10 easy ways to cut down costs when you’re a student in London

It’s not easy to study and live in a capital city, and London is no different. If you’re not careful, it can end up very expensive. We have therefore compiled a list of 10 ways that you can cut costs down whilst you’re a student in London. 

Walk or Bike

Whilst getting an Uber or jumping in a hackney cab might be convenient, the cost can soon pile up if you use them regularly. Walking to your campus is the best way to get across the city as it is totally free. Alternatively, why not invest in a bike? It’s an initial outlay, but you’ll get your money’s worth in the first month!

Look for cheap places to eat

You’re in London. There are thousands of places to eat and not all of them are super expensive. Avoid the main touristy spots and explore the streets away from the main thoroughfares and you’re sure to find something that is a lot more affordable, and usually much cheaper too!

Don’t have takeaways

After a busy day at uni or a full day of studying, it can feel like a chore to cook dinner, however ordering takeaways from Deliveroo every night soon adds up. Maybe limit yourself to one or two a month.

Shop in the reduced section

Try to do your shopping later on in the day, or even at night time. Food is often reduced after 6pm so that stock can be cleared for the next day, so by going later, you’re more likely to be able to pick up a bargain.

Batch cook your lunches

Yes, the weekend should be for chilling, but if you spend just a couple of hours batch cooking some lovely lunches for the following week, not only will you save a considerable amount of money, but you’ll also have something fresh and yummy to eat!

Shop in second hand shops

Whether you need a new pair of boots, a fresh wardrobe, books for your course, or any homeware items, exploring the second-hand shops and charity shops in your local area can help to cut costs, but also helps out local and national charities, and the environment at the same time! Winner! 

Borrow books, don’t buy new!

Try and get hold of the books you’ll need for your syllabus from libraries rather than buying them new. In London you have the benefit of the British Library, local lending libraries, as well as your university library.

Staying in is the new going out…

Any night out in London costs quite a lot of money, let’s be honest. Why not stay in instead? Have a house or dinner party, or a cinema night at home. If you use your imagination, then anything is possible.

Hand wash rather than launder

This might not be for everyone, and if you’re lucky enough to live in a student house which has a washing machine then you won’t need this, but you can cut down the cost of laundering your clothes if you hand wash at home.

Buy in bulk

Buying certain things in large quantities can really reduce the per item cost. If you can find storage in your room/flat then it’s worth bulk buying things like toilet rolls, washing powders, cleaning products, etc.  

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