Students looking for university digs to study, sleep and party in don't usually expect sweeping views of London's skyline, but there are plenty of properties offering just that in the capital.
Student buildings with rooftops are always the first to be snapped up, according to accommodation marketplace Student.com, which has rounded up the most stylish pads that let you enjoy London in all its glory, from all angles.
Rooms with a view are pricey, but nevertheless prove popular, especially with international students willing to fork out a bit more to make the most of the city skyline for the short time they are here.
Culture-loving students with cash to splash should make a beeline for the 250-bed Chapter South Bank, which still has private en-suite rooms available for the next academic year. Prices start at an eye-watering £324 per week but this property boasts a huge roof terrace with indoor and outdoor space offering panoramic views.
Lucky residents can take in the stunning scenery whatever the weather while playing pool, watching the big-screen TVs or relaxing with friends on comfy seating in the modern social space. This property's enviable Zone 1 location puts almost any London college and university within easy reach.
On London's South Bank, Paris Gardens is an urban building mixing industrialist steel framework with natural wooden slats and a living wall, where a private room with a shared bathroom costs £260 a week. For that, you get sweeping views of the River Thames, St Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye and the Shard. Inside the bright glass-clad atrium is cool globe lighting and a giant Andy Warhol in pride of place behind reception. The communal area is decked out with trendy sofas and a pool table, while there is an on-site gym for letting off steam in after a high-pressure exam.
Students studying at King’s College, LSE and London South Bank University might be tempted by the newly-built Urbanest Westminster Bridge just a 20-minute stroll away. This state-of-the-art building offers 1,148 students five-star facilities include its own coffee shop, cinema, health club with pool, gym, sauna and exercise rooms and free-to-use Mac computers and bicycles.
It has unbeatable views over the River Thames, taking in Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye. Buckingham Palace is a stone’s throw away but you can live like royalty in private rooms in three-bed apartments with underfloor heating here for £259 weekly.
Students keen to make hip and buzzy Shoreditch their home should consider the 11-storey Scape Shoreditch for fantastic views of north London from landscaped rooftop gardens, with BBQ equipment provided for the summer months.
Expect to pay £285 per week for one of the 541 studio flats, but for that you can expect an on-site gym, a cosy curtained cinema, several entertainment rooms with games consoles and extensive communal areas. City University is just around the corner, with LSE, UCL and QMUL all a single bus or Tube ride away.
If you want to stay in the heart of east London but fancy sharing with a friend, head to Chapter Spitalfields, the third tallest student accommodation building in the world. Students pay £279 per week for a private room in a two-bed apartment with floor-to-ceiling windows, from which you can gaze out over Tower Bridge, the Shard or the Olympic Stadium. Once you’re done studying, hit the 24-hour onsite gym, hang out in the games room or catch up with friends over coffee in the cafe. The perfect base for any student, Liverpool Street station with its tube and train links is just across the road.
The only danger with shacking up in one of these student properties, other than the damage to your bank balance, is that it will be hard to wrench yourself away for lectures.