Wealthiest renters in West Hampstead?

I was lucky enough to be given a guided tour of the new student accommodation on Blackburn Road a couple of weeks ago.

Bedroom in shared flat

The building opens on September 1st, though the majority of students move in to West Hampstead a fortnight later. Contrary to my assertion some months ago, there are some British students, though as of two weeks ago the split was about 50/50. There is also a high share of postgraduate students taking up spaces.

It’s impressive inside, as it should be – the students are paying top-whack to live amongst us whampers. There’s also a rather nice courtyard area, which in good weather should be a good place to sit/lie out with a book.

I was shown, unsurprisingly, one of the nicest flats – on the north-east corner of the building with tall glass windows in the communal area. These flats are shared by eight people, each of whom has an en-suite bedroom while they share the living room/kitchen area.

There are also studio apartments with a self-contained kitchen area. I much preferred these myself. The one I saw, which was a larger one, was actually pretty spacious although it was unfinished!

Weekly rents start at £199 and go up to £259 for the “penthouse”. More than many people’s mortgages, though that includes concierge, secure bike parking, communal areas, a screening room and the all-important superfast broadband. TV licences are extra (and of course streaming television content through your laptop requires a licence). Cleaning services are also available at an extra charge. Using the power of Twitter I’ve put together some top tips for the students, although my definitive top 10 tips are going into their Welcome Pack, so I won’t spoil the surprise for any students reading this now!

Dining area in large flat
There’s another identical kitchen unit out of sight
The view of the Travis Perkins yard
Courtyard chess
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  • Anonymous

    Maybe some young hip shops and restaurants will pop up in WH as result?

  • Des

    Foreign students with rich daddies?

    • Anonymous

      Not really. More like : with a loan, no accommodation through uni or nothing left elsewhere and no UK guarantor for a studio flat. 🙂

  • Hmm. Student accommodation is somewhat different to how it was when I was a student. In fact judging by those photos, it's better equipped than the flat I live in now, which I've worked 30 years to afford!

  • Anonymous

    I hope the new students respect the local area. Having a rich father in Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai or Singapore shouldn't entitle them to treat West Hampstead as a playground disrupting local hard-working residents.

    • Anonymous

      From my experience at university, the overseas students (especially those from SE Asia) were far more hardworking and diligent than their often feckless British counterparts.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for the warm welcome.

  • When you say more than most people's mortgages you were joking weren't you?

    • um, no… I know plenty of people for whom monthly mortgage payments are/would be less than renting. Obviously lots of other reasons why people can’t buy, but monthly outgoings in a low interest rate environment isn’t often cited as one. And was “many” not “most” 🙂

      Was just an observation though, I’m sure there are plenty of people paying more than £1,000 a month mortgage rates, though perhaps not for the equivalent, which would be a shared flat with lodger rent offset.