Everyone knows that London is one of the most expensive cities in the world. However, even with little money in your pocket you can enjoy your stay along Thames, even if you are not being paid for your internship. As usual, the motto to go by is "the early bird catches the worm". The sooner you book excursions and a suitable accommodation, the more guaranteed you are on getting the bargain. Tickets for attractions such as Madame Tussaud's or the London Eye can be ordered before your trip to benefit from discounts.
Students who complete a semester abroad or an internship abroad in London are lucky to benefit from many discounts. With the NUS Extra Card you can save a lot of money. Be it in clothing shops, bars or restaurants. However, not all shops have this student discount. Therefore, you should simply ask before you shop. The BritRail Ticket is also indispensable for international students, as it is possible to travel through the UK by train with a one-time payment.
Many students are faced with the challenge of financing their internships, as high living costs are often incurred during their stay abroad. However, there are many financial support programs that offer students the opportunity to develop abroad. One possibility is to take advantage of low-interest loans, such as the education or study loans. If you apply you may even qualify for a Grant to help you with your trip.
Why go with the sightseeing bus for more than 20 pounds, when you can take a double decker bus for only 2 pounds?! Why spend a lot of money on a performance by the world-famous playwright William Shakespeare at the Globe Theater, if you can get a general admission seat for just five pounds? Continue the savings with Westminster Abbey. Have patience and wait until 5pm to get free entrance to the church where Prince William married his Kate.
Also, great museums such as the Tate Modern, the National Gallery and the British Museum are accessible free of charge. If you plan to arrive in the summer months, you will have the opportunity to watch free open air concerts on Trafalgar Square.
Another exciting event that you should not miss during your internship in England is the changing of the guards. This ceremony takes place every other day in summer and in winter. Other famous but still free attractions include the Big Ben, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace or St. Paul's Cathedral.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
In a big city like London, restaurants in the city center are not cheap. In places like Shoreditch, Peckham, Brixton or Shepherds Bush, however, it is far more affordable to go out. Also, the typical fast-food chains, which we all know well, are also inexpensive. As in many other European countries, it is best to cook for yourself in London. And of course we also have some saving tips on that. In almost every supermarket in England you will find a section with "reduced" prices. These are cheaper because they expire in one or two days. If you are at the Camden Market just before closing time, you may notice the prices fall.