3 places to visit on a day trip from London


With revision and exams well underway, you can probably start to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Work hard and get through these next few weeks, then you’ll be able to breath a sigh of relief and enjoy your summer. And there’s no better way to spend your free time than travelling the country.

Jump on a train from London and within no time at all you’ll find yourself in some unique and beautiful places to explore for the day. Here are just some of the top places you might like to add to your travel list…

1. Brighton
When the sun’s shining there’s only one place to go… the beach! And Brighton is a must for anyone looking for a trip to a lively seaside resort. A beautiful shingle beach for you to catch some rays, amusement arcades to relive your childhood memories and no shortage of shops, cafes and pubs to keep you entertained. Staying a little longer? Brighton is famous for its music culture, nightlife and festivals, so a night on the town is a must. Distance from London: 1 hour 15 minutes by train.

2. The New Forest
Escape the hustle and bustle of city living and relax in the tranquillity of the forest’s ancient woodland, open moors, heathland and cliff tops. Unwind with a leisurely walk amongst the beautiful scenery, or get active when you hire a bike or go horse riding through the forest. And when you’re done, refuel with a bite to eat at one of the many pubs, tea rooms or restaurants. Distance from London: 1 hour 30 minutes by train.

3. Oxford
Oxford is a city packed with historic buildings and beautiful architecture, which has led it to be nicknamed the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’.  And as a student in London, a visit to the home of one of the world’s oldest universities – The University of Oxford, and a city with academia at its core, should definitely make your travel list. Distance from London: 1 hour 30 minutes by train.

These are just a snapshot of some of the places you can easily reach from London. Other places include Southend on Sea, Cambridge, Cardiff and Portsmouth. So, the next time you have a day with nothing to do, hop on the train and see where it takes you!

If you would like to find out more about our London student accommodation and living with us here at The Curve, please contact us today on +44 (0)20 7377 5372 or email thecurve@host-students.com.

Travel for less as a student


As a student living in London, you might not have a car with you to travel around the city. And if you do, is it really worth using it? If you’re off to lectures, meeting friends for dinner or heading out for a shopping spree, you’ll probably find it quicker and more cost effective to travel around London on foot or via public transport. And as a student, getting around doesn’t have to be costly with many discounts available to you…

18+ Student Oyster Card
One of the main transport networks across London is The London Underground (or tube). And getting around is made even easier and cheaper if you have an Oyster card. The Oyster card is a re-usable plastic card – the same size as a debit or credit card, which you can load money onto and simply swipe to get in and out of tube stations. Alternatively, you can purchase a monthly or weekly travel card and this will be added onto your Oyster card. But did you know as a student you can get 30% off the price of adult-rate Travelcards? All you need to do is apply for an 18+ Student Oyster photocard.

16 -25 Railcard
Whether you’re visiting family, exploring the countryside or attending a weekend festival, if you’re travelling further afield and commuting on the train, why not invest in a 16-25 Railcard? If you’re aged between 16 and 25 you can save 1/3 off rail fares, and if you’re a mature student you can apply for a discount card too. The Railcard will cost you just £30 a year, so in just a few trips the card will have easily paid for itself. Or, make even bigger savings by paying just £70 for a three year Railcard – that’s the equivalent of just £23.33 a year!

International Student Identity Card
As a student, you can even save money when you’re travelling abroad (or at home) with an International Student Identity Card (ISIC). The ISIC card is the only internationally recognised student ID card, and it gives you access to over 42,000 discounts around the world including offers on travel, shopping, accommodation, food, entertainment and transport. For just £12 a year, the ISIC card is definitely something worth considering investing in!

When staying with us at our student accommodation at The Curve in London, you won’t have far to go to travel around the city. We’re located just a few minutes’ walk away from both Whitechapel Overground station and Aldgate East Underground. If you would like to find out more about our London student accommodation and living with us here at The Curve, please contact us today on +44 (0)20 7377 5372 or email thecurve@host-students.com.