Top venues to party as a student in London

Sick of sitting in a filthy house eating Pot Noodle whilst playing Call of Duty? You need to go out and have a few cheap drinks and a kebab.

If you haven't already blown this week's budget on Findus Crispy Pancakes and Marlboro Lights then it'll be burning a hole in your pocket. What to do, what to do?

Can we suggest getting pretty well trashed (responsibly, of course) and gripping off with a stranger? Sounds better than getting stuck into that thesis, doesn't it?

Well, here's a list of the very best venues in London where you can run into more of your kind and discuss, at great length, the finer details of the perfect potato waffle and your ultimate daytime TV schedule. (If it doesn't include Homes Under The Hammer, you're an idiot.)

Mother Bar
333 Old Street EC1V 9LE
Region: The City
Nearest Station: Bethnal Green (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: A free, late night bar in the heart of Shoreditch? What could go wrong? The Mother Bar has welcomed those students looking for something a little different from their nights out for years. Its trad chic interior hosts an eclectic lineup of DJs every night.

  • OUR REVIEW 7/10
Ministry Of Sound
103 Gaunt Street SE1 6DP
Region: Lambeth
Nearest Station: Elephant & Castle (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: The Ministry hosts Milkshake, one of the capital’s biggest student nights. Five rooms of music so there’s something for everyone and drinks promotions for those with NUS. Plus, there’s a great sound-system to boot.

  • OUR REVIEW 6/10
Zoo Bar & Nightclub
13 - 17 Bear Street WC2H 7AQ
Region: Covent Garden
Nearest Station: Leicester Square

AIL Says: If you like to drink in central London for student prices then the Zoo Bar is the place to be on Monday nights. Cheesy divas and lads will be present en masse but for the prices, what’s a feather boa or two?

  • USERS 5/10
Moonlighting Night Club
17 Greek Street W1D 4DR
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Road (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Anybody that ever went to university in London knows of the pleasures of Wednesday night’s Cheapskates. If you can handle distinctly suspicious spirits then it’s only ever fun. Prepare for irony overload.

  • USERS 5/10
Hermits Cave
28 Camberwell Church Street SE5 8QU
Region: Camberwell
Nearest Station: Denmark Hill (0.3 miles)

AIL Says: Hip enough for the local Camberwell Art College, Hermit’s Cave is just a simple little pub with a good atmosphere. Made for afternoon drinking.

  • OUR REVIEW 7/10
22 Kingsland Road E2 8DA
Region: The City
Nearest Station: Hoxton (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Pop. Pop. Popular! Catch is the Shoreditch club that can do no wrong. Always full. Always cool. DJs, live bands, exhibitions and more. What the more is we don’t know, but it’s bound to be good!

  • OUR REVIEW 7/10
  • USERS 8/10
The Old Blue Last
38 Great Eastern Street EC2A 3ES
Region: Shoreditch
Nearest Station: Bethnal Green (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: By the same people that serve up Vice Magazine, this remains one of east London’s gems. It may have smartened itself up but its still a place to feel rocker any night of the week. Live bands and DJs and plenty of fun.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 7/10
St Moritz Club
159 Wardour Street W1F 8WH
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: The Soho subterranean club has been popular with London’s students for years. Catch Gaz’s Rockin’ Blues on Thursday nights to mix with the city’s art students and all those who like their music with a little soul.

  • OUR REVIEW 7/10
The Roxy
3 Rathbone Place W1T 1HJ
Region: Fitzrovia
Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Road

AIL Says: The Roxy is almost totally focused on the student crowd, and if not students then those who want to relive days gone by. King of the indie disco; visit for anything from The Strokes to the Kinks.

  • USERS 10/10

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