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Ali: Where I live

By AliBM 11 Feb 2018

National Student Money Week 2018 runs from Monday 12 – Friday 16 February. This year’s theme is ‘Where I live’, so we are celebrating by sharing stories from students living all across London, whether that is home, private accommodation or halls of residence. Check out more stories like this and their local money saving tips!

1. Where is your neighbourhood?

I’m currently living just next to South Wimbledon tube station. Located in South-West London at the bottom of the Northern line. This is on the boundary between Zones 3 and 4.

2. Who do you live with?

After experiencing the ‘halls life’ in my first year, I decided to move into a house with a group of 4 other friends that I met in halls and from my course. I absolutely love the fact that we have more space in the house and even more freedom than first year! It’s great as we all spend time together, as well as socialising with our other friends at University, so it’s the perfect balance.

3. What made you decide to live here while studying?

We decided to move to South Wimbledon for second year as it’s such a quick and easy commute to University.

It only takes me a 10 - 15 minute walk to get to college which is amazing! Travel can add up so fast when commuting in London, so saving the pennies and walking was a huge factor for us!

Not to mention the fact that we live just over the road from the tube station, meaning we can hop on the Northern Line and get into central very easily. 

4. What is your favourite part about the local area?

Wimbledon is surrounded by beautiful parks and places to relax when the sun comes out. Whether that’s going for a run down to Morden Park, which is such a stunning place to explore or taking a walk up to Wimbledon Village to have a look round the small boutiques and have a delicious brunch.

I love how Wimbledon feels so relaxed. Being able to spend an afternoon on the common is a great way to take your mind off university stress and have a well-earned break!   

5. Do you have any money saving tips about this area?

Saving money is always hard but I do my best to save on my food shops!

The best place to go is to this huge Lidl in Morden which is just one stop on the tube or a bus ride away.

I normally do a big two-week food shop there. We do have a Sainsbury’s and Tesco express just around the corner by the tube station but you end up spending so much more money than you need!

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AliBM is a BA (Hons) Costume Interpretation student studying at Wimbledon College of Arts.
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