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Experience London for less: Arts and culture

People walking past an exhibition wall, with their movement blurred.
  • Written byStudent Communications
  • Published date 22 August 2023
People walking past an exhibition wall, with their movement blurred.
People walking at Imprint, 2016, London College of Communication, UAL | Photograph: Lewis Bush

As a student living and studying in London, you’re able to make use of lots of free or discounted exhibits, events and other cultural resources the city has to offer.

From arts memberships to finding the cheapest way to get from A to B, here’s how you can experience London for less and make the most of the city’s arts and culture:

Film & theatre

  • Curzon: Get a free student membership to receive discounts and no booking fees, off-peak tickets priced at £6 and peak tickets at £9
  • Everyman: View films at a discounted price during off-peak times, Monday to Fri before 5pm (prices vary per screening but are usually around £12)
  • BFI: Get £3 tickets for most showings when signing up to their 25 and under scheme
  • National Theatre: Get £5 tickets if you’re 18 and £10 tickets if you’re between 19 and 25 years old
  • Odeon: Check out their website for recurring saving offers and competitions

Museums & exhibitions 

  • Student Art Pass: Get free or reduced-price entry to museums and 50% off exhibitions and events for a year for only £10
  • Tate Collective: Sign up for free to get access to exhibitions for £5, discounts on food and drink and products in their shop, and hear about free events and opportunities
  • Young Barbican: Get £5 entry to selected exhibitions, performances and cinema showings

Streaming services 



  • Gourmet Society: Get discounts on food as well as film rentals, cinema and attractions.
  • Outdoor spaces near your campus: Enjoy London’s green areas, picnic spots and walking routes near you.
  • UNiDAYS: Get instant student discounts on fashion retailers, restaurants, technology and more!

If you’re worried about money, please get in touch with our Student Advice Service who will be able to go through all the avenues of support available to you.

Check out more money saving tips while studying with us.

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