Like all students, you'll want to make sure you're spending your money wisely. Overpaying for food is one way students can waste money quickly and needlessly. The good news is that there are great places to eat out in London that are inexpensive – it’s just a case of knowing where to find them.
Beigel Bake, Brick Lane (E1 6SB)
Beigel Bake is a really convenient snack-stop which is only a short distance from our City accommodation in Barbican. It's also open 24/7, so it's the perfect place to stop off for some food on the way home after a night out.
The speciality is bagels, which are served fresh all day and night, costing just 25p each. If you’ve a bit more to spend, salt beef with mustard or smoked salmon with cream cheese are two really popular fillings. Fresh pretzels are a good alternative to bagels, whilst croissants and apple strudels cost under a pound and are perfect for eating on the go.
Regency Cafe, Pimlico/Westminster (SW1P 4BY)
Regency Cafe is a classic British restaurant, meaning the menu is packed with all the traditional breakfast dishes you'd expect. It opened the year after the Second World War ended, and has kept the look of a timeless British cafe.
£6 will get you a 'Full English' breakfast, served with toast and a mug of tea – plus change. In 2013 it was voted the fifth best restaurant in London by a Yelp survey in which more than a million people took part. Movie fans might be interested to learn that the cafe was used as a set for the film Layer Cake, which made Daniel Craig a star when it was released in 2004.
Kerbisher & Malt, Hammersmith (W6 7PB)
Kerbisher & Malt is a unique fish and chip shop that brings traditional and modern ideas together. It's on the same road as our Hammersmith accommodation – less than a five-minute walk away. You can choose between haddock, cod, plaice, pollock and coley, which is battered and cooked fresh to order. Whether you take your meal back to your room or stay in and enjoy it in the restaurant area is up to you.
Kerbisher & Malt has won Esquire magazine's 'Best Contemporary Chippy' award, and has made it into numerous lists, such as The Evening Standard's 'Top 5 London Chippies' and The Times' 'Top 50 Cheap Eats in the UK' – so you really don't want to miss out on this one.
Borough Market, Southwark (SE1 1TL)
With its thousand-year history, Borough Market is one of London's oldest, largest and most popular shopping attractions – and it's right by our Bankside accommodation.
You can easily spend the whole day browsing here, with stalls selling fresh British produce alongside an exciting range of international foods. With stalls like The French Comte, Bianca e Mora and Wildes, cheese connoisseurs are spoilt for choice. The same goes for meat-lovers, with specialists selling everything from beef to poultry.
Borough Market takes good care of vegetarians too, with lots of people selling fresh fruits and vegetables – including some rare varieties you may not find elsewhere. You should also look out for stalls handing out free samples, so be sure to take advantage of that whenever you can - just remember the market's closed on Sundays.
Food For Thought, Covent Garden (WC2H 9PR)
Food For Thought serves vegetarian dishes to eat in or take away. It's found in the heart of popular Covent Garden, so you can eat and go exploring afterwards. The menu changes daily and is mainly made up of home-cooked dishes like soups, curries and quiches. Salads are also very popular, which is the perfect choice if you're health-conscious.
Lunch costs around £5, whilst evening meals are under £10. The house cookbook is sold over the counter and has many of the restaurant recipes in it - which will come in handy when you're cooking meals back at your accommodation.
Affordable food on your doorstep
The convenient location of our Pure Student Living accommodation sites means that you're never more than a few minutes away from great food. Have a browse through our halls and see which you like best!