5 things to do in London on a student budget

Busy street of Portobello market with shops and people walking along the road

You’ve got all your books 📚 and notepads ready, found your lecture rooms, made new friends and settled in to your new surroundings. What’s next?

When you’re not studying, take a break and explore the city (on a student budget!💰) with our 5 things to do in London as a student. 👩‍🎓👨🏾‍🎓

Plus, we’ve got student travel tips and ways to save money on your fares, including travelling off-peak to get the best value.👏

1. Do a free fitness class

You don’t need an expensive gym membership to get fit. Get your heart rate up in one of the many free fitness classes taking place across the city! 😅

From yoga to running 🏃‍♀️, choose whatever takes your fancy. You could be training with the Nike Run Club, doing a workout at a Reebok Fithub or throwing some punches at Boxfit in a beautiful London park. Plus, you might meet some new fitness friends too!

woman folding up a blue yoga mat on a wooden floor

2. Laugh at a Comedy Club

What better way to de-stress from your studies than to laugh!? 🤣 Get those good endorphins pumping at a Comedy Club.

With a mix of free and paid events (as little as £3!), you’ll see up and coming comedians, as well as some more well-known ones, do their best to make you giggle.🎤

3. Visit London’s parks

Escape the busy city and take a relaxing stroll through London’s Instagram-worthy parks!🌳

Whether you want to go for a jog, play tennis, admire the flower gardens 🌸, listen to the animals at London Zoo, watch a play, battle your friends at ping pong🏓, or simply just enjoy the peace and quiet, you can choose what you want to do at parks all over London.

4. Brighten up your accommodation

London is home to amazing markets where you can find hidden gems and pick up bargains 🛍️ to make your student accommodation feel homely.

Grab a beautiful bunch of flowers 💐 every Sunday at Columbia Road Flower Market or visit Broadway Market to browse vintage clothes and handmade gifts. For home items, antiques and art 🖼️, head over to Spitalfields Market or Portobello Road Market.

5. Visit the Tate Modern

Want to see how art responds to the media and war? Admire amazing photos of London at night 🌃, learn how to write creatively or even listen to up and coming DJs?

You can at the Tate Modern – London’s gallery for international and contemporary modern art. With famous art and events every day, you can visit the gallery and its collections for free. 👍

Grey brick and window panes of the exterior of the Tate Modern building

Need more inspiration?
Explore more than 500 museums, galleries, street art and more, all within a short walk or bus ride from each Underground station with our interactive Cultural Maps.

Plus, with our Hopper fare, you can make unlimited bus or tram journeys anytime, anywhere for £1.50 within one hour of touching in!

Go and discover London off-peak at Time Out.

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