London on a budget
Even as Londoners, it’s a challenge to take advantage of all London has to offer. Whilst people often say that London is an expensive city, there’s so much that you can do for free (or next to nothing)!
There’s no need to be daunted by the prospect of living in London as a student - it was actually voted as the most cost-effective student city in the UK! Before you arrive, you should take into account the amount of money you need for food, travel and making the most of your new hometown.
How to make your money go further
Being in a self-catered apartment means that you’ll be able to make use of the kitchen facilities and prepare your own food. There’s a number of large supermarkets within walking distance of Queen Mary to buy groceries. Whilst they can also be convenient, be wary of smaller ‘express’ stores - the prices are often higher for exactly the same items.
If you don’t fancy cooking, you can grab a hot meal on campus at The Curve for a modest price.
The most cost-effective way of seeing the city is walking - you’ll be able to get anywhere you need to from our campus on foot! If you want to head into the city via transport, the cheapest option is to get the bus. For a flat-rate of £1.55 per journey, you can quickly travel across London and enjoy the top desk views.
Please note that Summer School students will not be able to benefit from the Student Oyster Card.
A constant surprise to tourists is that most museums and galleries in the UK are completely free. This means you can pursue the works of Van Gogh at the National Gallery, take in the sight of a giant dinosaur skeleton at the Natural History Museum, or analyse the Rosetta Stone at the British Museum – all free of charge!
If the classic tourist landmarks aren’t your thing, there’s still plenty to do for free in London. You can…
- Put yourself on a famous album cover – the Abbey Road zebra crossing was made iconic by The Beatles.
- Feed the chickens – London has a number of city farms, our most local one being Stepney City Farm.
- Get on the TV – you can star as an audience member for a range of different BBC shows.
It was a really interesting three weeks. I met loads of really nice people who I hope to stay in contact with!— Rosie Fenwick from the UK, Practical Machine Learning