Student Discounts in London
Being a student in London doesn’t have to be as pricey as most would expect. With the city being extremely accommodating for students, there are piles of student deals and discounts out there just waiting to be exploited. All you’ll need is a valid student ID, like your uni card or NUS card.
Classic Student Deals
Most chains will proudly advertise their generous student discounts, enabling you to save significant pennies when you’re out treating yourself. Some of the most well known student discounts are: Yo! Sushi -25% off (when you join the Yo! Love Student Club) Giraffe – 25% off Gourmet Burger Kitchen – 40% (when you download the app and get a ‘student badge’ in-store) Apple – get products at reduced prices with Applecare cover when you show a valid student ID from a participating uni BarBurrito – 10% (be sure to join their mailing list to get free birthday burritos!) Paperchase – 10% (for those valuable stationary purchases) Krispy Kreme – (regular student discounts when you download the mobile app) Also, as a student you’re entitled to an Oyster student card, which for £5, gets you 30% off all journeys throughout the city. So if you’re going to be taking the train and tube regularly, this is definitely worth the cheap fee.
Fun & Culture
Where London really comes into its own, of course, is how easy it is to have fun on a student budget. From enjoying a bit of culture and class, to hanging out with friends at the weekend, you can do it all without worrying about the price. Most galleries and museums in London are free to visit, including the most popular British Museum, Tate and Tate Modern. There are also special student rates for attractions like the London Zoo in Regent Park and the London Eye, so always check their websites for rates and have your student ID with you to be sure. The National Theatre London offers an awesome value entry pass for under-26s, which enables you to see a limited number of shows for no more than £5. The pass is free to obtain (with valid identification) and your first ticket is free. At the same time, the Royal Opera House runs a Student Standby Scheme whereby tickets to shows are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis and cost no more than £10. You can sign up to the scheme to receive emails when spaces come up, but be quick – they normally go on sale just 24 hours before the show. Alternatively, the Barbican Theatre does its bit for students by giving free tickets to signed-up 16-25 year olds (on its in-house productions only). Or if a bit of classics music is more your thing, the London Philharmonic Orchestra offers £4 tickets for a selected number of concerts when you simply sign up to its NOISE mailing list. (It also includes £1 choir sets and £4 tickets for both London and Brighton concerts. Win!) For a cheap and cheerful night with friends, stop by the student night at the Palace Superbowl. Taking place every Monday and Tuesday, the night provides a bit of nostalgic bowling for just £2.50 a game and student snack platters for four for just £7.90. For a wilder night out, try the West End Gone Wild Bar Crawl. As a student, you get 40% off your ticket, which entitles you to free club entry, free shots and exclusive drinks deals at some of the biggest known clubs in the city.
If you don’t fancy sticking to your university gym or want to branch out a little, there are a number of cheap gym chains throughout London that offer unbeatable rates for its student clientele. One of the biggest UK gym chains is PureGym, which offers memberships from just £22.99 a month and no joining fee. There’s also no contract, so you’re free to cancel your membership if you move away, visit home for the holidays or decide it’s not for you. Another is The Gym Group, which costs upwards of £15.99 a month and gives a 50% discount on your joining fee.