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Living in London

Wimbledon College of Arts is in southwest London. It is located near some of the UK's major film and television companies, theatres and galleries.


The college is close to the expansive green spaces of Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park yet only 15 minutes by train to central London.

Wimbledon itself has a mix of both high street and independent shops, bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants. The town has both an independent arts cinema and multiplex with Imax screen, as well as 2 theatres. The New Wimbledon Theatre welcomes large West End tours, whilst the Polka Theatre produces children's shows.

Many film and television companies, prop houses and production studios are located nearby. These include Pinewood Studios, Riverside Studios, Discovery Channel and the BBC.

Design for dance collaboration between Wimbledon College of Arts and Middlesex University students.

Where to live

UAL has 13 halls of residence in London and those closest to the college are all located in south London. The nearest halls are:

Private accommodation

Many students choose to rent privately near the college. Students live in areas such as Wimbledon, Raynes Park, Tooting and Streatham. If you need help or support while you find your new home take a look at our accommodation advice about renting privately.


Many Wimbledon students choose to live in nearby Tooting. The area is just 12 minutes cycle or 10 minutes by train from Wimbledon Chase.

At the centre of the high street, between 2 underground stations, lies Tooting Market. This vibrant indoor market is home to street food vendors and traders selling everything from fashion, music, beauty products, arts and crafts.

Popular bars and pubs include The Castle, The Antelope and Tooting Tram and Social that has live music and open mic nights.

Tooting Common houses the largest outdoor swimming pool in the United Kingdom and plays host to a range of summer events including a folk and blues music festival and outdoor cinema.

London as a resource

As a student at Wimbledon you will have London's amazing resources on your doorstep. There's a world of performing arts to explore including West End productions, opera, dance, immersive theatre experiences and live art spaces such as Tate Modern.

"There's always an industry related talk or workshop happening at the BFI or V&A Museum. There are also excellent sources for research like the Wallace Collection and archives at the Imperial War Museum and Shakespeare's Globe," says recent graduate Avni Goyal.