Studying in London? A Guide to Student Freebies

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Most students recognise that meeting the cost of living while studying is tough, and for anyone choosing a London university and having to pay for a student residence, London based, it is especially expensive. That’s why most young people appreciate discounts and any freebies they might be able to get their hands on.

Here is the lowdown on how to be thrifty when it comes to enjoying your time in a student residence, London style!

Apps and Downloads

UniDays is an app with which most young people studying in the city are familiar, and it is a really great source of information for any international student choosing to further their studies in the UK. Providing information on lots of current discounts offered by several different companies, it is an easy-to-use app and is free, too. Many of the most popular high street shops advertise generous student offers, and whether you are looking for restaurant deals, money off clothes, offers on new computers or even gym membership, you’ll find it on this app.

Easily downloaded off the UniDays website, the app comes highly recommended.

The NUS Card

Active for quite a few years now, the National Union of Students (NUS) card is extremely popular. It might have a small outlay of £12 a year, but once in your hands it entitles you to annual discounts of up to £500! Use it wisely and you can really reap the benefits.

The ISIC Card

This international student identity card is widely used and covers 130 countries. Plenty of shops on the UK high street accept this as proof of your identity as a student and therefore honour the respective discounts. There is a small annual fee (£12) and although it is entirely optional, it is definitely worth buying.

Films, Cinema and Music

If you enjoy a night out at the cinema, head to Odeon or Cineworld for reduced tickets. These two establishments recognise student cards and honour the discounts.

Spotify is all the rage at the moment and the company is promoting a 50% off deal on their premium package for new and existing student users through the UniDays app. The Guardian also offers up to 80% off their digital subscription, which makes keeping up with current affairs no problem at all!

Other Websites

Fabulous for fun days out, Student Beans is the go-to site that tells you about reductions on tickets for attractions such as Alton Towers. You can get an associated card with this website, completely free. Check out the website for more information: is an excellent website that advertises other freebies and deals. On this site, all you have to do is apply. It’s surprising how much stuff you soon end up getting your hands on!

We all know that student life can be tough, especially in a student residence, London based. Why not be savvy and save your pennies where you can?
About author: Desiree Michels

Sophie Smith works as an independent consultant and offers advice to young people looking for a London-based student residence. London has a wide range of options when it comes to student living, and Sophie’s helpful suggestions make deciding where to stay even easier. Her expert tips and tricks stem from her first-hand experience studying in the city and living on a budget, so she is more than qualified to support others doing the same.


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