Spotlight on Barbican

Posted in City - London, Sights, Arts, Living at Pure

As you may already know, our Pure City student accommodation is found right in the middle of a true cultural hub of London in Barbican.

Our newest halls are ideal for anyone looking to stay at the heart of the city, and we’ve put together a short guide to explain why staying in Barbican could be the best decision you’ll make all year.

What you’ll find

Aside from the usual mix of bars, pubs and restaurants, the most obvious attraction in Barbican is the Barbican Centre, which bills itself as “Europe's largest multi-arts and conference venue”.

Indeed, it is home to the world famous London Symphony Orchestra and its programme of events is very impressive, incorporating film, theatre, music and dance from all around the world. Some exhibitions are free to attend, while stage show prices tend to start around the £15 mark.

Almost next door to this is the Museum of London, which takes you on a fascinating historical tour of the capital from pre-Roman times to the present day.

Barbican even offers a glimpse of the city’s Roman influence in the form of London Wall, fragments of which can be seen from here to Tower Hill. Originally built to form a defence around Londinium, it has gone into decline since the 18th century and the remains in Barbican are arguably some of the most impressive fragments left.


At Pure Student Living, we welcome scholars from any London university. Barbican houses some very prestigious institutions indeed, including the illustrious Guildhall School of Music and Drama, which boasts alumni including James Bond star Daniel Craig, Homeland actor Damian Lewis, Hollywood heartthrob Orlando Bloom and pop star Myleene Klass.

Cass Business School is also nearby, and is widely regarded as one of the top business universities in the world. It is part of City University London, the main campus of which is found just up the road from Pure City.

Getting there

Like most places in central London, you’re never short of transport links in Barbican. Two bus routes run directly past our halls of residence, while Barbican tube station is a short walk away and serves three lines.

Further underground routes into the centre of Barbican can be found at Moorgate, Old Street and Liverpool Street.

Want to live here?

If all this sounds like exactly what you’re looking for, you should head over the Pure City page to see the rooms we currently have available. You can also arrange a viewing if you’d like to see the place for yourself before making a decision.