It’s official, St Mary’s University is located in London’s best place to live according to the Sunday Times.
Neighbouring Teddington, which is home to St Mary’s Teddington Lock Sports Campus, Naylor Library, Doctoral College and Physiotherapy and Sports Rehabilitation teaching spaces, topped the annual ranking published last weekend. Hundreds of students choose to live in Teddington every year and the high street, located just ten minutes from the University’s main campus, is a big part of the St Mary’s student experience.
Teddington beat Primrose Hill, Walhamstow, Muswell Hill and Nunhead to the top of ranking, with judges noting its community spirit, independent cafes, boutiques and its location beside the River Thames.
The Teddington Lock Sports Campus, featuring 30 acres of playing fields and pitches, is a ten mins from the main campus. It’s used by students and the local community for competitive and social sports. It is also currently host to an NHS Test and Trace centre in partnership with Richmond Council.
Teddington high street is a popular destination for students, with its restaurants, bars, cafes and shops providing excellent employment opportunities and social spaces. Students at St Mary’s are also able to take advantage of nearby Bushy Park, which is just five minutes from the high street.
The former Royal hunting ground, which borders with nearby Hampton Court Palace, is one of the main stamping grounds for the St Mary’s Endurance Performance Centre athletes and was one of Sir Mo Farah’s favourite places to train while he was based at the University. It’s not just for running however and students who want to escape to the countryside can spend hours walking around the park and enjoying the wildlife, including its famous herds of deer.