London is one of the most exciting cities in the world to live. As a student you will be able to sample the best of what London has to offer with discounts on travel, tourist attractions and entertainment.

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Whether you are living away from home for the first time, returning to study, or juggling University with family life, it is really important to plan your finances and budget carefully to make sure that the funds available to you last throughout the year.

Living costs will vary depending on individual lifestyle choices, however we would recommend that students budget at least £150 per week in addition to their rent, utility bills and tuition fees, if applicable. As well as the usual day to day costs like food, travel, books and course equipment, mobile phone, clothes and entertainment, remember to also budget for your initial arrival and one-off costs such as moving house and graduation.

We recommend that all students build an online budget plan using sites like the Student Calculator or the Money Advice Service.

International students

If you require a visa to study in the UK, you will need to demonstrate to UK Visas and Immigration that you have sufficient funds to support yourself during your studies.

We recommend that international students build an online budget plan at

Part-time work

One of the advantages of being in London is that you have plenty of opportunities to supplement your income by working part time during term time and the holidays. Casual work is available in the many bars, cafes and shops and, if you have keyboard or other specialist skills, there is a wide variety of temporary and part time jobs you could apply for.

If you are studying medicine, remember that your holiday entitlement reduces significantly during the clinical years of the course.

Student discounts

18+ Student Oyster photocard

Full time students can get 30% off the price of adult-rate Travelcards and Bus & Tram Pass season tickets. Apply online at the Transport for London website.  Please register using your 7 digit St George’s student number.

Applications will need to be approved by St George’s once you are fully registered and enrolled on your full time course.  Once your application is approved, TfL will send you the photocard.

16-25 Railcard (also available to full time students aged over 25)

The 16-25 Railcard will get you 1/3 off a wide range of UK train tickets.  They have also teamed up with several partners so you can save on things like dining out, theatre tickets, gym membership, and much more.

NUS Extra card

The NUS Extra card gives you access to lots of great discounts, both online and in-store, right across the UK and beyond. Discounts can be had in: fashion, travel, competitions, entertainment, computers, phones and technology, sport, health and leisure, ethical shopping and more.


As a student you can buy software at educational rates from suppliers such as Pugh Computers (although all software you need for your course will be available for you to use on St George’s computers and you can install Microsoft Office on five separate devices).

Last Updated: Thursday, 08 October 2015 16:22