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Useful Student Apps for London Living

NU London | September 15, 2021

Starting university and moving to London can be a big step. There are so many things to do, places to see, and prices to compare!

We’ve compiled our top pics of apps that are useful for students around the city.

The categories we’ve put together are discount apps, travel apps and sightseeing apps.

Discount Apps


Unidays is one of the best discounts apps for students. Register with your university email address, and simply type in the name of the company you are looking for and the app will let you know of any available offers. Discounts can range from anything such as 15% off ASOS to 30% off Zizzi.

Get Unidays for Android

Get Unidays for iPhone

Student Beans

Student Beans also offers a wide range of discounts specifically targeted at students for a variety of products and companies. Get 10% off Gymshark and 20% off Ted Baker by registering with your student email address.

Get Student Beans for Android

Get Student Beans for iPhone


Totum is the latest update of NUS extra, offering over 350 student discounts and official age ID in the form of their discount card. Register with your student email address. Online registration is free, with a physical card and ID costing £24.99 for three years.

Get Totum for Android

Get Totum for iPhone

Save The Student

Save The Student provides useful information across the board for student life, including discounts, budgeting advice, accommodation and help with job hunting.

Get Save The Student for Android

Go to the Save The Student website

(Not available for iPhone)

Travel Apps


CityMapper offers an extensive travel map of London, showing the best public transport, walking, cycling and car routes to your destination. It also offers live updates on London transport so you know when to take an alternative route.

Get CityMapper for Android

Get CityMapper for iPhone

TfL Go App

Transport for London’s travel app is built around the Tube map, but offers journey plans and live updates for all public transport, walking, cycling and car routes around the city. The step-free mode also allows users to plan for an accessible journey.

Get TfL Go for Android

Get TfL Go for iPhone

London Tube Live App

The Tube Live App is specifically designed for users to easily navigate their tube journey and receive live updates from all the lines.

Get London Tube Live for Android

Get London Tube Live for iPhone

Santander Cycles App

The Santander Cycles App allows you to easily access their bike locations and have release codes sent straight to your phone. Plan your route on the app, and join the Santander Cycle London Riders to enter a weekly prize draw.

Get Santander Cycles for Android

Get Santander Cycles for iPhone

Sightseeing Apps

AccessAble App

AccessAble have reviewed 10,000s of restaurants, cinemas, theatres, public transport services, hotels, hospitals, universities and more to help you see where in London has the best accessibility.

Get AccessAble for Android

Get AccessAble for iPhone

National Trust App

Find out about some of the most exciting historic houses and gardens, archaeological sites and monuments around the city as well as the rest of the UK and Northern Ireland. The app allows you to save your favourite place, and use the ‘What’s On’ feature to plan a trip.

Get National Trust App for Android

Get National Trust App for iPhone

Hidden London App

Built after four years of research by historian and archaeologist Marcus Milligan, Hidden London is designed to tell you about all the best sights that don’t always appear on your typical tourist map. The app extends its locations to the Greater London Area (mostly within the M25).

Get Hidden London for Android

Get Hidden London for iPhone

The Pub Finder App

The Pub Finder does what it says in the title – the app provides an extensive list of over 26,000 pubs in London and around the rest of the UK. Try a pint somewhere new every time!

Get The Pub Finder for Android

Get The Pub Finder for iPhone

British Street Food App

The British St. Food app, designed by British Street Food Awards founder Richard Johnson is catered to show you the best and most hidden street food around the UK, including London. Daily specials, photos and reviews are also all available on the app.

Get British St. Food for Android

Get British St. Food for iPhone