Colindale Area Guide for Students

The Stay Club’s Colindale area guide has been created with the aim of exploring the convenience of the area for student life. Let us guide you through the great things to do and the unique character of Colindale!

Away from the hustle and bustle of the city’s centre, but maintaining great connectivity, Colindale has everything from supermarkets to help you make the most of your studio’s kitchenette, to parks and eateries for your weekends. You will also find some of The Stay Club’s partners so you can enjoy meals and stay on a student budget. Keep reading to discover what student life in Colindale has to offer you…

Is Colindale a Good Place to Live?

Awesome green spaces, convenient supermarkets and eateries located just around the corner from The Stay Club. Colindale is an area that balances beautifully between the ease of student living and the perks of a modern neighbourhood.

There are plenty of things to do and see around the area. From well-known museums to popular eating destinations there are options to enjoy on weekdays, as well as your weekends! The Northern Line means speedy access to North and Central London. Middlesex University students will also be delighted to discover The Stay Club Colindale is a 10-minute bike ride from the university’s campus. The fact that there are cool things to do near Colindale, like Brent Cross Shopping Centre’s many stores and popular chains, is just an added plus!


A Brief History of the Colindale Area

The area remained without buildings, aside from few exceptions of houses and cottages, until the 20th century. That is when Colindale began to grow. The British Museum’s depository for newspaper collection and Hendon Aerodrome and Police College where constructed around the time when Colindale developed. The fact that the Royal Air Force started flying from Hendon Aerodrome was important for the area that today houses the RAF Museum! Recently, Colindale has been under redevelopment, with new homes in the Beaufort Park and surrounding areas!

Things to do in Colindale

Have you found yourself wandering, “is Colindale a good area to live in”? Then you’re at the right place! We have researched some of the need-to-know aspects of living in the area, so you can get a feel for it. We have also done a round up with some of the top things to do in Colindale. So, keep reading to learn more about its lifestyle, the attractions and discover the conclusion of our Colindale area review!

Attractions in Colindale

In a modern, up and coming area of London, The Stay Club Colindale offers a living experience away from the hustle and bustle of the city center. The perks don’t stop there though! There is a number of attractions that will keep you occupied when living in the area and the shining star is the Royal Air Force Museum. The museum’s establishment in 1972 made sense given the area’s history, and its wonderful selection of exhibits offers a fascinating experience.

The lovely Silkstream Park is another attraction that brings visitors closer to nature with the wildflower plantings and lovely walking paths to enjoy on a Saturday morning. If your idea of attraction revolves around food, then you may be interested to know that Bang Bang Oriental boasts “the widest range of specialist restaurants in the whole of the UK”, as their website will tell you!

Restaurants in Colindale

For those that appreciate a good bite in the area they live in, Colindale is one of the places where you can find different tastes. Enjoy great brunch accompanied by coffee, just around the corner from The Stay Club Colindale. ITJL offers a varied menu with a range of options from fish and chips to grilled chicken kebab. There is also a cool discount for The Stay Club’s residents.

Neighbouring Spaccanapoli is also one of our The Stay Club’s partners, with a range of Italian dishes and a specialty on pizzas! Traditional pub menus can be found around the area. You can enjoy anything from burgers to Sunday Roast in places like Chandos Arms. Although the list of restaurants in Colindale is extensive, it’s not possible to skip a mention of Bang Bang Oriental, a food hall that offers a wide range of Asian restaurants to try out, and a popular destination for Londoners.

Clubs and Bars in Colindale

The lifestyle scene in Colindale isn’t limited to restaurants with delicious menus. It also has a lovely list of destinations to grab a beer or cocktail. Chandos Arms, an award-winning pub is just a six-minute walk from The Stay Club Colindale. Cielo Prlr is another place you’re bound to bump into as soon as you walk outside of our residence. It will treat you to a drinks’ menu complete with signature cocktails.

But if you would like to dive into North West London’s nightlife and its highlights, it’s probably time you had a look at our guide of the best pubs and bars in the wider area.

Transport in Colindale

Colindale benefits from easy access to most of North London, as well as parts of Central London! A variety of bus stops accommodate North London areas among others, and they can be found on Edgware Road (a short walk from our residence). There are also some located outside of the area’s main tube station.

The Colindale tube station is situated less than a minute from The Stay Club Colindale’s entrance, and it will take you to beautiful Primrose Hill and popular Camden Town in 16 minutes! From Camden Town onwards, the Northern Line provides access to a variety of Central London areas and stations. At Euston and King’s Cross stations you can hop on national and international trains. You also have access to links for a number of other tube and overground lines.

On the Northern Line, you can either move via the Charing Cross branch and discover vibrant Leicester Square and quirky Covent Garden, or end up at one end of Oxford Street by reaching Tottenham Court Road. The Bank branch of the Northern Line will take you to the heart of artistic East London through Old Street, or to the cute neighbourhood of Angel. There, you can easily take the towpath and explore Regent’s Canal.

Colindale’s easy access to the Northern Line means great connectivity with Central London even during weekends, as the Northern Line offers a 24-hour service on Fridays and Saturdays, accommodating your student nights out!

Open Spaces in Colindale

Whether taking a walk is frequent for you, or if morning jogs are part of your daily routine, then you’ll be glad to discover Colindale has a number of open spaces! From the moment you exit Colindale tube station you will come across Colindale Park, a lovely neighbourhood space. A short walk from there is Rushgrove Park, a wonderful park filled with trees and boasting basketball and tennis courts. Its walking paths are also great for those that want a break surrounded by greenery!

Silkstream Park sits on the opposite side of the Colindale area, close to Burnt Oak tube station and offers surroundings filled with greenery, and a silkstream complete with bridges and wildflower planting to browse through. The park is ideal for a relaxing weekend picknick, or a calming walk to rid yourself of the week’s stress.


Regardless if you are a university student or a young professional, the Colindale area has something for you! With a number of amenities, including convenient supermarkets, restaurants and take away options as well as independent cafés, your day to day routine is made easier.

The green spaces and attractions in Colindale make this neighbourhood all the more interesting, while there is a selection of partners in the area to keep you on a budget. The Stay Club’s quirky social areas, ensuite studios flaunting individual kitchenettes and 24/7 reception are bound to add to that experience.

Explore The Stay Club Colindale now.

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