Budget-Friendly Student Activities to Enjoy in London - Broke in London

Budget-Friendly Student Activities to Enjoy in London

Guest post by Sejal from Amberstudent

With many accredited colleges and some of the most prestigious universities in the world, London is one of the best places for students. London is a student’s heaven whether it is studying, working, or living. 

It is only a myth that exploring a place like London requires spending a fortune. Some of the best London zones have the perfect blend of rich culture, social values, hundreds of leisurely activities and amazing food, offering much to explore, even on a student’s carefully calculated budget!

London is rife with some amazing budget-friendly activities for students. Let us take a look at some of them: 

Visiting Museums 

London houses some of the most famous museums in the world. These museums are carefully curated with many historical artefacts, art, sculptures, etc. Most of these museums are public and thus offer free visits to everyone, making it a great budget-friendly activity for students. Here are some must-visit museums to visit in London: 

  • The British Museum: 50+ Galleries and object trails to explore. You can book free tours. Massive collection of souvenirs and replicas to buy from. 
  • Tate Modern Museum: One of the world’s largest modern and contemporary art museums. A whole range of art prints, books, and gifts to buy. 
  • The Natural History Museum: Carefully curated a range of specimens from different times of natural history. You can even explore virtual museum tours!  
  • The Imperial War Museum: London hosts three out of the five National Imperial War Museums. Explore the archives and research rooms for a more intimate experience. 
  • The Science Museum: Experience science more interactively and explore the secrets of the Universe! 

Photo by Gashif Rheza – Pexels.com – The Natural History Museum

Discount Cinema 

With an inherent love for great films, London offers heavy discounts on cinema tickets. The discounts can include student discounts as well as regular weekly discounts. For example, Vue Cinema offers student discounts and Super Tuesday discounts which can be combined for cheaper tickets. Barbican also offers a young person discount, offering heavy discounts to people between the ages of 14 to 25. Similarly, Prince Charles Cinema offers their members at least £2.50 off on every ticket. They also have special £1 film screenings every week! 

Attending Free Events

London is also known to be a hub of free public events. And living in London can benefit a person in finding great affordable events. These events include exhibitions, music shows, concerts, sing-backs, and performances. All you have to do is to keep an eye on the events that are taking place near your student housing and experience the ones that are free of cost. 

Going on Picnics 

London weather is known to be pleasant, and thus the culture of picnics is also very popular there. With many beautiful parks, picnics can be a fantastic way to spend your leisure time while possibly meeting new people. Some of the parks that you can visit for a picnic include: 

  • Hyde Park
  • Hampstead Heath
  • Regent’s Park
  • Brockwell Park
  • James’ Park
  • Victoria Park

So, pack up a simple picnic basket with some sandwiches and snacks and go to your nearest park for a fun afternoon in London! 

Free Walking Tours 

Another possible way to spend your free time in London is walking. With pleasant weather, you can find many people taking strolls around the city. There are even organised walking tours that can help you explore the area around you and make new friends. And the best part? Such tours are usually free, making them an excellent option for students on a budget. 

London is, hands-down, one of the best places for any university student. London perfectly balances student life and a life beyond studies embodied in parks, museums, markets, pubs, and so much more. With many fun, free activities, exploring London on a budget becomes easier than ever.