The Best Places To Eat In London On A Student Budget
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The Best Places To Eat In London On A Student Budget

Caitlin Hamill April 17, 2022

London is an extremely expensive city when it comes to dining out, but it is full of hidden gems – some of which are friendly to the student budget. Here is a list of my favourite places to eat in London that won’t break the bank.

Ping Pong

This Chinese dim sum restaurant chain boasts several branches across London, including Soho and Covent Garden. Their menu offers everything from dumplings, to bao buns, gyoza and handcrafted cocktails. Their ‘Don’t Give a Shiitake’ menu runs weekdays, 3-6pm, and offers half-price food and drinks on selected food and delicious cocktails, perfect for students looking to save money.

China Town

Head down to China Town in Soho, wander the colourful streets and pick up a bite to eat. China Town has so much to offer: fried chicken, bao buns, bubble tea… the list goes on and on. A favourite of mine is Bun House who specialise in fluffy bao buns. They offer sticky pork, curry chicken, cumin lamb, beef brisket, a vegetable bun or a custard bun. Buns cost £3.30 each or you can get four for £11.

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This delicious Brazilian restaurant chain serves cheesy dough balls, sizzling steaks, juicy burgers and a large selection of cocktails. Get down to their Stratford Olympic Stadium, Wembley Stadium and The O2 Arena branches, where your student card will earn you 20% off.

Flat Iron

This famous steakhouse has multiple locations across central London and offers steak for just £12. The restaurant offers complimentary popcorn as you wait, as well as free dessert – homemade chocolate soft serve ice cream. What could get better as a student than free things?


Pick up a pizza from just £3.95 at these traditional Italian pizzerias located in Goodge Street and Camden. The menu offers everything from a magherita, to a brunch pizza, as well as vegan pizzas. These thin crust pizzas are the real deal. The branches also offer fresh juices, smoothies, sides and dessert.

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These places all serve amazing food and don’t leave too much of a dent in your wallet, which is perfect being a student on a budget.

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Caitlin is a freelance journalist who is currently studying journalism at Kingston University. She is an expert in entertainment news - especially music and film. Nominated for Most Promising Journalist in her first year, she has nothing but passion for writing.