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London on a shoestring

Living in London on a student shoestring

London isn’t the cheapest city for students, and by now you’re probably feeling the pinch on your finances. Being short on funds is never fun, but you don’t need to let your cash-strapped ways stop you having a good time in England’s capital. There are countless free activities to try in London that even the poorest student can enjoy, so what are you waiting for? Get out there and experience the city!

Boris bike around Hyde Park

London mayor Boris Johnson isn’t always brimming with good ideas, but the rental bicycles scattered around the city, affectionately known as ‘Boris Bikes’, are notable exceptions. For just £2 you can borrow one of these sturdy little bikes and cycle anywhere you like in the city, with additional costs based on how long you use it for. What better way to enjoy the beautiful, open, green spaces of places like Hyde Park?

Visit a museum

Thanks to generous donations, government and lottery funding, the vast majority of London’s museums and galleries are free to visit. Why not expand your mind and discover the mysteries of biology and evolution at the Natural History Museum or fuel your appreciation for modern art with a trip to the Tate Modern? You could even do more than one in a day – why not, it’s free after all!

Check out a free gig

Not all of London’s free activities are educational, though! London has a rich musical history and a buzzing contemporary live music scene. Best of all, many of London’s gigs can be enjoyed for nothing. Take a look at the Time Out guide to discover the best free gigs happening near Scape Student Living’s Mile End accommodation.

Take a peek at Southbank

As one of London’s greatest places to try out, Southbank has something to offer or everyone. As well as the famous Skate Southbank, where you can explore with a board or some blades, the area boasts a number of other attractions. There’s the excellent British Film Institute, where for less than ten pounds you can attend screenings, take workshops and hear talks from industry experts. If you’re really strapped for cash, head on into the Mediatheque, an archive of film and video clips from around the world, accessible for free. Southbank plays host to a number of different events throughout the year, so be sure to look at the website for the latest news and offerings.

There are countless free activities in London for students on a budget to enjoy, and from Scape East you’ll be able to access them all. Go on, get out there – the world is your oyster! You can even stay up to date with all of the latest exciting events by following us on Facebook or Twitter.


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