Paragon is one of the stops on the free UWL shuttle bus, which will take you to the Student Village, South Ealing Station, UWL’s St. Mary’s campus, Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre, and Ealing Broadway Station. That’s links to the Piccadilly Line at South Ealing (going to Heathrow Airport as well as Hammersmith, Hyde Park Corner, Leicester Square, Kings Cross, and loads of places in between ) and the Central and District Lines at Ealing Broadway (going to Shepherd’s Bush, Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road, Liverpool Street, Stratford, and loads of other places)! You can download a bus timetable here, and check out a tube map here. Paragon is also has a bus stop across the road where you can get the 195 (between Brentford and Hayes) and the E8 (between Brentford and Ealing Broadway), and there is also a stop around the corner at St. Faith’s Church, where you can get the E2 (between Brentford and Ealing Broadway). Brentford Station (which has National Rail services to Waterloo) is just a few minutes walking distance, while Northfields and Boston Manor (both on the Piccadilly Line) are both 10-15 minutes away as well.
Across the road from Paragon is a very handy Co-operative, where you can use your NUS card to get a 10% discount (gets yours here). Walk up Boston Manor Road and just past the tube station is a Sainsbury’s Local, and just past Northfields on Northfield Avenue is another Sainsbury’s Local and a Tesco Express. Further out, if you venture into Brentford High Street there is a big Morrison’s, and if you head west onto Great West Road, you’ll find a huge Tesco Extra in Osterley.
If you’re the kind of person who can’t work when sat alone in your room, the Paragon campus itself has a great chill-out area just inside its doors, along with food and drinks in the cafeteria area. Alternatively, the UWL shuttle bus service will take you to the St. Mary’s Campus, where our BRAND NEW library is open and ready for your studying pleasure! It’s got thousands of titles to take out, computers to use, quiet study areas, and plenty of places to simply relax and have some ‘me time’!
Just around the corner from Paragon is a pub called The Globe which shows a lot of sport and has a great beer garden (you can check them out here), and further up towards Northfields Station is The Plough which hosts karaoke and live music (check them out here). The shuttle bus’ first stop (coming from Paragon) is right by a club called West 5, which UWLSU hosts frequent events at for all students, so make sure you check out our events calendar here. Ealing Broadway also has a number of pubs (and yes, there is a Wetherspoons!) and bars like Karma and Flava’s, and the nightlife of central London is only a tube ride away! Nearby areas like Kingston are also full of clubs, pubs and bars such as Viper Rooms and Pryzm (Wednesday is student night!) ready for Freshers like you!
Paragon has its own washing and tumble-drying facilities onsite, located at the back of the hub (underneath the roof garden). The card is a fiver, plus however much you want to put on the card (it’s only £2.20 for a wash and 80p for a dry). All the nearby shops stock detergent and fabric softener, just make sure you don’t mix your colours with your whites!
Ealing is blessed to have LOADS of huge green spaces – a rarity for a London borough! Boston Manor Park is just opposite Paragon, while the smaller Blondin Park is situated right around the corner. Further afield there is Gunnersbury Park, Osterley House, and the beautiful Kew Gardens, while the St’ Mary’s Campus is only a stone’s throw away from Ealing Green, Lammas Park, Walpole Park, Ealing Common, and Haven Green, all of them perfect for sports, picnics, long walks, or just lounging around!
As well as some of the best parks in London, Ealing is home to plenty of shopping areas such as Pitshanger Lane (a short ride away on the E2), while the River Brent passes right around the corner from Paragon. For history fans there’s Pitzhanger Manor and the Great War Memorial, while fans of live music can get to venues like Shepherd’s Bush Empire, the Hammersmith Apollo, and Kingston’s Hippodrome to experience loads of gigs by artists big and small! Ealing is also only a short journey on the tube away from Westfield in Shepherd’s Bush, and the 112 bus goes from Ealing Broadway to Brent Cross shopping center!
Football fans can go and watch local team Brentford FC round the corner at Braemar Road, as they try for Championship promotion for the 2015-16 season, while Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Club - whose ground we use for our own fixtures - are just a short bus ride away! Don’t forget to come watch our BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) teams in action ever Wednesday for #WarriorWednesday!
As well as plenty of fast food like McDonalds, Greggs, and Subway for when money is tight, Ealing and Brentford have plenty of pubs and restaurants that serve top-notch grub at reasonable prices too. Whether you like Italian (Santa Maria, Osterio del Portico), Thai (Fat Boys, Thai Canteen), Indian (Zayka, The Coriander Leaf), American (Tinseltown), or food from just about every country or culture, you’ll love what West London has to offer!
A lot of students and former students will swear they lived on the fine cuisine served by Sam’s Chicken, a chain around Ealing and Brentford. There’s also Chicken Cottage, Peri-Peri Chicken, Chicken Run (no, not the film!), Dallas Chicken, and of course, the home of cheeky banter: Nandos.