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Students, international students, interns, backpackers, roomates and digital nomads can book cheap dorms and safe private rooms in downtown London, close to boarding schools, high schools, colleges, halls of residence and universities, close to buses or train stations, airports or major attractions in London.


Hotel not too noisy and quite new.
The hotel was under renovation when I went, the staff is friendly. Everything went well.
Great 8.7
it was great, a good time, except for the shower
Superb welcome, the bed and the roommate was cool. Little toilet / shower & hygiene therefore ... Lunch not too bad or good.
Great 8.4
very cozy, clean and in perfect location
Very nice place, very nice employees and very homely atmosphere. Pints and breakfast very cheap.
Fantastic 9.4
The hostel is newly renovated. Hygiene is impeccable. The situation is very very good. Well served by several metro and bus lines. LR lersonal is super nice. In short I recommend this address.
An excellent address to discover London!
Fantastic 10.0




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Welcome to London

London is a sprawling place with masses of cheap city centre hostels and well-located student accommodations to choose from. Exploring is a doddle. Step out of your dorm, charge up your Oyster card and you’re ready to go. Take a spin in the London Eye, enjoy a boat trip on the river Thames, or escape the bustle on Hampstead Heath. Book yourself into a downtown hostel and dive into the buzzing nightlife of Soho and the West End, or meet up with your mates after uni and have a drink in one of London's many pubs. Whether you’re traveling as a solo backpacker or spending a term in London as a uni student, you’ll fall in love over and over again as you explore the eclectic British capital.

The Line

The Line is a free public art walk! The route runs along the waterways, between Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and The O2. Download the free virtual guide at the link to accompany you on your stroll.


British Museum

Explore past civilisations, relive historical events, and enjoy the vast collection of artefacts curated by the British Museum. It’s one of the world’s oldest museums and their vaults contain millions of objects. If you’re in a city centre hostel or student accommodation around Holborn or Russel Square, it’s right on your doorstep.


Address: Great Russell St, London WC1B 3DG, United Kingdom

Phone: +44 20 7323 8299

Hackney DIY Art Market

The borough of Hackney is fast becoming the city’s creative hotspot, and this market, held once every two months, allows you to browse work by up-and-coming talent.


Big Ben

The towering, iconic timepiece is a must-see, and it’s close to several great affordable places to stay in Westminster. Better still, it’s part of Westminster Palace - home to the Houses of Parliament - so you can tick two landmarks off of your list while you go visit. What a bargain!

Address: Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London SW1 0AA

District: Borough of Westminster

Tower Bridge

There are prettier bridges, and there are bigger bridges, but there’s only one Tower Bridge. Backpackers and tourists flock to it in the hope of seeing it rise - that’s pretty cool, but the exhibition and the glass walkway 42 metres above the River Thames are even cooler. And much more reliable.


Address: Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 2UP, United Kingdom

District: Borough of Southwark

Phone: +44 20 7403 3761

London Eye

If you’ve just arrived in London want a bird’s-eye view of the city, head here. The Shard may be higher, but the Eye has a lovely riverside location. Book online in advance to beat the queues and grab a discount. The London Eye is not a super budget activity for someone trying to save up some pounds, but it's a must-see if you're staying in London for any period of time.


Address: Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB

District: Waterloo

Phone: 0870 990 8883

St Paul’s

When in London, one popular thing to do is to visit the spires of St. Paul’s Cathedral, the masterpiece of Sir Christopher Wren. Climb to the dome for amazing views over the city. Admission to this famous landmark costs £17 per adult and £15 for students, so it may not be the best activity for backpackers and students who are on a budget.


Address: St. Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD, United Kingdom

District: City of London

Phone: 020 7246 8350

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square is a public square onWestminster, in central London. This iconic square features some of London’s main attractions. Once in the square, you can find galleries, historic buildings, statues, and monuments, such as its famous lion statues and the Trafalgar Square fountains.


Address: Trafalgar Square London WC2N 5DN

District: West End Westminister

Stoke Newington

Great for pubs, independent shops, and vintage clothing, both students and backpackers will likely enjoy this neighborhood. It’s not on the tube but it’s easy to get there from Liverpool Street on the train, or you can take the bus.

District: Stoke Newington

Second hand Artsy Pubs

Hyde Park

Sometimes you need to escape the city. You don’t have to go far in London. Hyde Park is a huge green space in the centre of the city that contains Speaker’s Corner, the Serpentine Lake, and the Peter Pan Statue.

District: Borough of Westminster

Parks Peace and quiet Central

Camden Town

If you’re after music, markets, and an open air shopping experience, look for a hostel or student accommodation in Camden Town. Head past the congested high street to find the historic markets north of the canal. Eclectic and vibrant, Camden’s labyrinth of market stalls hides plenty of treasures.

District: Camden Town

Flea Market Concerts Peace and quiet

Buckingham Palace summer opening

Pop into Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s London residence between July and October. The Palace opens its doors every summer, allowing visitors to walk through 19 of the State Rooms and explore the Palace's Garden. During the rest of the year, the State Rooms are used for official entertaining and ceremonial functions.


Address: Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA, UK

District: Borough of Westminster

The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race

Each year, 250,000 people flock to the Thames riverbank each year to watch the famed boat race between the University of Oxfordand the University of Cambridge. Spanning 4.2-miles (6.8kms), the course runs betweenPutneyandMortlake. The boat race takes place in March every year, and although the exact 2022 dates are not yet confirmed, a 2022 race is planned to take place.


National Gallery Friday Lates - Free to Attend (Gallery + Pub)

Every 4th Friday of the month, join a group of fellow art lovers to check out the The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. The event starts around 19:15 and runs until around 00:30 the next morning. Visit world-class exhibitions and engage in conversations about art with fellow enthusiasts. The group meets on the2nd floor landing area of Sainsbury Wing. Make sure to RSVP at the Meetup group link prior to attending. You can find the link here!



The Wireless Festival is a rap music festival that takes place every year in London. Managed by Live Nation, the festival may not be in the budget for a backpacker or student, but if you have some extra cash, it is definitely worth it. Click the link to find out information about the festival in 2022.


Baozi Inn

Located in Chinatown,Baozi Inn serves Northern Chinese street food at a decent price. If you're craving Chinese food, look no further!


Address: 26 Newport Court London, WC2H 7JS

District: West End Westminister

Phone: 020 7287 6877

Berwick Street Market

One of the oldest markets in London, Berwick Street Market in SoHo is open Monday to Saturday from 8am until 6pm. You can get anything from falafel to fresh fruit. The market is super busy at lunchtime, so plan accordingly!


Address: Berwick Street, London W1F 0PH, United Kingdom

District: West End Westminister

Battersea Pie Station

Located in Covent Garden Market (not Battersea), Battersea Pie has mastered the art of that staple of British grub. Tuck into some lovely meat or veg encased in delicious pastry.


Address: 28 The Market, Lower Ground Floor, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8RA

District: West End Westminister

Phone: 020 7240 9566

The Lost Angel

Opulent interiors, art deco themed cocktails, and burlesque shows – what’s not to love? Lost Society promises well-priced drinks and a great night out.


Address: 339 Battersea Park Rd, London, SW11 4LS

District: Battersea

Phone: 020 7652 6526


Free entry before 10pm on Fridays, Cargo’s location under Shoreditch railway arches is as cool as the club itself. It hosts DJ nights, and it even has a great food menu.


Address: 83 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3AY, United Kingdom

District: Hackney South

Phone: 020 7739 3440


A café bar in Shoreditch, XOYO is renowned for its eclectic nights out; backpackers will fit right in with the colourful, friendly crowd. Plenty of familiar names have played at the club including Friendly Fires, Digitalism and Felix Da Housecat.


Address: 32-37 Cowper Street, London EC2A 4AP, United Kingdom

District: Hackney South

Phone: 020 7608 2878

Crosse Keys

The cheapest place to grab a drink in the UK is generally in a Wetherspoons. The Crosse Keys is part of the chain and it’s located in a converted bank. Enjoy the spacious pub, and its huge oval shaped bar.


Address: 9 Gracechurch St, London EC3V 0DR, UK

District: City of London

Phone: 020 7623 4824

Corsica Studios

You’re likely to experience a student night out in this trendy bar and club. If you’re into dubstep and garage then you’ll love Corsica. It’s a vibrant, exciting, and award winning venue.


Address: 4/5 Elephant Road, London SE17 1LB, United Kingdom

District: Borough of Southwark

Phone: 020 7703 4760

Brick Lane Market

Located in the Truman Market, this marketoperates every Sunday from around 9am to 5pm. Its food hall is home to 40 street food traders from all ove the world. Backpackers, students, and locals alike love this market from the vast variety of cuisines on offer. From Korean to Ethiopian, this market has it!


Address: 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QR

District: Borough of Tower Hamlets

Portobello Road

An antiques market since the 1800s,Portobello Road is still going strong and is more diverse than ever – and it’s a stone’s throw from some great affordable accommodations in Bayswater and Notting Hill.


Address: Portobello Road, London, W10 5TA

District: Notting Hill

Oyster Card

An Oyster Card allows you to travel around London on the tube and save money as you go! You can purchase one at the link.


Tkts Booth

Head to Leicester Square and grab some cheap tickets to some of London’s most celebrated theatre and musical performances. If you’re not too picky then this is the perfect option for absorbing some London-centric entertainment.


Santander Cycles

A Santander Cycle is an affordable, easy way to get around London! This popular bike rental costs £2 for unlimited bike journeys for up to 30 minutes.For journeys longer than 30 minutes, you can pay £2 for each additional 30 minutes. The bikes can be hired via the Santander Cycles app. The bikes do not need to get booked in advance.



There are five major airports in London. You can arrive in the British capital via Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick, Luton, or London City.

Getting into the city centre to find your dorm bed is easy, but as usual, it will take a bit longer if you want to save the pennies. From Heathrow, you can catch the fast – but expensive – Heathrow Express to Paddington Station, or save money by taking one of the regular Piccadilly Line trains. Gatwick has both an express service and standard local rail services into London Victoria, and from Stansted you can take the Stansted Express service into Liverpool Street station.


London has a number of mainline train stations including:

  • Waterloo: Trains to southwest London and south coast
  • Paddington: Trains to the west and Heathrow Airport
  • King’s Cross: Trains to the north and midlands
  • St Pancras: Trains to the north, midlands and continent (Eurostar)
  • Euston: Trains to the north and Scotland
  • Charing Cross: Trains to the south
  • Victoria: Trains to the southeast and south coast and Gatwick Airport
  • London Bridge: Trains to the south
  • Liverpool Street: Trains to the east and Stansted Airport

The city centre and many London suburbs are connected by the London Underground, also known as the Tube. Its eleven lines are colour-coded, and it’s easy to navigate the network using the iconic Tube Map. You can pick up a pocket copy at any underground station.


Backpackers and students travelling by bus will arrive at Victoria Coach Station, located in the centre of the city. It’s the place of arrival for most coaches into London. It’s about a 10 minute walk from the Victoria rail terminus (Victoria Line, suburban rail services and local bus services).

Getting around:

The city has an integrated travel system, and if you’re travelling on a daily or weekly ‘Travelcard’ you can hop between tube, bus and local rail services using the same ticket. There are nine travel zones so make sure that you buy a ticket that covers the zones you want to visit. By far the easiest way of managing your travel is to get an Oyster card. They’re available at any station and can be charged up with cash, allowing you to ride anywhere on the network on a ‘pay as you go’ basis.

It’s also worth travelling at off-peak hours as its can be much cheaper. There are also options to rent bicycles and experience the city on your own terms.

Language: English

Currency: Pound Sterling (£/GBP)

Voltage: 230 v

Timezone: Greenwich Mean Time Zone (UTC+00:00)

Dialing code: For international calls the United Kingdom’s telephone code is +44. The area code in London is 020.

Post offices:

Stratford Post Office

26  - 28 The Broadway, Stratford, London

Tel: +44 345 722 3344

Camden High Street Post Office

112 – 114 Camden High Street, Camden Town, London

Tel: 0345 722 3344

Belsize Park Post Office

199 – 205 Belsize Park, London

Tel: +44 20 7431 6985


The Royal London Hospital

Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1FR, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 20 7377 7000

University College Hospital

235 Euston Rd, London NW1 2BU, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 20 3456 7890

Open 24 hours

Tourist information:

St. Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8BX, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 20 7332 3456

Opening hours:

Traditional business opening hours are 9am – 5:30pm. But you’ll find some shops, plenty of restaurants, and even more bars and clubs that stay open far later.

Emergency numbers: The emergency services can be contacted on 999. Non-emergency services can be contacted on 111.