London is one of the most exciting cities in the world, and attracts people from all corners of the globe each year. It has a rich history to discover and caters for every taste.
Unfortunately, London’s popularity means it can be an expensive city to live in, so for most students, getting by on a limited budget is essential.
It can be hard to avoid tourist traps as an international student, so getting to know the place can save you a lot.
Here are a few London transport tips to avoiding throwing money down the drain as a student.
Two Wheels Good
Cycling is perhaps the cheapest way to get around a major city. In fact, over a million Londoners own a bicycle and use it regularly. A word of warning though: only cycle if you are competent cyclist – London traffic can be difficult to handle. But there are many parks, group lessons, and a growing cycle highway system which can help you gain the confidence and practice you need.
You can also hire one of London’s 11,000 ‘Boris Bikes’ (named after the previous Mayor, Boris Johnson) from one of the 750 docking stations across the capital. It costs £2 to rent the bike for 24 hours and the first 30 minutes of your journey is free.
Mind the gap
The city’s public transport network is extensive and well-developed, but some may find ticket prices a bit high. No need to panic though if you’re a student: just get a Student Oyster photocard to enjoy a 30% discount on travel cards as well as tube, bus and rail fares.
Don’t stick to the map
Another way is to just walk! Walking is the best way to discover any city’s secrets. You’ll soon realise that most things are nearer than you thought and you’ll get the added exercise and save lots of money! For instance, most Tube stations in the centre are within walking distance (around 0.5 to 1 mile) of each other.
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|Example||:||Tom and Sally are able to get by with little money, as their needs are limited.|
|Meaning||:||To provide what is needed|
|Example||:||The cabin crew catered for all passengers’ needs.|
|Meaning||:||to deal with a situation|
|Example||:||Miguel doesn’t handle angry customers well.|
|throwing money down the drain|
|Meaning||:||To waste money (especially by spending it on something useless)|
|Example||:||‘Why are you spending your wages on gambling? You’re just throwing money down the drain!’|
|Meaning||:||Having the necessary skill or ability to do something|
|Example||:||Mathew was a competent swimmer and knew to stop when he felt tired.|