There are few cities as exciting and glamorous in the world as London so it is easy to see why so many students come to study at the many great universities found here. Being a student in the capital is an amazing experience, but you may also find that it is not particularly student budget-friendly as it can be a very expensive place to live.
With this in mind, here are a few things that you can do in London on a student budget.
The Walkie Talkie
London’s skyline is a breathtaking sight to behold but it can cost a fortune to see this from attractions like the London Eye and The Shard. A great alternative is to go up the Walkie Talkie on Fenchurch Street as this is free and provides incredible views (just be sure to book in advance). The best time to stop by is just before sunset as then you get the see in the Capital at day and night. They also have a lovely cafe right at the very top! Also, as you might imagine the security process can take a long time so make sure you account for that when visiting.
Explore the Surrounding Areas
There are also many fantastic areas slightly outside the capital to explore which can be much more affordable and provide a nice escape when the busy nature of London becomes a bit much. Stevenage is a lovely town found just north of the capital and you can find affordable train tickets travelling to Stevenage from Finsbury Park which can make it cheap and easy to get out and explore. They also have some amazing stops for a delicious carvery, so worth a Sunday trip!
You are spoilt for choice when it comes to museums in London and many of these are free. A few of the best museums to check out during your time here include:
- The Natural History Museum
- The Science Museum
- The Imperial War Museum
- The V&A
- The British Museum
Most of the museums are free, although some include exhibitions that need to be paid for. They are worth a look if you have some spare time! My personal favourite is the Science Museum, it is awesome and very interactive.
London’s nightlife is world-famous and a major reason why students come to the capital. Unfortunately, if you are having a night out in central London then it could be easy to spend an entire term’s budget as it can be incredibly expensive in certain areas. There are more affordable places to drink outside central London, though, and many places have happy hours which can be a great way to save money. One thing to consider when experiencing London’s nightlife is transport to the venue and home again, many tubes lines do not run throughout the night but the buses are 24/7. Although, please make sure that you party responsibly and always have a plan in place!
London is also home to many beautiful parks which can provide a nice peaceful space away from the busy streets. These are great places for socialising with friends, playing games, walking/cycling, enjoying a picnic, etc. A few of the most popular spots include:
- Hyde Park
- Hampstead Heath
- Regent’s Park
- Brockwell Park
- James’ Park
- Victoria Park
The boating lake in Hyde Park is particularly stunning or James’ Park for a view of Buckingham Palace and to feed the ducks. They are both some of my absolute favourite spots in London as well as Primrose Hill for an incredible view of the city.
London is a great place to study with many top universities, but it can also be an expensive place for a student. There are plenty of good student budget-friendly ways to enjoy the capital, though, with these being just a few ideas. If you’d like to read more about London on a student budget then check out my student guide here.
***Disclaimer: this post is in collaboration.
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