Your Freshers’ guide to London

Heading to London for uni? Get ready because you’re about to spend the next three years in one of the most exciting cities in the world. You’ll never, ever be bored, but with all the options available how will you know where to start?

Whether you’re off to King’s College London (KCL), University College London (UCL), Imperial College London, London School of Economics (LSE), University of the Arts London or any of the other 40 universities in the capital, here are the top student-friendly places you need to check out.

1. For going out:

The Roxy in Fitzrovia is another flagship for London students that’s not to be missed with its informal basement club setting. The Loop is a one-stop student mecca with cheap cocktails and three floors. Another favourite of the KCL, UCL and LSE crowds is Walkabout Temple with its boozy, fun Aussie atmosphere.

Mother Bar, Shoreditch

It’s free and open super late, featuring an eclectic lineup of DJs every night. What more could any student want? Afterwards head down to Brick Lane for its famous 24/7 post-clubbing beigel snacks.

Bar Story, Peckham

If your uni is in Camberwell, Peckham or New Cross, check out Bar Story. It’s popular with the artsy crowd with its cheap cocktails, amazing Happy Hour and super relaxed decor.

Another great Peckham haunt is the Bussey Building, a café/ art gallery/ performance space and a 5,000 square-foot rooftop with panoramic views of the city. All we can say is there are some great parties to be had there.

2. For cheap eats:

Sourdough pizza at Franco Manca for some of the best pizza in the city. There are several locations, including Chiswick, Tottenham Court Road, Balham, Southfields, and the original Brixton venue. Pizzas start at just £4.50!

Dishoom is one of of London’s top restaurants and has branches in Shoreditch and central London. With its Indo-Persian-Euro fusion breakfast dishes starting at just £4.70, it’s a total steal. Also, you MUST try the bacon naan roll. Trust us.

All the street food markets are pure gold for deliciously food. Don’t miss Borough Market, Netil Market, Broadway Market, Maltby St Market, Real Food Market, or Exmouth Market for cheap eats. You might even get some free samples!

If you’re nursing a killer hangover, we recommend heading down to Brick Lane Market on a Sunday morning for some delicious chips, cheese and gravy from the Poutinerie – the ultimate hangover cure.

3. For studying:

At some point you’ll need to hit the books, and London offers plenty of great study spots.

Timberyard, Old Street and Covent Garden

There are loads of great studenty London cafes in which to study, but this one is our go-to. Delicious snacks and ample places to plug in your laptop, Timberyard is a super friendly and convenient place to work.

National Art Library, South Kensington

Located inside the V+A, this gorgeous study space is sure to get the creative juices flowing. Just be aware of the food restrictions and slightly odd opening hours.

Central Saint Martins Library, Kings Cross

With lockers, group study areas, private study booths and even a nice little café downstairs, this new library is the perfect place to get some serious work done. Make sure to book your space in advance to get in!

Waterstones, Piccadilly

What’s so special about a Waterstones, you ask? This particular one is massive with six floors, large tables where you can spread out and revise, a cafe and of course comfy armchairs to read in. Despite its size and location, it’s surprisingly quiet. Also check out Hatchards bookshop – London’s oldest – a few doors down.