Being a study abroad student in London means we are blessed with so many opportunities but, with limited time on campus, also cursed with choice paralysis. The city can be quite overwhelming with its plethora of neighborhoods, the fast-moving pace, and all it has to offer when it comes to art, food, and culture. Balancing the rigorous course load at LSE seemingly makes it all the more hectic. But with the right set of online resources, enjoying the London life doesn’t have to be so challenging.
Too Good to Go
Too Good to Go is an app that allows users to purchase discounted meals and groceries from restaurants, cafes, and food shops. After choosing a location and a radius, several available stores pop up that have offers of the day, with listed pick up times and descriptions on what the meal may include. Not only are there large chain stores like Pret, Starbucks, and Wasabi, but there are also some independent establishments near campus such as The Black Penny, Lebaneats, and Gebeta Ethiopian Kitchen. Don’t forget that all LSE cafes are also on the app! Too Good to Go is an excellent way to try new places to eat, all while saving money and fighting food waste.
Although London has one of the most expansive public transportation systems in the world, sometimes its great size can increase confusion. Citymapper makes navigating the city so much easier. It lists a variety of transportation methods to choose from, plus the estimated transportation time. Sometimes walking only takes a few minutes longer than public transport, making it an attractive option when the weather permits.
The vintage film camera look is now in trend. But film cameras can be expensive, and getting the film developed is too much of a hassle. A great alternative is Dispo, a camera app that mimics the disposable and vintage look. It also has a social aspect, allowing users to share their pictures and create shared rolls or albums with friends. Try taking some photos of campus on a sunny day; it’s absolutely marvellous!
First Table‘s motto is, “The early bird gets the dinner deal!” The restaurant discovery website offers 50% off early reservations at breakfast, lunch or dinner at participating restaurants. Users select a date, a time, and a table for two, three, or four people. Try it out to save money on those sit down meals, while also benefiting restaurants by filling their off-peak tables. Plus, you get to make it back home early enough to get through your coursework.
Time Out London
Because free weekends for LSE students are relatively rare, when they do come around, we often find ourselves without concrete plans. That’s where Time Out comes in handy. The website has several guides such as “Things to Do in London this Weekend,” holiday-themed activities, best restaurants of the year, and even offers at restaurants and activities. Check out the Covent Garden guide for things to do near campus.