Money saving tips
Money saving tips TAB
You can save 30% on certain season tickets and travelcards with a Student Oyster photocard – see Transport for London.
For transport beyond London, try booking in advance for cheaper fares or explore other forms of travel such as coach services Megabus and National Express.
However, don't underestimate the power of walking around London. Only need to travel one or two stops? You'll be surprised at how close many of the stations are. Save yourself a fare and get the chance to explore more of the city instead.
Part time work
Part-time work is an option to boost your funds as well as a great way to get out and meet new people. You should aim to work no more than 10–15 hours per week to leave enough time for your studies.
Overseas students need to check the rules for working in the UK before starting any job.
Have a think about working on campus, there are shops and cafes and even offices that have vacancies.
Providing online tuition is a good way to earn extra spending money from the comfort of your room.
No need to splash out on expensive gym memberships – Imperial students have access to the College gym, Ethos right on campus. Students can opt for basic membership which is free during off-peak times or any day, any time access for annual fee of £30. Have a look at the Ethos webpage for more information on student memberships, facilities and services provided by Ethos.
Things to do
Make the most of free events and attractions around the city, including festivals such as the More London Free Festival, and Europe's largest street festival the Notting Hill Carnival.
Don't forget that Imperial lies right next door to three of the top 10 UK visitor attractions: the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
There are many other free cultural attractions, museums and galleries so you'll never be short of things to do.