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London living

As the most international and diverse city in the UK, London offers a myriad of cultural, historical and contemporary spaces and places to discover. Whatever your interests, you'll be able to find something to do, and at a student-friendly price to boot! Read on for the many reasons we believe London is wonderful place to study, and how you can enjoy the city on a student budget.

Work experience

Studying in London gives you amazing proximity to the top companies in the UK and the world. Whether you're insterested in a career in banking and finance, entertainment and culture, media and communications, architecture and design or technology or start-ups, there are thousands of businesses and organisations on your doorstep to approach for work experience and employment. Learn more about what we provide for career services.


Getting involved
HSU and our socieities provide free and discounted entertainment for all students. You can also take advantage of the University of London Student Central's sports, events and facilities.

Museums and galleries
London is home to some of the top museums in the world, and many of them are completley free. These are some of the most popular ones, and you can find more on TimeOut London.

Free lectures
There are many free public lectures, concerts and events that you can attend at Heythrop and the other University of London colleges. Visit our events pages or go to the other college's pages to find out what's on.


As a student there are discounts galore that you can take advantage of if you know where to look! The most important one to get is your TFL Student Oyster Card which gives you 30% off the regular fare. Other popular discounts include:

  • Free or up to 50% off theatre tickets
  • Discounts for museum exhibit tickets
  • Many high street shops, restaurants and attractions have discounts when you show a valid student ID - just ask at the till
  • Student Bean lists discounts and freebies for students
  • Movie theatres like Vue, Odeon and Cineworld have student price tickets

Enjoying the city

Things to do in our neighbourhood

  • Rent a Santander Cycle and ride up to Hyde Park where you can discover the Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Palace, boating on or swimming in the Serpentine and plenty of deck chairs to relax and while away a sunny afternoon.
  • Take a short walk up to High Street Kensington for shops galore and plenty of delicious restaurants to stop and refuel.
  • Try our favourite locals - the Builders Arm's, My Old Dutch Pancake House, Ranoosh, Mont Parnasse - and wander around to discover your own favourites.
  • Head towards South Kensington for three of the best museums in London: Natural History, Science Museum and the V&A.
  • Catch a concert at the Royal Albert Hall.
  • Play a match of netball, tennis or golf at Holland Park.

It doesn't take long to explore more of London; from High Street Kensington station you can easily venture into central London to find more parks, historic buildings, restaurants, shops and clubs, festivals and street parties, comedy and music gigs and other wonderful activities awaiting your discovery.