National Student Money Week 2018 runs from Monday 12 – Friday 16 February. This year’s theme is ‘Where I live’, so we are celebrating by sharing stories from students living all across London, whether that is home, private accommodation or halls of residence. Check out more stories like this and their local money saving tips!
1. Where is your neighbourhood?
I live in Elephant and Castle, in south-east London. It is right on the border of zone 1 and 2. I have found living in central London great, there are so many amazing and popular places to visit. It rarely takes me long to get anywhere.
2. Who do you live with?
Living with 7 other flatmates can be scary at first. None of us knew each other, but one of our flatmates is a third-year student and she had the amazing idea of getting all of each others’ numbers straight away to create a group chat.
This has helped things like organizing last-minute kitchen cleaning the night before an inspection. <Hehe>. We also made a Rota for taking out the bins, this is something I suggest everyone moving into halls to do.
3. What made you decide to live here while studying?
As well as wanting to meet people from my Uni, I particularly liked how safe and secure halls were. Which gave me peace of mind when moving into a city for the first time.
4. What is your favourite part of the local area?
I think Elephant and Castle can sometimes be represented badly and made out to be not a very nice place to live. Since living here, I have loved it though. The area is a really up and coming area for students and creative people alike, with lots of new buildings in development.
I moved to London from a seaside town in Devon. It was a bit of a drastic change. I had been to London countless times beforehand and I was so excited to be here whenever I was in the city.
I love being a 10 min walk from college and having a 24-hour McDonalds. Plus, there is every kind of bagel possible just down the road and it has been a godsend at times. I have created very fond memories with my friends, of us walking to get a bagel at 3 am and creating ‘the bagel song’.
5. Do you have any money saving tips about this area or why you chose to live here?
Find the Lidl. Thankfully there is one about a 15 minutes’ walk away and it has saved me a lot of money. It is a lot cheaper than going to the local smaller supermarkets.
I would also recommend making dinners in bulk so it will last you around 2-3 meals too, instead of just 1.