Moving to a new city for university can be daunting at the best of times. Not only do you need to get to know the ins and outs of the university, you need to live and breathe the city itself.

The trick is to embrace the city, immerse yourself in the local goings on and hopefully enjoy as much of it as possible before the end of your degree.

One city which can be extra daunting (unless you already live there) is of course London. It is bigger than any other city in the UK and has so many different areas which may or may not interest students.

One area which will no doubt be of huge interest to many new students will be Shoreditch. The emerging new cultural epicentre, Shoreditch is vibrant, colourful and full of bars, clubs, restaurants and shops that an increasing number of people flock from all over to experience.

If it is somewhere you are keen to check out but know little about it, fear not. Here at Splitrent, leading providers of rooms to rent in London, we have a feel for this sort of thing, so check out our recommendations below.


Shoreditch’s hipster sensibilities are no more apparent than when you choose to go shopping there. If you are looking for a high street full of recognisable chains, then this probably isn’t the best place for you.

Shoreditch instead is essentially an assortment of brilliant vintage shops, local designers, boutiques and artsy haberdasheries and emporiums.

If it’s vintage you have a taste for, then check out Brick Lane, Hanbury Street and Curtain Road which are lined with all manner of unique items at great prices. Check out Rokit, Blitz London and Paper Dress Vintage respectively which are particularly brilliant.

For Shoreditch’s unique take on the shopping centre, check out Boxpark, which is essentially a collection of refitted storage containers put together to create a retail centre.

From local designers to delicious food outlets and everything in between, Boxpark is a great deal of fun. Also look out for their events which range from live music sets to screen writing workshops.


Much like shopping in Shoreditch, if you head there expecting all the usual high street eateries to be awaiting you then you are very much mistaken, instead it’s something altogether more exciting.

Shoreditch has become very well known for its street food venders who sell vibrant, delicious meals from all around the globe for very good prices.

Aside of the regular vendors you might find lining the streets of Hoxton for example, there are a number of food markets which are the perfect place to find all of the best vendors in one place.

If street food is something you’re keen to try out, then head down to either Pump Shoreditch which runs every day of the week from 11am-11pm, Dinerama which is open Thursday to Saturday or Urban Food Fest which is open every Saturday.

If you prefer a nice café or restaurant, then thankfully there are plenty of those too. In terms of cafés there is of course the well known Cereal Killer Café (which sells far more than cereal).

Aside of that there is Look Mum No Hands! Aida Shoreditch, Paper & Cup among many others. Check this list from Made in Shoreditch if if these don’t quite feed your coffee hunger.

If you’re in the market for restaurants which are both delicious and most importantly cheap, look no further than Vietnamese eatery Song Que, Open Kitchen (run by students,, therefore super cheap),  Due Sardi, Nincomsoup, Voodoo Rays or Mexican Express. 


The big attraction for the majority of students is of course the nightlife of any area. Shoreditch not dissimilar to Soho, has a very diverse nightlife, so no matter your taste, you should be able to find something you enjoy.

If your idea of a great night is getting your two-step on to some top drawer DJs, then XOYO is probably your best bet. Almost every night they have a line-up of great DJs playing a variety of great music.

Equally, if you like you house deep and your closing times late, check out Basing House which also manages to consistently attract some of the top DJs from around the UK and beyond.

If you fancy somewhere with a touch of class and style, check out The Hoxton Pony which has quality cocktails served in teacups, live music at least one night a week and a 2-4-1 deal on drinks before 9.

An increasing student favourite is Cargo. Aside of its consistently good DJs and live acts (check out their events), they have a student night on a Tuesday which provided you show your student card at the bar, you’ll be entitled to £1 shots and £2.50 drinks until 11pm.

If you prefer your music alternative and your entry fee cheap then check out Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen. While it is a restaurant during the day, it turns into a great club at night.

We don’t all always fancy a late one in a club though, and instead prefer to check out a couple of bars, have a polite few drinks and be able to talk to each other without shouting. If this sounds like you, thankfully there are plenty of good bars in Shoreditch too.

A perfect example of this would be Strongroom Bar & Kitchen, which has great drinks at reasonable prices, good bar food and a huge outdoor area which comes alive in the summer months.

If you fancy a bit more style to your bars then look no further than The Ten Bells. This cheap cocktail bar has a speakeasy vibe which is both charming and warm.

Another value for money cocktail establishment is The Shoreditch. Here they currently run a 2-4-1 deal which will get you two cocktails for £10 or four beers for that price, either way it’s pretty reasonable provided you get in before 8pm.

If you are a fan of sports but prefer not to find the nearest Walkabout or lager lout sports bar, check out Bar Kick. Here you can watch live sport, play table football and kick back with some well priced drinks. They also host lots of different events including stand up comedy and speed dating.

While it is great to check out all of these places individually, there is also the option of being guided around a handful of great bars and clubs by coming along to our Shoreditch bar crawl.

We take you around five bars and clubs which all include drinks discounts and a free shot in each. Being the top rated pub crawl on Trip Advisor isn’t a mistake, we know what we are doing, so come along and check it out.


If you are a student and Shoreditch is new to you, this list should fill you with all the information to go out and enjoy your time in this exciting area of the capital.