London Living with an Alternative Twist!

A Student’s Guide to London *


London is bursting with students and with around 40 universities, it is no wonder so many UK and international students choose London as their student city. From choosing a university to travelling the city, here is a quick student guide to this capital city.

Choosing a University

No matter what you choose to study, there is a university in London to suit your educational needs. Westminster is home to some exceptional universities, including LSE and the University of Westminster. If you want to study social sciences or you’re into crunching numbers, LSE may be up your street. For those students looking to break into industries, the University of Westminster Courses include architecture, fashion, law, and film. Sites like Uni Compare allow students to compare the best universities in London and view University of Westminster Courses, to see what each university has to offer.

Cost of Living

The first thing you’ll need to do is to find a student home in London! Companies like hybr are focused on supporting our young renters so they could be a great place to start your search. Not only are they free to use, but they offer round-the-clock customer support to ensure young renters have a great rental experience.

As London is the capital, it goes without saying that to live here is more expensive than the rest of the UK, with the average cost of a pint being over £6. Many students either save up and splurge out on nights out, or have their own student parties in the comfort of their student digs. Don’t let the price of living put you off though, as there are plenty of student deals and free things to do (see below). Luckily, those who study in London also get a higher maintenance loan to cover the extra rent. London is also filled with job opportunities for students needing an extra income, and there are many freelance bar and waitressing jobs available, with companies such as Syft.


London is well-known for its transport links, meaning no matter what borough you decide to live in, you can easily get around and see the city. This also provides more options in places to live, but be sure to factor in the cost of travel before choosing a student home, as it may be just as worthwhile spending more on rent and being closer to your campus. Any student living in London should get an Oyster card. An Oyster card gives students 30% off their ticket when travelling certain routes, so check your eligibility before travel. You can also choose to link your rail card to your Oyster card if you have one. Both of these will save you cash on London travel.

Things to Do

Being a student in London offers many exciting opportunities. London is home to the best museums, most with free entry. On a warm summer’s day, consider heading to one of the local parks for plenty of free entertainment. For those looking for the alternative scene, East London is the place to be. With eclectic street art and a range of vintage fashion stores, this is a fantastic place to explore. Many London bars host Happy Hour, so be sure to do your research before going for a drink with your new housemates.

With people from every background and plenty to see and do, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to living it up in London.

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