How to see the UK on a budget (tips for students)

How to see the UK on a budget (tips for students)

Traveling alone or in groups can be very expensive, especially if you are visiting London or other main cities. However, if you follow our guide then hopefully we can help you save the money you need for another wonderful adventure abroad. Thus, below you will find all the information on how to see the UK on a budget




In the UK, you can use public transports to get around the city you are visiting. These include:

  • Buses – It is more suitable for those who are traveling inside one city. If you are thinking of going to all those attractions in one day, you can purchase an all-day ticket which can save you more than getting a return or single ticket. That way you can travel using buses to anywhere within the zone. Specifically, you could also use the sightseeing tour buses in many cities that will take you to popular sites!


  • Train – Trains can be cheaper and quicker to travel from town to town. For those who are traveling to the UK to study or stay for a longer term then you can purchase a railcard to save you money when taking the train. For traveling in cities such as London, you can purchase an Oyster card to make your traveling easier!

For those who travel in groups of 4 or 5, hiring a car is an alternative option to travel if one of you have a driving license.

Nonetheless, it is best to book your tickets in advance to save costs when using public transports or flights. We recommend using booking sites such as Trainline, Red Spotted Hanky, Megabus. Virgin Trains can sometimes work out cheaper than booking sites as they sometimes offer a cheaper price if you book a few months in advance.

UK on a budget



In the UK, some museums are free to visit and yet, some requires an entrance fee. For free museums, they may ask for a small donation although that is not essential. Read on Trip Advisor before your trip to see which ones have the best reviews! If you know which ones you want to go then be sure to check out Groupon to see whether or not there is a deal so that you can save that extra cash! There may also be free events in the local area so research them beforehand!



Living/ Eating

If you are traveling to the UK to study then you may want to look at the average prices for rent in the towns or cities. Spareroom can help you find a room to stay with other flatmates similar to you.

On the other hand, you can use Airbnb to look for accommodations provided by hosts. They offer a cheaper and cost-effective way for short-stays than hotels. You can also use B&B (Bed and Breakfast) accommodations that are also relatively cheap. If you are a solo traveler then hostels are recommended for you as you can meet other people similar to you. However, always ask for advice when traveling alone and be careful when staying in an unknown location on your own.

You should also be prepared to pay more in certain cities such as London and rather than eating out all the time, you may choose to buy and cook your own food if you have the facilities. If you are eating out in London then be aware that there may be a service charge incurring.

How to see the UK on a budget (tips for students)



One of UK’s cheapest retailer is Primark and you can buy clothing there rather than bigger brands that cost ten times more. Remember if you are a student then you can use your student card to get discounts. Don’t forget that you can also get a tax refund from many shops so that can save you more money! Finally, we recommend that you should avoid tourist shops. Although they have a lot of cultural/ iconic items to purchase, their prices tend to be more expensive.


How to see the UK on a budget (tips for students)


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What to do if you don’t know where to study?

What to do if you don’t know where to study?

Following the requests from our users, Hellouni provides some tips on what do if you don’t know where to study!


Consider what you enjoyed at school

With a wide range of school subjects available in school, you may have one particular subject that you enjoyed the most. If that is the area you are interested in then why not choose that as a course in University?

What to do if you don't know where to study?


Take note of what grades you achieved in exams

You may have a few subjects that you have done particularly well in. You could progress into university studying those subjects based on the grades you have achieved thanks to your hard work!

What to do if you don't know where to study?


Have a specific career in mind

If you already know which career you want to pursue in, then all you need to do is to find out which university degree you need. In the UK, it is not imperative for graduates to work in a field related to their degree. This mean graduate can work in another industry that does not relate to the degree they earned. Therefore, if you have achieved your degree but do not want to work in that area, then you can take your degree and work in a completely different field! 

What to do if you don't know where to study?

Attend Open days

Going to Open days is a good idea to find out more about those universities that you are interested in the study. For many of these universities in the UK, you will need to book in advance to secure your place. As each university are different, their dates for their Open days are unlikely to be on the same date! So check on their university website to find out more. Remember to take the opportunity to ask the staffs about any questions you have in mind.



Read course content

If you have doubt about which courses you should study then you should read the course content available on university websites or prospectuses. It will tell you what you will be studying in that course during your 3-4 years in university. You should also research into it by asking people on forums if you want to know more, ask ambassadors of the university, or speak to a friend or family members.

What to do if you don't know where to study?


The location of the university could be one important factor to consider when deciding where to study. Furthermore, the decision to apply for a specific university could be based on what to university is famous for. Search on the web to find out which university you could study in near you or try out our app for free to see which university suits you!

What to do if you don't know where to study?


It is okay to feel unsure of what you want to do or where to study. Many people experience the same thing as you do. Just remember to ask for help and talk to someone who has the knowledge to help you to make the right decision.



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Five Ways to Save Money While Studying Abroad

Five Ways to Save Money While Studying Abroad

Studying abroad can seem very expensive, and in some ways it is. However, if you learn how to manage your money, living in another country can be surprisingly affordable. Nevertheless, you want to get the most out of your study abroad experience. Thus by saving a little each month, you can ensure you have the chance to travel the country and enjoy all of the new opportunities that are available there. In order to help you with your money, Hellouni presents five ways to save money while studying abroad:



Create a Budget

This is the most obvious tip for saving money. However, it really is essential if you do not want to spend too much too quickly. It may be a good idea to use your first month of studying abroad as a trial period. You can see how much you spend and use this to estimate a budget for the rest of the year. However, it is important to bear in mind that the first month may be the most expensive due to purchasing homeware and everything you need to start off. Calculate how much you spend specifically on rent, food, social activities. Moreover, take into account things like clothing, and decide if you should cut back on some expenses next month. The money you are left with each month can be put into savings to use later.

Five Ways to Save Money While Studying Abroad


Avoid Expensive Card Fees

Small charges on withdrawing money from an ATM using a card from your home country can quickly add up. For this reason, it is ideal to set up a new additional bank account. By setting it up in the country of studies, you will not incur international charges for withdrawing money. If your parents are sending you money they could send it every three/four months rather than transfer every month. These tips can go a long way in preventing excessive spending where nothing is received in return.



Save on the Little Things

As much as you may think you do, you do not need to buy a coffee out every day. While you want to enjoy yourself as much as possible, cutting back spending on food and drinks out can really increase savings over time. A regular Starbucks coffee is around £3.30. If you buy coffee out every weekday, you could save £66 a month by buying coffee and milk. However, this means getting up earlier and making coffee in your flat. Alternatively, having half the amount of coffee out a month would still save you £33.

Five Ways to Save Money While Studying Abroad


Travel Cheaply

Transport is an area which may be one of the easiest to save money in. As an international student wanting to see the country, you may often use trains to visit new places as they are efficient and good quality. For international students in the UK: if you are aged between sixteen and twenty-five you can buy a railcard. This only costs £30 and reduce the price of rail tickets by a third on every journey you take. It is definitely worth the money. You can also consider saving money by taking buses rather than taxis in the city center, as these are cheap and widely available in most UK cities. If you do decide to travel to other parts of Europe, it is possible to get very cheap flights. Also, look out for sales, use a budget airline such as Ryanair or EasyJet, and use the Skyscanner website to find the cheapest flights for the destination you want to go to.

Five Ways to Save Money While Studying Abroad



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Tips for sightseeing in the UK

Tips for sightseeing in the UK

While there are many iconic places to visit in the UK, Hellouni team focused on the cities we know best: Glasgow, Edinburgh, and London. These places provide a unique experience to anyone thinking of coming to the UK to travel. However, they are also an exciting destination to study abroad. Therefore, here we present tips for sightseeing in the UK!

Visit Scotland: Glasgow

In the heart of Glasgow, there are many museums that you can visit within walking distance:

Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery
Ranging from the natural history of prehistoric animals, Ancient Egypt collection and Scottish history and archaeology to Scottish Art and Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style, you will find a vast and extensive display of different themes.

Riverside Museum
With an impressive exterior appearance and housing over 3,000 objects for display such as the world’s finest cars, ship models, and locomotives, this transport museum will impress visitors of all ages.

Hunterian Museum (at University of Glasgow)
Known as Scotland’s oldest public museum, the museum displays a diverse collection of archaeology, zoology, and geology etc. 

People’s Palace and Winter Garden
The People’s Palace displays a collection of historical artifacts, photographs, prints and film which tells the story of how people lived in Glasgow from 1750 to the end of the 20th century. Moreover, you can take a stroll in the beautiful Winter Garden with the view of exotic palms and plants.

The Lighthouse
A visitor center with various ongoing exhibitions and events that promotes design and architecture. Nevertheless, It is also the ideal place to start your Mackintosh tour of Glasgow.



As the capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh hosts many attractions that are well known to the public. While there is the Scottish Parliament, Scots Monument, and the Scottish National Galleries, there are also many other places for sightseeing that are enjoyable for any visitors coming to the city:

Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh castle is one of the tops must-see places as it locates closely to the busy center of the city. Its’ rich history, a collection of treasured items and greatest guns of medieval Europe boasts to be one iconic destination that you must not give a miss!

Ghost tours

For those who want to embark on a thrilling adventure, the ghostly tours at the Underground Vaults is the tour right for you. In addition, it is one of Edinburgh’s most haunted sites, therefore you may be lucky enough to see the restless spirits right before your own eyes.


Visit England: London

Despite being the capital city of the UK, London is also the leading tourist destination in the world. With so many sightseeing locations in London, where do you start? Well, rest assure as we give you 10 attractions on our bucket list:

  1. Big Ben
  2. London Eye
  3. Buckingham Palace (N.B. Must book in advance)
  4. The Shard (N.B. It is cheaper in the morning)
  5. Harry Potter Studio Tours
  6. Madame Tussauds
  7. The Tower of London
  8. London Bridge and Tower Bridge
  9. The British Museum
  10. West End Shows


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Six Celebrities Who Studied at UK Universities

The UK has long been a popular location for celebrities to pursue degrees. From British born celebrities, to stars who chose to study abroad in the UK, there is no shortage of talent that has attended British universities. Actors, singers, writers and even a US President, here is a look at six celebrities who decided the UK was the place for them.



The lead singer of the band, Chris Martin, met guitarist Johnny Buckland during orientation week at University College London (UCL). Martin studied ancient world studies and Buckland astronomy and mathematics. They planned forming a band during their first year, and later met the other bandmates at the university, as well as their future manager.


Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird novelist Harper Lee studied law at the University of Alabama but left to pursue her writing ambitions. However, in the summer of 1948 she returned to education to study abroad at the University of Oxford in England. Lee’s novel was not published until she was thirty-four years old, and her university experience undoubtedly played a role in furthering her natural writing talent.


Hugh Grant

Well known actor and film producer Hugh Grant also attended Oxford University at New College, but studied there for his full university experience. His degree was in English Literature but Oxford provided the perfect opportunity for him to work on acting alongside his studies. It was at Oxford that he made his first film debut, starring in Privileged, the first release from the Oxford Film Foundation.


Gerard Butler

Scottish actor Gerard Butler, known for movies such as P.S. I Love You, Nim’s Island, Lara Croft Tomb Raider and 300, studied law at the University of Glasgow. He was the President of the university law society and his first job was as a trainee lawyer at an Edinburgh law firm. He soon moved to London to become an actor, and had various jobs before his first professional acting job at the age of twenty-seven.


Bill Clinton

The UK was a study abroad location for a notable former US President. After receiving a degree from Georgetown University, Bill Clinton won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, which was where he studied Politics. He later returned to the US and attended Yale Law School, but Oxford proved a valuable experience. During his time in England he started playing rugby and participated in protests, such as those opposing the Vietnam War.


Paul Rudd

American actor Paul Rudd, star of comedies, chick flicks and action movies, took some time away from the University of Kansas to study Jacobean drama at the British American Drama Academy. Given the success of his career now, it seems he made a good choice. Among other students of the academy is Friends star David Schwimmer and Orlando Bloom, who both attended for a period of time.

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Author: Caitlin Allan