Living Like a Local in London - Useful Tips for Students

London is the capital of  Britain, just kidding we know you know that, but you should also know that London is the capital of great fun, especially when you come here as a student. There is no way you won't fall in love with this city, s quotting Samuel Johnson 'for there is in London all that life can afford'.

Here, we’ve collected some of the most basic but really usefull tips to help you feel like a local:


1. The tube system is a very easy way to get around the city. Carry a Tube map with you at all times to take full advantage of this transportation system (or use or the City Mapper app!).

2. The tube closes at 00:15, however there are some lines that work 24 hours on the weekend, as well as there are pleanty of  night buses run 24/7.

3. The best pubs are hidden – don’t worry, you’ll be able to find the authentic ones. Try the Alsop Arms just off Baker Street Station.

4. November 5th – Bonfire night or Guy Fawkes Night – is a huge holiday in London. This holiday commemorates the night that King James survived an attack on his life and the plotted blowing up of the House of Lords.

5. The Harry Potter Platform 9 3/4 is at King’s Cross Station and pictures are free!

6. Plays on the West End are a great weeknight out for College Students. Look for cheap tickets on

7. Always ask about Student Discounts –they’re not always listed, but often available.

8. Soho and Piccadilly Circus are the places to go to if you are hungry late at night.

9. To satisfy your inner international foodie, go to Camden Markets. Feel free to barter with the shop owners; it’s a fun thing to try at least once.

10. Rent a bike on the street from Santander for £2 for 24 hours –it’s a fun way to discover the city!

11. The gym is expensive so walk the city as your own personal gym. If a gym is absolutely necessary, ask for a student discount or find one through your school.

12. Always look left before right when crossing the street. It’s hard to remember as this is a habit learned since childhood.


Source: Collect Tourist, 2018

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