Being a Student in London (survival guide 101)

Untitled-2I’m in my final term of my second year and I’ve lived in London now a year and a half……ish. I haven’t quite mastered separating my colours when I wash my clothes or making a decent meal, however I have worked out how to get food for free and how to save 50p on the tube. So I think it’s clear to see who the real winner is here. Kinda.

I suppose what I’m trying to say is that you can live in London and completely make the most of it without having money. If I’m honest, I work as much as I can and save as much of it as possible which has helped…but I also live by the minimum but comfortably. If that makes sense? I know that I have one more year living comfortably in London where I can work, have my loan, not pay tax and I really want to make the most of it. Let me know if you’ve got an tips/apps I should download and I’ll add them to the list too!

  1. Download the app Drinki. It gives you a free drink everyday. Also use the code EXH
  2. Also download Happiour for really good discounts on really good food
  3. Stock up on breakfast bars, hula hoops and bananas and if worst comes to worst you can live on those for a couple of days
  4. Catch the tube after 9:30. Stand outside the barrier until then. Save ya pennies. Believe me
  5. When the Old El Paso One Pan Rice Meal is on offer, BULK BUY
  6. If you’re going to an event, find it on Facebook and see if there’s a guest list you can get on
  7. Don’t catch the tube everywhere
  8. Download YPlan for (usually really cheap!) things to do in London
  9. If you want your hair cut for free, make good friends with a trainee
  10. Don’t go out out in Central London on a Friday
  11. Uberpool, if you have to
  12. If you can, see if you can live in a ‘normal’ area of London by normal supermarkets like Morrisons instead of fancy gourmet bread shops – you know
  13. Most museums in London are free!
  14. I live in Zone 3, but I can walk to Zone 2 for travel. It makes a difference
  15. Work somewhere you can walk to and take food with you!!!!!
  16. …then take on as many shifts as you can (It’s a sweet feeling knowing you’re earning money instead of spending)
  17. Make the most of all the free things in London!!!!!!! Markets (free testers), parks, the Sky Garden…
  18. If you want to see a musical, book the cheapest tickets on a weird day like a Tuesday afternoon direct from the musical website and you’ll probably get upgraded
  19. Find launch parties where there’s free food, drink and good music
  20. Look on Twitter for free gig tickets when artists launch new albums
  21. Rough Trade!
  22. iTunes festival in September (free gigs every night? errrr yes)
  23. Find opening nights for restaurants for cheaper food!

PLZ NOTE: There is ALWAYS money available if the ice cream man stops outside the house tho

Uni is intense but really good fun at the moment. I like it. Lots of work. Forgotten what day of the week it is.

now playing: get to heaven everything everything/david laura marling/wildest moments jessie ware/feeling alright warpaint/stage or screen unknown mortal orchestra


  1. Emily Pearman 29th April 2016 / 7:15 pm

    i am totally start doing some of these things, im so awful with my money! i like the sound of some free drinks too!

  2. Laura | Style and Sushi 30th April 2016 / 9:22 pm

    Ok, so when I’m in London next, do we get to go to museums and stuff for free? I miss youuu Ellie!!!

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