Getting Around in London

Getting around London can be confusing, but this handy guide will keep you on the right track!


1. Get an Oyster card

This can be used on buses, the tube and some other services. It will save you time and money, especially if you link it to your bank account to instantly top itself up when you’re running low on credit. Find out how here.

2. Plan your Journey

Use the TFL website to plan journeys around London. This will let you know the quickest route and how long it takes. And use National Rail’s website for journeys outside of London. Another handy website and app is Citymapper (the ‘get me home’ button can be particularly useful)


3. Sometimes Walking is Best

With heavy traffic in central London sometimes walking is your best bet. Use Google Maps to find your way around, and check out this helpful guide of stations that are quicker to walk between than to take the tube. It might surprise you!

4. Student Rates

You might be eligible for a student Oyster card. This could make you lots of savings if you use it everyday. But be careful as if you don’t use the tube/buses every day then you might be better off without one. Find out details and benefits here.

5. Know where you’re going!

This might sound silly but with many different sites UAL covers the whole of London, so make sure to check your timetable carefully as the location of your classes may not be the same every week. This is especially true near hand in, where your submission location might be somewhere you’ve never been before. So check carefully and look it up before you leave to save some stress at hand in!


Competition: Design a mural for Elliott’s Row Pocket Park

Elliott’s Row Pocket Park is a small but public outdoors space in Elephant & Castle, and they’re looking for a mural design celebrating Britain’s wild flowers.  The winner will get a £1,000 budget to cover the costs of designing and creating the mural.  Here it is on a map - if you fancy visiting and getting inspired!

Download your information pack and get applying over here.

The closing date is at midnight on Tuesday the 30th of September.


How to Manage your Money


Managing your finances when you’re a student can be tricky, especially if this is your first time living away from home. You might feel like you’ve just won the lottery when your first student loan comes in, but resist the urge to spend it all at once. To help you out we’ve put together our top five tips for making that loan stretch the whole year.

1. Make a budget


A good place to start is the Student Calculator. Simply fill in your loan details, as well as income and expenses, and this handy online tool will let you know how your finances are looking. This is an important exercise as it will show you if you have enough money to last the term and will highlight any areas in which you’re over-spending.

2. Get an NUS Extra card


It costs just £12 to get an NUS Extra card, which will get you discounts between 10-50% in 160 participating retailers including the Co-opASOSAmazon and McDonalds to name a few. 

3. Learn to cook


Learning how to cook quick and easy meals at home is a lot cheaper than eating out in London. Check out Sorted Food’s website and YouTube channel where you can follow along to easy and delicious recipes.

4. Get a Student Travelcard


If you often make the same journeys across London for university, work or any social activities, investing in a weekly Student Oyster Travel card can work out a lot cheaper than a regular pay-as-you-go Oyster. Check out the TFL website for more info on the benefits. Also if you get a Young Person’s Rail Card not only does this get you a 1/3 off all your rail tickets but you can also link it up to your Oyster card :)

5. Look for discounts


There are discounts available for almost everything if you know where to look! Student Beans has a regularly updated discount page where you can find vouchers for a variety of retailers. A good way to pay less for food is to visit your local market near closing time when lots of items will be discounted, or check out the reduced to clear section of the supermarket.

We hope that these tips will help you to budget successfully - in the meantime, if you need any help or advice visit for details on how to contact our trained Advice Service team. 


Creative Opportunity @solarboxlondon

Social enterprise Solarbox London Ltd are currently looking for a winning design to adorn the exterior of their very first kiosk which is launching outside Tottenham Court Road station in September.

Powered by the sun, sustained through advertising, solarbox turns Central London’s disused telephone kiosks into wireless, solar-powered, public charging points for smart phones.

Solarbox is a FREE service which offers the user a space where they can stand and charge their phone inside the kiosk.

They are looking for bright, bold and inspiring designs by 27th August.

The base layer of the solarbox will be luminous green (RAL number: 6038). Be as innovative as possible with ideas and materials but think along the lines of: 




If you think you can put your creative stamp on this new green initiative then please submit your design to


Skip Garden: KX’s best kept secret


With all this sunshine around, there’s nothing better than catching a lunch outside.

The Skip Garden, just behind Central Saint Martins, is a perfect gem bringing you tasty treats in a romantic make-shift garden among the Kings Cross redevelopment site.

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9 websites for what’s on in London

Welcome back to #FreshersFriday!  This week we’re giving you 9 of the best sites you’ll need to bookmark for those “oh my god what should I do this week/end?” moments.


1: Time Out 
Also comes as a magazine – look out for it on Tuesday morning at tube stations. 
The site lets you select what you’re looking for, when you’re looking to do it, and (if you’re feeling choosy) where.  The section Cheap London is especially handy while adapting to life on a student budget: cheap eats, free comedy, the best thrift shops and car boot sales!  
Sign up to their newsletter for offers, events, competitions and news.

2: Twenty Something London
If Time Out is a little mainstream for you, head over to Twenty Something London.   It’s a small team working to bring you the very best of all things independently run in London - from dinner clubs to discos and screenings to sing-alongs.  
They’re also good for a bit of fun advice, like 9 things we bet you didn’t know about London.

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Opportunity for MA Graduates: South Place Hotel Competition

If you have recently completed an MA at UAL, then you are eligible to enter the South Place Hotel’s annual competition for a public artwork, which could win you £5,000 and £500 towards realizing your design! 
Read on for more info, download the information and application form, and enter your design by the 5th of September.

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Warning: London Fire Brigade Strikes

Between Saturday 9th August and Saturday 16th August, the Fire Brigade’s Union will be taking strike action due to government changes to firefighters’ pensions scheme.  The strikes will take place between 12pm-2pm and 10.59pm-11.59pm daily within this period.

 Ron Dobson, London Fire Commissioner, urges you to take control measures during this time. 

 “Included below is a list of some of the actions you could consider if the strike action goes ahead:

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Fancy starring in a music video?

This Sunday Tara Lee will be in London to shoot her upcoming music video, Paradise - and she wants YOU!

She’s already taken Ireland by storm - reaching the top of the iTunes and Google Play Store with her EP.

You’re welcomed (encouraged, even!) to use it as the last part of Saturday night, as it takes place from 6am-8am at Brixton Jamm, where you’ll be ‘fake clubbing.’

The Facebook event is here.  Go on, you know you want everyone in Ireland to know how cool you are - and when she’s big in the UK you can do the ‘I was into Tara Lee before she was cool' bit.


Art & Design & Football: Emma Allen

Whether you love the World Cup or you wish it would go away - London based artist Emma Allen has finally found a way to make football collide with art and design.  The photograph of her hands and body painted like the World Cup trophy went viral today.

Check out the story online, or over a stranger’s shoulder on the tube like I did.


Beatriz Sanches: #Braziliant UAL!

SUARTS are joining the buzz around the World Cup by using the opportunity to celebrate UAL’s Brazilian alumni and current community!  Stay tuned for some #Braziliant art and design around this theme.

Beatriz Sanches graduated from the MA in Graphic Design at London College of Communication in 2012, and continued her studies undertaking short courses in Illustration at Central Saint Martins, including Drawing Café Society and Children Illustration Books.  Her work has been featured and sold through Made in Arts London, and her interview with them includes her guide to spending the perfect day in Sao Paulo: samba, street art and 24-hour bakeries – take note if you’re travelling there this summer!

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Mariana Jungmann: #Braziliant UAL!

World Cup fever is upon us, but SUARTS are joining the buzz by taking the opportunity to celebrate University of the Arts London’s Brazilian alumni and current community!  Stay tuned to see some #Braziliant art and design.


LCFMA14 catwalk show

Mariana Jungmann graduated from her MA at London College of Fashion in December 2013, and her final collection featured in London Fashion Week in February and gained attention from Vogue, Time Out and The Independent - to name a few!

Childhood memories were a source of inspiration for the final collection, and she recalls the enchantment of learning how to make lace in Sao Paulo - a technique she has developed and still uses in her designs today.


From the A/W 14 collection - see more here

She was awarded the SEED Fund Award by UAL to launch her business in the UK, and is part of the Centre for Fashion Enterprise, which offers guidance and advice to those working in the fashion industry.  Mariana observed that not all students know that these things are available – so maybe these resources could help you too!

Recently, one of Jungmann’s garments was worn onstage at Radio 1’s Big Weekend by Chalin, the lead singer of Juce.  Tell us that’s not living the dream?


Unearthly Synthesis at Asylum Gallery, Peckham

Last night saw the unveiling of Unearthly Synthesis, an exhibition featuring work by 14 students from all over UAL, held at Asylum Gallery in Peckham – which isn’t your standard white cube space!

The exhibition is led by arts-community platform Never Drawn and supported by the Students Initiative Fund.  Fear not if you missed out last night – they have plenty of beers left and friendly opening hours (join the Facebook event here).

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