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Living in London

How to Live in London on a Budget

By PaulineComms 03 Feb 2024

Amidst the excitement of living in London, the city's reputation for being one of the most expensive places to live can be quite daunting.. Fear not, as we've crafted a guide to help you navigate the bustling streets of London while keeping your budget intact! From savvy transportation choices to wallet-friendly dining options, this blog post unveils the secrets to living in the heart of the UK!

Tip 1: Enjoy a walk whenever you can!

Navigate London on your own two feet! Skip the buses, taxis, and the underground – revel in the simplicity of walking to fully immerse yourself in the student life experience. Walking doesn't just save you money; it's entirely free, giving you extra cash for your social life, groceries, and daily essentials. London's vastness may seem daunting, but it's a chance to prioritize and decide when public transport is truly necessary. Besides the financial perks, walking lets you absorb the city's beauty and culture. Picture strolling past Big Ben and Westminster Abbey on your way to lectures – a picturesque commute that beats any other.

P.S. If you're health-conscious, cycling is a cost-free option, but remember, buying a bike may offset the savings compared to traditional transport!

Tip 2: Always ask if there is a student discount!

Get acquainted with student discounts – your ultimate companion throughout university life. Almost every shop, café, or store you step into will likely offer something at a discounted rate. This isn't just a money-saver; it's a lifeline that lightens your living expenses, granting you more freedom to indulge in activities you love.

Pro tip: Don't forget to explore student discount platforms like UNiDAYS or simply ask at the counter if there's any special deal for students. Your student ID is your golden ticket to savings!

Tip 3: Find a part-time job!

While the tips in this guide have centered around saving the money you currently have, another effective way to keep the funds flowing is by securing a part-time job!

Part-time gigs come in various forms, from bar work and barista positions to receptionist or front-of-house roles. Check out platforms like Indeed or Linkedin Jobs for the latest postings and send over your CV.

Balancing university commitments with part-time employment showcases an admirable trait to future employers. Many companies value candidates who can juggle academic responsibilities with work, making it a valuable addition to your resume

Tip 4: Dive into Savings and Sustainability with Too Good To Go App

Maximize your budget in London by using the Too Good To Go app. Discover local eateries offering discounted "Magic Bags" filled with surplus but perfectly good food. Download the app, explore nearby options, and enjoy delicious meals at a fraction of the cost. It's a win-win for your wallet and the environment, making your student life in London both affordable and eco-friendly!

Written by Lauren
Lilian Knowles House resident