I’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!
- Download the app Drinki. It gives you a free drink everyday. Also use the code EXH
- Also download Happiour for really good discounts on really good food
- 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
- Catch the tube after 9:30. Stand outside the barrier until then. Save ya pennies. Believe me
- When the Old El Paso One Pan Rice Meal is on offer, BULK BUY
- If you’re going to an event, find it on Facebook and see if there’s a guest list you can get on
- Don’t catch the tube everywhere
- Download YPlan for (usually really cheap!) things to do in London
- If you want your hair cut for free, make good friends with a trainee
- Don’t go out out in Central London on a Friday
- Uberpool, if you have to
- 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
- Most museums in London are free!
- I live in Zone 3, but I can walk to Zone 2 for travel. It makes a difference
- Work somewhere you can walk to and take food with you!!!!!
- …then take on as many shifts as you can (It’s a sweet feeling knowing you’re earning money instead of spending)
- Make the most of all the free things in London!!!!!!! Markets (free testers), parks, the Sky Garden…
- 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
- Find launch parties where there’s free food, drink and good music
- Look on Twitter for free gig tickets when artists launch new albums
- Rough Trade!
- iTunes festival in September (free gigs every night? errrr yes)
- 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.