If you're a parent looking for student accommodation for your offspring, you might have the TV sitcoms The Young Ones and Fresh Meat in the back of your mind.

Student digs and tales of undergraduates have long been great fodder for scriptwriters but such shows don't always paint a positive picture of student accommodation.

While halls of residence can be limited in supply, the private rental sector is increasingly filling the gap in the student accommodation market.

Starting your search with a respected lettings agency is a great way to ensure your studious son or daughter has a safe, professionally-managed property in which to live.

As the new academic years draws closer, London Residential has produced a guide to student lettings and the key areas in North West London that make an ideal base for undergraduates.