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Student life in London

When you study at London Metropolitan University, you’ll get to experience, and become part of, one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities in the world. Outside of lectures, you can take advantage of the buzzing nightlife in East London, the beautiful Royal parks, cheap eats in Brixton, live music in Camden and the museums, galleries and theaters all over the city.

London is home to more than 100,000 international students from over 200 different nations, making it the most popular student city in the world. Get excited......

Great nights out in London - suggestions for students

Your time in London isn’t complete without a night out in Peckham. Head to Bar Story and you’ll find an arty crowd milling amongst vintage furniture and amazingly priced drinks. Don’t miss out on happy hour, usually from 18:00-19:00 when you can get two cocktails at a cheap price! Bounce in Holborn is one of the top destinations for table tennis revival and you can eat, drink and play to your heart’s content. Evenings get packed so don’t forget to book.

Top tips for students in London

Home to the White Cube gallery and the Fashion and Textile Museum, Bermondsey is fast becoming one of south London’s hippest hangouts. When you’ve exhausted its collections head to The Woolpack Pub for a well-earned drink. If you’re not afraid of heights, sign up for an early morning yoga class on the new glass walkway at Tower Bridge. With fantastic views and peaceful surroundings, it’s the perfect place to zone out before your lectures at London Met.

If you’re into vintage clothing, East London will be like heaven. On and around Brick Lane you’ll find trendy shopping spots. If you’re on London Met Holloway Campus, head to Revive for awesome second hand bargains. Regent’s Canal is lined with lively cafes, bars and shops – walk along the river path at the weekend for some fresh air or enjoy a beer in a rowing boat (yes, they’re anchored) at Crate Brewery near Hackney Wick.

Head south of the river for an evening in Peckham. Crowds start the night at Bar Story and continue at the Bussey Building – open until 05/06, technically you’ll end the night in the morning, just in time for a fry-up on Rye Lane. Wild and sprawling, Hampstead Heath is the perfect place to go for a run. On hot summer days, cool down with a dip in the pond and get back to nature. The Wellcome Collection is home to some of London’s more bizarre exhibitions and lectures and describes itself as "the free destination for the incurably curious". Head down to Euston where they’re located and prepare to expand your mind!

Get involved at London Met

There are loads of ways to get involved with university life at London Met; after all, it’s not all about studying and exams. Getting involved in a society, taking up a new sport, or joining a campaign is a great way to make new friends and will complement and challenge what you learn in the classroom. Wherever your interests lie, taking part will also boost your career prospects by adding value to your graduate profile – potential employers are always interested in hearing about the kinds of things you were involved with at university.

10 free activities for students in London

  • Art Galleries: Tate Modern and Tate Britain are exceptional national art galleries housing some of the finest artworks in the world. Other major London art galleries include the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. And remember, many of the major art galleries and museums stay open late.
  • Museums: All of London's major museums are free, but most offer some special exhibitions for a fee. At the Museum of London you can learn the history of London from Roman times to today.
  • London Parks & Gardens: See and experience Queen Mary's Rose Gardens in Regent's Park or why not visit St. James's Park as it offers one of the best views of Buckingham Palace. Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens (side by side) are enormous and includes the ever popular Diana Memorial Playground and the Peter Pan Statue.
  • Changing of the Guard: No visit to London is complete without seeing this military tradition. The Queen's Guard in London changes in the Forecourt inside the gates of Buckingham Palace at 11:30 every day in the summer and every other day in the winter. Get there early and view the spectacle from outside the front gates.
  • South Bank: It really is amazing how many London landmarks you can see along this stretch of the River Thames including The London Eye and Tate Modern.
  • Trafalgar Square: Trafalgar Square is one of Britain's greatest attractions and was constructed in the 1830s. This iconic square has many sights to see including Nelson's Column and the National Gallery. It is both a tourist attraction and the main focus for political demonstrations.
  • Street Performers: The West Piazza of Covent Garden Market has street performers to entertain you every afternoon. Good acts can draw huge crowds and the performers love to get audience members to help them with their act. All performers are licensed and have passed an audition to perform here. You will find more street performers at the weekend along the South Bank, particularly outside the National Theatre.
  • Street Markets: London is well-known for its popular street markets. The most popular are Camden Market and Portobello Market, closely followed by Greenwich Market.
  • Westminster Abbey: You can see inside Westminster Abbey for free. The Abbey never charges people who want to worship but they rely on admission fees from visitors to cover running costs. Evensong is the most beautiful of services where the Abbey choir sings. Evensong is at 17:00 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, plus at 15:00 on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Free Music: Southbank Centre has lots of free music and other events and there is Free foyer concerts at the National Theatre, also on the South Bank. Free Monday lunchtime recitals at the Royal Opera House. Regular free lunchtime concerts at St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Saturdays at Notting Hill Arts Club.

Save money in London - student discounts in LondonWith an ISIC you get access to student benefits and discounts

For ISIC card holders, there are plenty of student benefits and discounts in London. Here are a few of the top savings:

  1. Tower of London: 3 pounds off admission
  2. Tower Bridge:  3 pounds off admission
  3. Shakespeare Globe Theatre: 3 pounds off admission
  4. Gatwick & Stansted airport shuttles: 20% off
  5. Tate Modern: Up to 30% off

Learn more about ISIC benefits and discounts in London 

Climate in London

London, like the rest of the UK, has a seasonal climate. The average summer temperature (July) high is 24 °C and average winter temperature (February) low is 2.4°C

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