• Birmingham

    Famous for its exuberant nightlife, vast shopping centres, cultural hotspots and historic landmarks. Birmingham is England's second-largest city, which suggests it's got everything that a student needs to have a good time!

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  • Bournemouth

    With 7 miles of beach, a pier and buzzing nightlife - what's not to love about this picturesque seaside town? Bournemouth also has a warmer-than-average UK climate - so you can really get your tan on during the summer months!

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  • Bristol

    The city is brimming with vibrant cultural hotspots, a buzzing social scene and an overall chilled atmosphere. Renowned for its music and art scenes, and its many festivals, you can expect to have a jam-packed diary all year around.

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  • Cambridge

    This small historic town has plenty to offer including punting down the beautiful River Cam and visiting the many museums of Cambridge. But if the party scene is more your thing, there are also plenty of bars and clubs to cater towards your tastes.

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  • Cardiff

    It's easy to see why Cardiff is the capital of Wales with it's beautiful historic castle and revitalized waterfront. There's always something for students to enjoy, including visiting the quirky comic shops, art centre and weekly farmers markets.

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  • Edinburgh

    Edinburgh, the Scottish capital is home to the much-loved and enjoyed Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It also has many student hotspots including Princes Street where you can find all the trendy student shops and classy bars.

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  • Exeter

    Exeter is a city of history, architecture, and culture, with an abundance of shopping opportunities and foodie hotspots thrown in for good measure. What's not to love about this student city?

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  • Lancaster

    Lancaster knows how to spoil you with numerous shops, restaurants, bars and clubs in its vibrant city centre. This Roman city also has many historical hotspots and possesses one of the longest canals in the UK, stretching 43 miles all the way to Preston.

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  • Lincoln

    Lincoln offers an experience rich in history with independent boutique shopping and high-street convenience. The city is packed with restaurants & student bars and is surrounded by beautiful countryside. It's obvious why university students love Lincoln.

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  • Liverpool

    Liverpool has an abundance of experiences to offer students, such as shopping, unique restaurants & entertainment - including live music & sport. Liverpool also has a nightlife scene with many bars and clubs all over the city - you really are spoilt!

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  • London

    It's easy to understand why students love London. The city is made accessible by the Underground system (“the tube”) and generally fantastic transport links and has everything a student could possibly want from the UK's best shopping, restaurants & bars.

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  • Newcastle

    Newcastle upon Tyne has lots to offer as a city, including its historic castle and bridges, restaurants, bars, clubs and extensive shopping - including more than 600 shops. It's simple to understand why students love this city!

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  • Nottingham

    Nottingham is best known for its role in the Robin Hood legend and sandstone caves under the streets of the city. It also has a beautiful castle to explore along with many shops, restaurants, bars & clubs. In other words, it's ideal for student living.

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  • Plymouth

    What's not to love about Plymouth? The beautiful port city in Devon boasts an idyllic harbour, plenty of shopping areas, restaurants, bars, arts and entertainment.

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  • Portsmouth

    If you love being by the sea, Portsmouth is a great choice for your student adventure! From eating out and drinking to shopping and exploring the historical dockyard and green spaces, there's always something to keep students entertained in Portsmouth.

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  • Southampton

    Southampton is a bustling student city offering museums, music venues, art galleries, award winning parks and incredible shopping facilities. There are also plenty of student bars, clubs and a selection of eateries for you and your flatmates to try!

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Free Activities in Central London

Live, laugh and love in Central London without breaking the bank. We have scoured the Earth (internet) for some of the best and cheapest activities to keep you entertained during your free time, and give you that much needed break from studying while absorbing as much of the Capital as possible.

Laugh for a little

You can quickly find yourself paying through the nose to see a comedian at a large arena, but taking the time to venture to lesser known venues for either free admission or a fraction of the cost can often result in an equally enjoyable night and hearty laughs all round. Although some may say free entry, do be wary that they may expect a small donation at the end of the evening.

Angel Comedy

One of London’s most popular free comedy clubs, Angel Comedy is run seven nights a week at The Camden Head and usually features comedians on the open-mic circuit as well as seasoned professionals, including Eddie Izzard and Russell Howard who have dropped by to try out new material.

The Foundry Tickler Free Comedy Night

Always completely free, The Foundry has fantastic line-ups every Monday from TV names to open-mic circuit regulars.

The Comedy Grotto

Once a month, usually the last Tuesday, the Comedy Grotto puts together a side-splitting line-up to raise money for charity. However, if your budget is a little tight and you can’t afford to make a donation, nobody will look upon you with scorn.

Free music haunts in London

Forking out for gigs can quickly become obscene and unsustainable, so finding hidden gems offering free gigs around Central London is a must for die-hard music fans. If jazz and blues float your boat, Ain’t Nothin But Blue Bar in Soho has a great vibe, an exceptional line-up and if you pick your night right, it can all be for free. From Monday to Thursday and Sunday nights admission is free, and if you can muster up the strength to be an early bird, it’s free entry on Fridays and Saturdays before 8:30pm.

Stay in Soho for funk and Motown at Barrio Central, or head south of the river to Deptford; where you’ll find Buskers’ Night, an evening of aspiring singer-songwriters and musicians at the Bird’s Nest pub.

Art and History

London is packed to the rafters with hundreds of years worth of art, culture and history – millennia in the case of The Natural History Museum. You could easily spend each weekend making your way around the various galleries, museums and spectacular works of architecture throughout the Capital. For now, we have selected just a few of our must-see free sights to give you a taste of what Central London has to offer.

Royal Festival Hall

Located on the South Bank, the Royal Festival Hall was originally built for the 1951 Festival of Britain but has since become a home for major concerts, while the ground floor frequently hosts free concerts, exhibitions and workshops. Up on the fifth floor you’ll find a balcony area with striking views of the River Thames.

Somerset House

The impressive Georgian building and courtyard are enough of an enticement to Somerset House, add to this the basement gallery, balcony views, summer fountains and winter ice rink, and this is one free London attraction that you don’t want to miss out on.

A Student’s Guide to London

There is so much to do in London that even after whittling it down to the free activities, there is still far too much to list all at once. However, we at The Student Housing Company hope that our brief guide has enlightened you a little as to what to do and where to do it when you first arrive in the Capital.

Whichever of our London locations you are moving in to, whether it’s Depot PointMagenta House or The Costume Store, all of our residences are in prime locations for transport links – wherever you need to get to throughout the city – so you should never be stuck for something to do on a rainy afternoon. If you would like to find out more about living in The Student Housing Company accommodation in London, please feel free to talk to us at any time or even organise a visit.