Living in London is crazy-expensive. So, if it’s one of those days where you want to treat yourself (or you just can’t be bothered to cook), then the struggle to convince yourself to go to a restaurant is real. This is particularly true if you’re a student and you don’t have a big budget.
However, finding good restaurants that offer student discounts can be difficult if you don’t know where to look. Now, granted that places like McDonald’s have prices that are so low that you don’t really need a student discount. But, if you’re in the mood for something that’s a little fancier without wanting to pay exorbitantly high rates, then this article is for you. So, look no further! Read on to see the top restaurants that offer student discounts in London.
1. ASK Italian
ASK Italian offers some amazing deals on presentation of a valid NUS card—40% off on your total bill on Mondays and Tuesdays, and 25% off on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
Where: Marble Arch, South Kensington, and more
2. Honest Burgers
Get 30% off every day (except Fridays) between 2:00 and 5:30 pm for fresh locally-sourced burgers with gourmet buns. Just present a valid student ID on arrival and upgrade from McD to a fancier yet affordable burger.
Where: Holborn, Covent Garden
If it’s good Mexican food you’re after, get 25% off on your meal on any day of the week. But this is provided you order 2 or more main meals, and are not availing any other offer (such as the lunch & breakfast menus, specials, etc.), so maybe you’re better off going here in a group.
4. Cabana the O2
Come over to the Cabana Brasil restaurant for a taste of Rio de Janeiro, and get a whopping 20% off on your food bill. Chill out, dig into fried finger food, enjoy a few drinks, and just have a good time without worrying too much about the expenses.
Where: East London, Greenwich.
5. Absurd Bird
Head on over to Absurd Bird for absurd student discounts. Enjoy 50% off on all food on Sundays and Mondays with UNiDAYS, so munch on fried chicken to your heart’s content.
6. Ping Pong
Experience the best of both table tennis and dim sum at Ping Pong. Get 20% off with UNiDAYS, and 15% off on presentation of a valid student ID. So, grab a few people and head on over for some healthy competition. Psst…loser buys the drinks!
Where: Southbank, Soho, Covent Garden, St. Katherine Docks, Bow Bell’s House, Shepherd’s Bush.
7. Pizza Express
Have an NUS extra card? Put it to good use when at Pizza Express. Get 40% off on your food and drink bill on Mondays and Tuesdays, and get 20% off on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Wanna know the best part? It works online too! So feel free to place an order to UberEats or Deliveroo if you’re not feeling up to stepping outside your dorm.
Where: Since there are so many all over London, find your closest PizzaExpress here.
In the mood for some ramen? Or does sushi tickle your fancy?. Either way, get 15% off your bill when you order in-store after 3 pm on Monday through Friday, and enjoy a quick Asian fusion meal at Itsu.
Where: There are 77 Itsu stores in London. Find your nearest one here.
Signing up to Belushi’s student offers can get you heaps of exclusive goodies, from £3 pints to £2.50 Jagerbombs to cater for your night out. And to top it off, they offer 25% off food, giving you the perfect excuse to swing by the next day for greasy lunch to nurse your hangover.
Where: Camden, London Bridge, Greenwich.
Looking for some vegan options? Why not head over to our guide on where to find the best vegan restaurants in London?