A student on our Medipathways Foundation or Medipathways Pre-Med course is lucky enough to be studying in London; one of the largest and most diverse cities in the world. The city has so much to offer, and many people don’t get the time to have a proper good look around quite like a student does.
There’s so much to do, but the nature of a strapped-for-cash student life makes it more difficult. Here’s a few tips on how to save some money and make the most of living in the city.
- If you’re confident on a bike, use it to cycle around the city. You’ll need good road sense and a good lock, but it’ll save you money on trains and buses, and it’s good for you! Alternatively, get a student Oyster card; for a fiver you’ll get 30% off all travel cards and bus passes, and can be used as a regular Oyster card too. You’ll need to send off the form with a stamp from the university, a passport photo and a fiver. Sorted.
- Sign up to University of London Union’s (ULU), get yourself an NUS card and a Yellow card for SCREAM pubs. You wont have to pay full price for most things during your time at university. Make sure to keep an eye out for student nights, NUS discounts and ULU social events. Sign up to Unidays as well, and you’ll get discounts online.
- Supermarkets, especially the little ones, sell things really cheap right before they close. Fancy a late night snack? Head to Tesco’s Metro and see what they’ve got. Otherwise try to stick to things on special offer and buy whatever you can from markets. Independent pizza restaurants often do really good meal deals if you’re with a group of friends and you all want to chip in a bit. Don’t forget you can get a free cheese burger or McFlurry from McDonalds with a student ID!
- Your student ID or NUS card will get you in most clubs cheap on a student night, with cut-price drinks and food. You can also get discounts at lots of high street shops such as New Look and Schuh, who even have special student events where you’ll get up to 20% off. You can get half price cinema tickets with Orange Wednesdays, and Domino’s and Pizza Hut do 2 for 1 deals on a Tuesday.
When you study in London make sure you do get a taste of everything that’s available to you, by saving the money where you can it makes it easier to spend money on other things. Go and see the tourist attractions of London; all the big sites, theatres and museums, and maybe visit some surrounding areas if you get the time. Brighton is only down the road and it makes an excellent day/night out!