June 19, 2019

How to spend summer in London on a student budget

london city skyline

The capital has a stellar reputation for many things. Fashion, multiculturalism, and the Royal Family are just a few, but this does come at a cost to its population. London is far from cheap and this can create quite a dilemma for students as they look to gain their degree in one of the world’s most thriving and energetic cities.

Summer is now upon us and many students who have decided to remain in London may well be working out how they can embrace all the city has to offer on a student budget. Thankfully, the GSM London team has years of experience when it comes to enjoying our fine capital without blowing your bank balance.


Free Museums are Perfect for Students Living in London

As an inevitably studious bunch, academics tend to like museums and London has some of the best you will find anywhere in the world. You will be glad to hear that many of these are completely free of charge making them ideal when living in London as a student in the summer and looking to keep things frugal.

Here are five of our favourite free museums in the capital, all of which have fantastic outdoor spaces and gardens for you to enjoy the great British summertime.

  • Natural History Museum
  • Victoria & Albert Museum
  • National Maritime Museum
  • Museum of London
  • Museum of London Docklands


Cheap Gigs In London are filled with Students

What better way to spend a sunny summer’s evening than out with your friends enjoying some drinks and a concert? London has one of the finest reputations in the world when it comes to music, with every single genre on offer in various parts of the city.

Whether you’re an indie fan looking for the next Arctic Monkeys or into your Grime or Garage, areas such as Camden, Shoreditch and many others offer fine array of talent for you to enjoy during the summer months. This article is a great place to start if you’re looking for the best new music in London or perhaps on the lookout for the best and cheapest music festivals.

You can drink on the cheap at home before heading out or take advantage of one of the many happy hours in London, making this the ideal way to spend a summer’s evening.


Shopping In London on a Student Budget

Finally, if you like to unwind with some retail therapy, then London doesn’t have to be as extortionate as one would think. The city is of course, famous for such behemoth brands as Harrods but even these stores have bargains to enjoy and there are all sorts of hidden gems dotted around the city.

Although shopping may not sound like the best way to enjoy yourself on a budget, we all deserve some rewards and you most probably deserve it following a busy academic year.

The following stores and sales will be available in all their glory during the summer months, so be sure to check them out even if you’re watching your bank balance:


Discover More with GSM London

Hopefully, this guide helps you take advantage of just some of the delights London has to offer in the summer months, but there is of course so much more to enjoy in one of the world’s busiest and ever-changing cities. We have also put together this handy guide to ten free things to do in London, which could complement the above nicely.

If you are considering studying in London during the forthcoming academic year, why not take a look at some of our most popular courses here at GSM London? You can also get in touch with us directly should you have any questions about studying your degree with us.

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