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Student life in up-&-coming Walthamstow

Step off the tube in East London's Walthamstow. You’re in the heart of London, but a world away. What is this leafy wonderland, with its independent shops, artisan food and street art? It’s peaceful but vibrant. Quietly cultured. It suits you. You can have good times here, achieve great things. You may even start calling it ‘home’.

With great transport links to London Metropolitan Uni (15 mins), UCL (20 mins) and King’s College London (30 mins) as well as tonnes of other unis across the capital, a vibrant and diverse community, hundreds of independent businesses and a giant nature reserve... Walthamstow is the place to be for students in London.

And at Canvas Walthamstow, you’re in the thick of it — a few metres from the Victoria Line at Blackhorse Road tube station and a short walk from up-and-coming E17’s many great food spots, shops and open spaces.


Summer seems to have properly arrived in London (at last), and with it comes al fresco dining, sunny park picnics, open-air theatre and sun soaked Saturday afternoons spent hopping between beer gardens. Our advice? Make the most of the lovely weather by getting out and about to explore Walthamstow this summer.

There's tonnes of places to go and things to see in E17 this summer. Head down to Truman's Social Club for a packed summer schedule including Caribbean carnivals, arts and crafts sessions, ceramic fairs and film clubs... just to name a few. Or check out these Summer Events for walking tours, film festivals, pub tours, jubilee celebrations and more - it's all going on this summer.

Plus, we're offering all 22/23 Canvas Walthamstow residents a 15% discount for up to 7 weeks if you arrive early to spend summer with us.*

Here's some more of our fave things to do in Walthamstow all year round (rain or shine).


From the hustle and bustle of student living to a natural paradise of reservoirs, trees, flowers and wildlife.

In a matter of minutes (it’s 10 mins from Canvas to the Wetlands visitor centre), you can go from vibrant town to being at one with nature. It’s cliché, but this is the ideal place to get away from it all. Canvas Walthamstow Manager Carlos has actually been coming here as a space to take a walk and disconnect since before he started school (we won't disclose how long ago that was). Quiet, peaceful and beautifully scenic — a wonderful contrast to the frantic pace of London (and sometimes student) life.

At Canvas Walthamstow, we offer premium views over the wetlands so that you can enjoy the leafy scenery from the comfort of your room - plus, these views include an incredible backdrop of the city skyline to give you the best of both worlds.


You might be familiar with Box Park, but have you heard of CRATE?

CRATE is the new and improved Box Park of E17, built on the site of a disused car park on St James Street offering an exciting business community for creatives, retailers, food outlets and service businesses in the heart of Waltham Forest.

At CRATE, you'll find over 30 spaces to satisfy all your cravings and more - whether you fancy a burger, a cocktail, a hair cut, a dance or even a meeting room... they've got it all. Current CRATE residents include The Green Grill, Shee Bakes, Hanoi Cà Phê, Baggio Burger, Long and Short Coffee, The Italian Bakery, Cove17, No-LOGO Hair and Honeey. Check out the full list here


The Blackhorse Beer Mile features some of East London's most exciting drinking locations. From Signature Brew's new home for beer and music, to Exale's bohemian micro brewery, this rapidly-growing area of E17 is proving to be a new centre for some of London's best breweries.

The destination begins just 5 mins from Canvas Walthamstow and ends at Walthamstow Central tube and Overground station, making it an ideal way to spend a weekend enjoying award-winning beers in the places they were brewed. With more breweries incoming, the Blackhorse Beer Mile is set to rival South London's Bermondsey Beer Mile and is already proving itself as East London's must-visit location for craft beer drinkers.

Although the breweries on the Blackhorse Beer Mile are just a short walk from each other, we recommend spending at least an afternoon doing the route. This will allow you to enjoy beer at each of the five venues, as well as leaving ample time for food at the breweries' pop up kitchens along the way.


The William Morris Gallery is a museum devoted to the life and works of William Morris, an English Arts and Crafts designer and early socialist. The gallery is housed in Walter House, a Grade II* listed Georgian house, built in the 1740s within the grounds of Lloyd Park, Walthamstow.

The galleries are arranged thematically and centre around the internationally-significant collection of textiles, furniture, ceramics, paintings, designs and personal items connected with Morris and his associates, including the Pre-Raphaelite artists. Beautiful objects are complimented by films, audio and hands-on interactives. The displays are updated regularly, so they'll always be something new to see and do for everyone - whether you're a first time visitor or a William Morris enthusiast.

The gallery is free to enter and won the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2013 - Check out all their exhibitions coming up here


This quirky indoor market was originally built and ran as The Crown Cinema between 1912 and 1955, but now has a reputation among shoppers and antique and record collectors as one of London’s secret gems... The area has been run as a market since 1955, and owned and run by the same family since the early 80s, with ownership and responsibility passing down through the generations.

The market has found interest from artists and artisans who are seeing the potential of this niche retail space, set within a community of collectors, antique dealers, vintage clothes stalls, and many other unique shops. You'll find a costume hire shop, a shop selling items such as crystals, candles and spiritual coaching to balance your soul, a movie poster store and multiple shops selling art from local artists.

There's also plenty of food and drink to be tried, including a Mexican Taqueria: Homies on Donkeys where you'll find graffiti donning the walls, hip hop beats coming through the speakers, food full of colour and flavour, and Chef Smokey somewhere in the background cracking a joke. 


Gnome House is a community art space in Walthamstow featuring a printmaking studio, a large community and creative space available for hire, plus a pop-up cafe. The space is a formerly derelict factory and it's transformation into a vibrant community arts space was led by local Walthamstow residents and artists.

The community space holds a lot of adult classes and events including art courses, printmaking, virtual sessions and more. 

Putting young people first is a priority for Gnome House as one of their most renowned schemes is their Ratpack youth group. The Ratpack meet on Saturdays to take part in a variety of different creative activities - from printmaking to gardening. The young people also act as a steering comittee, helping to shape the future vision for Gnome house and decide what kind of place they'd like to be. If you'd like to get involved, you can find out more about the Gnome House Ratpack here.


When it’s a space tailored to your lifestyle. When it’s home to live in, with all the comforts you need to study and relax, map your dreams and plot your schemes. When it’s a community to feel safe in, with all the support and facilities you need to live well and be social, feed your soul and accomplish goals. When it’s a Canvas, you can truly make your mark.

With modern, furnished en suites and studios covering a range of budgets and available on a variety of contracts, choosing a room at Canvas Walthamstow couldn’t be easier. You can also select if you’d like a lower, mid, upper or penthouse level room, and even if you’d like a view of the London skyline.

Our Canvas locations offer all-inclusive bills, round-the-clock security, unrivalled facilities and friendly social spaces to make sure you get the most out of student life in Walthamstow. 
Don't forget, we're offering all 22/23 Canvas Walthamstow residents a 15% discount for up to 7 weeks if you arrive early for summer.* Chat to our team for more details on finding the perfect room type or to find out more about life as a student in Walthamstow this summer.

Got any other recommendations for a student bucket list in Walthamstow? Let us know @canvas_studentuk.

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