Utilities & Shopping

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.

Make sure you get a 16-25 Railcard…which might reduce the cost of rail and tube journeys even by one third.

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.

The big punchers are internships… Banks definitely pay the most and are easier to get into.


Use your College ID to gain access to a range of student discounts offered by many cinemas and theatres, high street shops and even some restaurants.

Have a look at sites like studentbeans.com and unidays.com to find the latest offers. Your wallet will love you for it.


No need to splash out on expensive gym memberships. Imperial students have access to our on-campus gym, Ethos.

Membership options include:

  • Basic membership is free. You'll be able to access to the sports centre to use any of the pay-as-you-go facilities, such as classes or the Sports hall.
  • Student membership is £30 a year. You can use the gym and swimming pool at all times.

Find out more about Ethos and student memberships


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.


London is full of free wi-fi spots so why not use theirs instead of your own? Your local public libraries and many coffee shops and fast food chains offer free wi-fi, as does the whole Covent Garden area.

Internet access is also available around campus and in our halls of residence. Log on today!