In this post, I will share with you the best places to live in London for young people (professionals, students and Gen Z and millennials in some cases as well). I’m a millennial myself, and I moved to London around four years ago. So far, it’s been the best decision ever. While London undoubtedly is a very expensive city, living here is totally worth it for me. I’m obsessed with the history of London, all of its quirky and non-touristy places and I’m in love with North London! In one of my previous posts, I wrote about the average salary needed to live in London and what can you afford with each salary. We, millennials, aren’t always the best at making money. We want to experience the best life has to offer and spend money on nice experiences.
Unless you have your partner or bestie you will share your flat with (or you have a really decent salary already), you will probably rent a room in one of these great places to live in London for millennials and young people.
The best places to live in London for students and young professionals:
Old Street / Shoreditch
One of the absolute best areas to live in London for young professionals and Gen Z is the Old Street / Shoreditch area. This area has some of the best restaurants in London, plenty of places to go out, some of the best curries in London (on Brick Lane – e.g. Aladdin) and a lot of vintage stores. Shoreditch is also famous for its street art.
Old Street and Shoreditch are basically in the city centre, so renting there might be a bit expensive, but at the same time, you can save money on the commute and just go everywhere by bike (or even walking).
The only downside is that the area can be very noisy at times and can see a bit of anti-social behaviour, especially close to the old street station on Friday and Saturday nights.
Located very close to the Broadway Market, one of London’s best street food markets, London fields is a fun and vibrant area to live in London for young professionals, Gen Z and millennials. London Fields is a great park (besides, lovely Victoria Park is also not too far away), where you can hang out with friends and do exercise. There is also Regent’s canal at your doorstep – you can walk or cycle all the way to King’s Cross (and even further) from there.
The only downside is that London Fields is only served by overground – it might not be a good option if you’re working in West London / North London.
Clapham Junction / Common
Another area where a lot of young professionals tend to live is Clapham Junction, Clapham Common and other “Claphams”. I love this area and would be happy to live there if I was able to afford a house there; however, while rent is doable, buying a terraced house in Clapham is nearly impossible!
Clapham Junction is served by a large train station – you can go pretty much anywhere from there in almost no time, which is fantastic and very convenient for commuting. The Clapham Common station (as well as the other “Claphams”) is on the Northern Line, also pretty close to the city centre!
“The Claphams” have everything you can think of – great brunch spots, nice bars, a lot of green spaces and a lot of shops, including a large TK Maxx!
Hoxton & Haggerston
Two other hip areas to live in London are Hoxton and Haggerston. While both can be a bit sketchy at times (especially when you take a wrong turn), they also have an incredible amount of independent coffee shops and other businesses. Moreover, the location is very close to the city centre, so you can easily walk/cycle to Central London.
One of my favourite restaurants in London, Berber & Q, is located in Haggerston! Once everything is open again in London, make sure to visit it to try the most delicious Middle Eastern and North African food in London.
Islington is one of my favourite areas in London, and I was fortunate to have worked there for 1.5 years. While buying a property in Islington is pretty much impossible, renting is doable, especially if you’re sharing it with your friends.
Islington is very beautiful – Camden Passage is probably one of the prettiest little streets in London, and the area near Barnsbury is stunning as well. At the same time, Upper street in Islington is home to numerous restaurants and once was the street with the most restaurants in London!
Islington is also located in Zone 1 of London, meaning it’s right in the city centre. You can walk to King’s Cross in 20 minutes and to Old Street in 20-25 minutes. You can even walk to Leicester Square in 40 minutes or so!
Kentish Town & Camden
Camden Town and Kentish town are some of the best areas to live in London for young people for sure. If you’re into rock music, you will love living in Camden. However, if you don’t, you will still like Camden. Camden has been undergoing a massive renovation with Camden Market being refurbished and a brand new sustainable food market being built.
There are also plenty of shops and bars in Camden and a lot of veggie / vegan places.
If you prefer quieter places than the ones I mentioned previously, I recommend looking at Crouch End. Crouch End is a gorgeous area with a village feel and a lot of bars and restaurants. It’s located in zone 3 of London, so renting there will be a bit cheaper. It has a lot of green spaces nearby, including free tennis courts and woods where you can go for a run. It’s a proper residential area. Crouch End is served by the Hornsey train station (you can get to Old street in about 15-20 minutes; however, trains only go 2-3 times per hour) or, alternatively, you can use the Crouch Hill overground station.
Another area to consider if you’re a young professional or a student in London is Hammersmith. Hammersmith is probably one of the best-connected underground stations in London, and it’s probably the best area to live in London if you’re sharing with multiple friends and all of you study or work in opposite areas of the city.
Apart from that, Hammersmith is lovely – you can walk the Chiswick High street to Turnham green for some lovely bookshops and cafes or go shopping at Westfield Shepard’s Bush!
If you’re on a tight budget but still don’t want to compromise on the commute and would like to live close to the city centre, head to Blackhorse Road. This area has undergone a huge makeover. There are plenty of new builds in Blackhorse road, and there is even a brand new street food market around the St. James Street overground station. The area still has a long way to go; however, it’s developing rapidly, and it’s only about 20 minutes away from Oxford Street on the tube!
Another area where a lot of young people end up living is Stratford. Stratford is an exciting area that also has seen a lot of investment around ten years ago. There are still some dangerous and unwelcoming bits of Stratford, but if you’re planning to rent in a new build, you will have amazing views over the city!
Stratford is also a very convenient area for commuting to central London. Finally, it also has a great shopping mall – Westfield Stratford!
Finally, in the list of the best places to live in London for young people there is Brixton! Brixton is fun and has excellent street food markets as well as a lot of hipster bars. However, some areas (and streets) in Brixton can be a bit dodgy. If you’re a young female and don’t want a lot of unwanted attention, make sure to pick a street that is close to the tube and has a lot of light and traffic!
Summary of the best districts to live in London for young people
I hope you enjoyed this post about the best places to live in London for young people (young professionals), students, Gen Z and even some millennials! If you’re looking for more family-friendly and upscale areas, make sure to check out my post about the best areas to live in London for families.
Should you have any questions, drop me a DM on @Lizatripsget.