Where to get the Essentials near campus

by Megan Griffiths
19 September 2016

Moving to a new area can be daunting; and moving to London to study at university isn’t any different. However, knowing where to find the essentials can really help the process.

As Roehampton is a campus university, you can find most things you need onsite. For example, the Student Medical Centre (SMC) is located on Froebel College and is accessible to all students. It is open from 9:00am to 4:30pm on weekdays, and offers a full NHS general practice service. There is also a small shop on Digby Square; this shop stocks sweets, snacks, beers, ciders, wines, spirits, hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, bread, milk and other basic groceries. In addition there is a selection of toiletries, medical and stationary items available, including stamps.

However, if you want to escape the ‘Roehampton bubble’, there are also many shops in the surrounding areas. You can take the 265 (towards Tolworth) from the University gates straight to the massive, 24hr ASDA (the journey takes around 7 minutes and the bus runs very frequently), which makes the weekly food shop very easy! However, if you don’t fancy a trip out, you can always get your shopping delivered to your halls. The minimum spend is usually around £40, so you may choose to share the delivery with a friend. However, if you just want some basic groceries, or food to go, you can walk to Danbury Avenue. This takes roughly eight minutes from Froebel, and around 15 minutes from Southlands (and is a stone’s throw from Whitelands!).  Here you will find a Co-Op, a Subway sandwich shop, a fish and chip shop, a laundrette, a hardware shop, a post office and a fruit stall. There is also lovely pub and selection of takeaways on Roehampton High Street.

For clothes shopping, restaurants, barbers, hairdressers and beauticians, Putney and Kingston are the places to visit. You can get the 265 or 85 (towards Putney Bridge) to go into Putney. Putney is smaller than Kingston, however it is closer to the university and is a lovely place to visit, being right on the river. Kingston (also by the river!) has a larger shopping centre and may be more useful if you are looking for something specific. It is also useful to know that many shops in Putney and Kingston offer student discounts, so look out for these! There is affordable parking in Kingston; however the 85 bus (towards Kingston) will take you to Kingston in around 20/25 minutes. The 85 bus stop is conveniently located between Roehampton Lane and Whitelands College – just in front of the Shell/ Little Waitrose garage.

Between the vast, beautiful campus, and all that south west London has to offer, all of your needs will be met, leaving you prepared for settling into to university life. However, if that isn’t enough, remember, only a short walk down from main campus is Barnes station where you can hop on a train and be in Waterloo in little more than 20 minutes #winning.


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