Situated along the banks of the River Thames, Waterloo is a great place to move to. It’s got plenty of attractions close by, not to mention transport links across the city and beyond. There’s also a great selection of property styles to choose from.
If you’re thinking of renting a home in Waterloo, here’s some useful information for you.
If ease of commuting is a priority, start your search in the area surrounding Waterloo Station. This is a great place to be situated regardless of where you work, as there are connecting lines to all parts of the city. Look for properties just off the Waterloo Road (for example, around Webber Row or Mitre Road), as these are only a short stroll away.
Properties that are further away from Waterloo Station may be slightly cheaper – remember to ask your letting agent how long it’ll take to walk there each morning. Alternatively, Southwark Station is just a few roads away from Waterloo Station, as is Lambeth North Station (in the other direction).
Search for amenities
A lot of the major attractions (such as the London Eye, SEA LIFE aquarium and the IMAX cinema) are close to the banks of the Thames. If you’re keen to live near them, be prepared to pay a little more in rent.
Alternatively, look out for properties that are situated close to supermarkets, pubs or useful local businesses. Again, your letting agent will be able to tell you where these are.
What sort of property?
There are a lot of different property styles on the market, with something to appeal to everyone. Even better, it’s a rather overlooked area, which means competition isn’t as stiff as it is in other locations.
Apartments are sought-after, especially those with views of the river. Peninsula Heights and Salamanca Square are both good examples of modern apartment blocks which have been fitted out to a very high standard.
Alternatively, if you prefer period properties, explore the streets away from the Thames. There you’ll find a good range of Victorian or Georgian terraces, and some attractive railway cottages too.
Another option is New Elizabeth House – a major regeneration project that’s situated right next to Waterloo Station. If you’re looking for a convenient commute, it doesn’t get much better than this.
If you like to have some nature on your doorstep, we recommend focusing your search close to Jubilee Gardens, which you’ll find right next to the London Eye. If the prices are slightly too high in this area, there’s also Archbishop’s Park (also close to the river) or the attractive green area surrounding the Imperial War Museum.
Lastly, if you love going to the theatre, then you’ve got some great choices in Waterloo. The Old Vic and Young Vic are both in the area, and both run highly regarded productions throughout the year. Mature students will also be interested to know that London South Bank University is close by.