Whilst some of the most popular and renowned universities are found in London, unfortunately, the capital isn’t at all cheap to live in – especially if you’re a student.
So if you’re starting at a London university soon, here are a few tips to help your student loan go further…
Be Careful with Booze
We get it, a big part of being at university is spending 78% of your time being absolutely plastered. However, in London, you might just have a heart attack when you find out how much your pint of Sam Miguel costs… It’s really not kind to your wallet whatsoever. So limit yourself and find other (legal) ways to have fun with university life. And remember, if you need to drink, the party doesn’t even need to leave the dorms!
Use your Railcard
A full-time student, or anyone aged 16 – 25, can apply for those wonderful things we call Railcards. For £30 a year or £70 for three years, you can cut train journeys by a third! The best thing about this? You can still apply for the three year card even when you’re 24 – result!
Use the Boris Bikes
London’s “Boris bikes” are free if your journey is less than 30 minutes long. That’s certainly cheaper than getting the bus to uni, and you’ll be doing your body a favour too! For journeys longer than half an hour, the £45 annual membership may be well worth getting.
Textbooks cost an arm and a leg these days, but luckily for London students, there are charity shops in abundance that sell secondhand ones. Not just that, if you’ve got some decent thrifting skills, you can find a great selection of clothes, games, and DVDs.
Claim the Freebies
London might be pricey, but there are some great day activities to enjoy for the total cost of… nothing! The Science Museum, The Natural History Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum are just a select few tourist attractions that you can visit for free. And if you don’t fancy museums, London is rich with iconic landmarks and sights like Buckingham Palace and Leicester Square where you can see premiers for the biggest Hollywood films.