Theatre


If you’re after a bit more culture, then the Tricycle Theatre has been a hive of creativity since the 1980s. Famed for its culturally diverse plays such as the 1990s’ Tribunal Plays, based on high-profile public enquiries, it certainly makes a change from your usual student night out. Along with its 235-seat auditorium, there’s also a cinema screening current favourites and old classics, along with a creative space for workshops and educational programs.


Best for: soaking up some of the area’s storied arts scene.


West End Lane Books


If you’re a bit of a book worm, then be sure to swing by this independent bookshop nestled on – you guessed it – West End Lane! Quaint and cheery, the wide range of reads is impressive, including both new bestsellers to obscure, hidden gems, while big names from the literary world drop in for readings and signings of their newest books, so it’s a dream for all bookish students!


Best for: A quiet search for your new favourite novel


If you’re looking for a student living experience that offers more, head over to the NIDO STUDENTsite or drop us a line on 0207 1000 100 for more information on our student residences.