Student living in East London

iQ Student Accommodation in East London

The eastern side of London is a great place to base yourself, particularly if you’re studying at Barts & London School of Medicine, Hult International Business School or Istituto Marangoni, to name just a few. Of course, iQ is found in all the best student neighbourhoods in the area – keeping your journeys to class short while ensuring there’s plenty going on nearby.

Take a look at our well-equipped locations – and find out more about what happens around the area – in our guide to life in East London.

A great part of the city

East London is home to London's most creative, culture-hungry communities. You'll feel it all around you, your surroundings packed with intriguing art spaces, digital start-ups and inventive eateries. The city's coolest cafes and most talked-about nightlife also keep East London buzzing 24/7.

Here are just a few of our favourite East London hangouts. Maybe they will become yours too?

BOXPARK Shoreditch

BOXPARK Shoreditch

Part street food market, part pop-up retail hub, BOXPARK hosts fashion and gift shops with an emphasis on indie brands, but it’s the casual dining that’s the main attraction. There’s everything from pies to pitta, salt beef to soft-serve ice cream at the original BOXPARK. Live music and club nights make it a great weekend destination.

Closest iQ: Hoxton (10-min walk)  

Brick Lane

Brick Lane

This iconic area is one of the trendiest districts in town, famed for its multicultural restaurants, street art and the vibrant Brick Lane Market. There’s an array of curry houses and all kinds of other foodie treats, as well as a vintage market, ten-pin bowling alley and art exhibitions at the Old Truman Brewery.

Closest iQ: Magenta House (9-min walk)

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Recalling memories of the London 2012 games, the Olympic Park has since become part of life for locals and visitors. With beautiful park spaces, the London Stadium, Velodrome and Aquatics Centre, it’s both a hive of activity and a lovely place to relax. Visit the viewing platform of the ArcelorMittal Orbit for an unrivalled view of the capital from 80m up, or slide down the world’s longest tunnel slide.

Closest iQ: Hoxton (32-min bus)

Village underground

Village Underground

This Shoreditch events space hosts everything from club nights and concerts to theatre and performance art. The setting is all part of the experience – consisting of a warehouse, Tube carriages and shipping containers given a second life to create this not-for-profit cultural hub.

Closest iQ: Shoreditch (12-min walk)

London fields lido

London Fields Lido

With its Olympic-size outdoor swimming pool, London Fields Lido is particularly popular on sunny days, with a large sun deck and a café to keep those cold drinks coming.  if you’re not yet a swimmer, you can get lessons here too.

Closest iQ: Hoxton (27-min walk)

Columbia Road Flower Market

Columbia Road Flower Market

A Sunday staple for East Londoners, the Columbia Road Flower Market makes for a lovely morning out at the weekends. Not only can you get some great bargains on plants and flowers for your room, the street is lined with cute cafés, delis, galleries and vintage stores too. An easy walk from Hoxton, Shoreditch and Brick Lane, be sure to pay it a visit.

Closest iQ: Hoxton (10-min walk)