A neighbourhood in the south east of London, New Cross is distinct for its knot of transport infrastructure and the large road passing through the centre of it. This aside, there’s a real buzz about the district and its very much considered an ‘up and coming’ area of the city.

New Cross is home to several homestay host families and properties, and HFS London have the best of them on their books. Keep reading to see if New Cross is the right place for you to base yourself for your stay in the capital.

Where is New Cross located?

New Cross is in south London, less than 5 miles south of Charing Cross, with an SE14 postcode. Just south of the river, it sits at the centre of the Peckham-Camberwell-Deptford triangle and this whole area is slowly but surely becoming trendier with more on and to see and do every week. St John’s is directly to the east, Brockley to the south and Nunhead to the west.

What’s the typical accommodation type in New Cross?

There’s lots of large houses in New Cross, and traffic noise from the A2 means that prices are a little lower than surrounding areas. Property is a real mix of detached, semi-detached and terraced houses, with flats and apartments available above shops, restaurants and retail spaces. Most residents of New Cross rent their homes rather than buy, and house shares are common.

How safe is New Cross?

New Cross is considered a safe area of London to live and spend time in – the most danger here comes as a result of the heavy traffic levels, so be careful crossing the roads! The population here is primarily students and young professionals, so even at night you’ll find plenty of other people around and needn’t feel isolated or alone.

What type of people live in New Cross?

New Cross attracts quite a young population; many young professionals and students flock here for the spacious houses and the proximity to some of the city’s top universities (e.g Goldsmiths’s) and colleges. There are also still families living in the big houses that haven’t been split into flats or house shares, and several of these offer homestays to make some extra money out of their spare bedrooms. Schools are good here, so families with children find New Cross the ideal base for capital living.

The residents’ young demographic for the most part results in quite a creative and ‘happening’ vibe. Residents of note that fit this bracket include the bands Blur and Bloc Party, Steve Wright, Princess Beatrice of York, Damien Hirst and Gary Oldman.

What transport links does New Cross offer?

There’s no missing it – the big A2 road splits right through the middle of New Cross and is a major route in and out of the capital. For public transport, New Cross is served by two rail stations; New Cross and New Cross Gate. Both serve the London Underground and both are on the mainline. New Cross services mainline rail with Southeastern, running from Charing Cross or Cannon Street all the way south to Dartford in Kent. New Cross Gate hosts services by Southern, north to London Bridge and south to Victoria, East Croydon, Gatwick Airport and Sussex.

The road infrastructure here lends itself nicely to a range of bus and coach services, and you’ll never be far from a black cab or minicab, should you need one.

What is there to do in New Cross?

New Cross is tipped for greatness, and the ‘buzz’ around the place is growing all the time. You may need to cross the road to find attractions and amenities, but you don’t need to venture out of New Cross for plenty to do!

London Eye SkySpent time in the great outdoors at Telegraph Hill Park

This beautiful outdoor green space offers great views, tennis courts available for hire, a skate park (perfect for spectating if not skating yourself!) and a café for refreshments. In the spring and summer, you’ll find a range of free outdoor events and entertainment happening here, so the space works great for day to night hang-outs.

Take in some culture at the Albany Theatre

The Albany Theatre dates back to the 1800s and since the 1970s, has acted as a performing arts centre and hosts a range of theatre, music, spoken word, comedy and dance. The programming here is diverse, so it’s likely you’ll be able to see something you haven’t before. Check online for event listings and ticket details.

Homestay in New Cross

If you are an international student, intern or professional looking for homestay (“host family”) accommodation in New Cross or close by, we would love to hear from you. Similarly, if you have a spare room in your New Cross home and are interested in hosting international students, please do get in touch.