10 Things for International Students To Do in London


10 Places For International Students in London To Explore

Work hard, play hard – that’s the mantra, right?! So, if you’re an international student in London, you’ll want to make the most of your downtime in this vibrant and fun city. Even on a limited budget, there’s plenty of free or affordable things to do in London.

Whether it’s a trip to the West End to see a show, moseying around world-famous galleries, or chanting from the football terraces, it’s time to discover all that’s great about the capital. From the North to the South, the calmness to the crazy – here’s ten of our top picks.

Plus, you might also find time to enjoy one of the local favourite pastimes – sneaking in a cheeky pint. And why not, when in London and all …

Go see Hamilton

Who’s the ten-dollar founding father without a father….. ALEXANDER HAMILTON! If you don’t know the lyrics already, you sure will after this essential-viewing West End Show. Created by Lin Manuel, Hamilton more than lives up to the hype, as one of the greatest productions of our time. Plus you’ll swot up on American history, so it’s practically education – right!?

Nearest station: Victoria

Cost: A lot actually, but it’s worth it. Be prepared to pay between £100-£200 per ticket. Or if you’re feeling lucky, enter the daily Hamilton lottery and nab a £10 ticket!

Go to a football match

England’s football legacy is known around the world, and London is home to some of the most famous teams; Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Fulham, and QPR to name a few. Whether you have a team or not, a day out at one of London’s premiership club is one of the top student things to do in London.

From the rowdy barracks of Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge, to the world-class Emirates stadium, just be sure to chant for the right team, or your visit will be cut abruptly short!

Cost: £10 upwards

The Tate Modern

From Andy Warhol to Tracey Emin, and Rothko to Picasso, The Tate Modern on the Southbank is a treasure trove of artworks. It’s easy to lose a day to discovering its famous works. While you’re here, head to the tenth floor to enjoy sweeping views of the city skyline.

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Nearest station: St Pauls or walk up from London Waterloo

Cost: Free!

Shakespeare’s Globe

While you’re in the hood, why not pop next door to another London landmark: Shakespeare’s Globe. This impressive building is a reconstruction of the Globe Theatre that the man himself wrote plays from. Attending a play here gives you an authentic feel for his work, played out by superb actors treading its famous boards.

Don’t be a tourist though – book ahead and skip the queues. Also, aim for the summer months as this can get a little chilly being an open-air venue.

Nearest station: St Pauls or walk up from London Waterloo

Cost: Approx £40 upward, but look out for deals.

Pub crawl

Did someone say pub crawl? It’s what international student life London is all about! Partake in the great British pastime of sampling its hop delights, as you stroll from bar to bar.

With so many public houses and swish bars dotted throughout the city it’s hard to know where to start. But we recommend Covent Garden for some of the oldest ‘boozers’ in the country. This includes the Nags Head, Lamb and Flag and White Lion. Be sure to order a pint and some pork scratchings and you’ll fit right in.

Nearest station: Covent Garden

Cost: Budget for £5 a pint.

Abbey Road

Liverpool may have spawned the most famous band in the world, but London is home to Abbey Road. Made famous by the album of the same name, this zebra crossing is a prerequisite for any self-respecting international student in London.

Smartphones at the ready, you’ll want to document recreating the famous album cover. Plus, you never know who you might see stumbling out of Abbey Road Studios.

Nearest station: St John’s

Cost: Nadda, not a penny.

Hitting the shops

Oxford Street is a mecca for shoppers, and the perfect way to spend your Saturday morning as a student. Start at Selfridges and work your way up going via the giant Topshop and Matalan to get a new outfit for your big night out. If you still have energy, pop over to Covent Garden which has more boutique shops.

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Nearest station: Oxford Circus

Cost: Whatever your credit card limit allows!

A curry in Brick Lane

A pre-requisite to your night out, a curry from Brick Lane is not to be missed. It’s impossible to walk down this bustling street without being called into a restaurant at least once. But the curry here is GOOD, so make a point of visiting. Afterward, there’s plenty of great watering holes nearby, be sure to check out Cargo and Beach Blanket Babylon within reach.

Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street

Cost: £15 upward


From the glitzy West End to the rock n roll of the north, London’s clubbing scene has something for everyone.

For trendy beats with a side of hipster vibes, head east. Shoreditch, Hoxton, and Dalston have an abundance of bars and clubs, varying from indie hangouts to electro-fusion beats. This is a place where anything and everything goes, making it perfect for a top night out.

Nearest station: Old Street

Cost: Budget for £5 a pint.

Battersea Park

For one of the best free things to do in London, head to any of the 3,000 green spaces in the city. If you’re stuck for choice, then try out Battersea Park. A popular spot with joggers and people-watchers, this 200-acre space includes a boating lake, a Peace Pagoda, and soothing views of the Thames. If you’re up for it, there’s even a small zoo to look out for.

Once you’re done with the Park, it’s worth walking up to Albert Bridge one street away. You might recognise it from the silver screen, as one of London’s most famous bridges. And what better way to end your whirlwind tour of the city.

Nearest station: Clapham Junction

Cost: Free!

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