Get The Most Out of London on Your Student Budget

London has a huge amount to offer, and you don’t have to be rich to get the most from your stay. I have some tips to help you stick to your budget and still experience everything that the UK capital has to offer. 

If you’ve chosen to study abroad in London, student accommodation, travel costs, food and activities are all things you will have to budget for. Here are a few of the ways I keep track of my spending.

Choosing Your Accommodation

Before you book your London student accommodation, think about what best suits your budget. A Hall of Residence in Zone 1 might seem an expensive option, but paying a higher price for this location could reduce your transport costs. Alternatively, if you opt for a less costly homestay in Zone 4, you will need to increase the size of your budget for travel to and from your classes.

My tip is to get in touch with the team at Britannia for some expert advice on which London student accommodation option will suit your budget best. I found them to be extremely helpful and knowledgeable when it came to choosing the right housing option for me when I chose to study abroad in London.

Student Perks

One of the great things about being a student in London is that you have access to lots of discounts with a student card. Whether it’s 25% off a meal at restaurant chain Prezzo, 20% off makeup at Boots or 10% off sportswear at Kit Locker, these savings can really add up.

I would recommend visiting the Student Beans website to browse the offers, or download their app to your phone. I was lucky enough to get a special ticket to see School of Rock the Musical for just £15 through this website, which made the treat even more special!


You could get a Student Oyster Card, which gives you a 30% discount on Travelcards. It’s a good idea to check with your agency or your school if you’re eligible. Another useful tip is to travel on public transport outside of peak times. If you can, avoid the tube between 6.30am-9.30am and 4pm-7pm during weekdays and you’ll save a surprising amount of money.

A bus fare is always the same price – £1.50 per journey – wherever you are and for however long you travel, so I would recommend jumping on an iconic London double decker bus as much as possible. It’s also a great way to see more of the city as it passes by.

More Ways to Save

There are a few other tips that help me stick to my budget when I study abroad in London:

  • Make your own lunches (and dinners, if you have access to a kitchen) rather than eating out at restaurants for every meal.
  • Shop at supermarkets such as Lidl and Aldi to find the best prices for groceries.
  • Take advantage of the world-class museums that London has to offer, such as the British Museum, Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Tate Modern… they’re all free!

Take a look at this blog post  to discover some of the free attractions within walking distance of Britannia South Bank.

I know you’ll be having a fantastic time here, and it can be easy to lose track of your spending. However, if you follow these simple suggestions you can make sure that you enjoy your time studying in London without having to worry about running out of money. 

Are You Having Difficulty Choosing The Right Student Accommodation For You?

Finding London student accommodation to suit your budget while you study abroad is easy when you use Britannia Student Services. We can match you with your perfect accommodation solution to make sure that you have a happy and affordable stay in London. To find out more, contact our friendly team.

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