If you have a smartphone, the Student Pulse app is easily the greatest way to get tickets for under £10 to most of London’s most prestigious orchestras and venues: the London Symphony Orchestra, Barbican, Southbank Centre, BBC Symphony and many more. The app is easy to use, has cheaper deals than nearly all of the halls’ student prices, and also has a loyalty programme that lets you collect points with every purchased ticket, redeemable against vouchers for Spotify, Amazon or more. Best place to start!
Located in the City of London, the Barbican Centre consists of a full theatre, concert hall, cinemas and exhibition spaces. It is home to the London Symphony Orchestra, consistently rated among the greatest orchestras in the world, and puts on nightly shows that vary from Joshua Bell recitals, to Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet, to jazz, pop and world music. The Barbican runs a scheme called Young Barbican, which is free and easy to join for anyone 16-25 years old. Once on the scheme, you can book cheap tickets for a wealth of music, theatre, film and art events.
On the music and theatre side, Young Barbican gets you £5-£15 tickets for seats that could normally cost £50 or more. For film, the scheme also gets you £5 tickets for the Barbican’s three cinemas, which show many of the latest blockbusters . For the full details of discounted events, check out the link below.
Easily ranking among the most beautiful theatres in the world and steeped in theatrical tradition that dates back to 1732, the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden runs a constant stream of opera and ballet throughout the year. Demand for these performances is incredibly high and normal tickets can sell out months in advance for as much as £230, but the House’s student scheme gets you any of the 700 amphitheatre seats for select performances from as little as £1, to around £25.
Once signed on to the scheme, you’ll also get access to £10 tickets that are sold through email before each performance. The first student booking day will be October 19th, so signing up as soon as possible would be advantageous. Student registration is free, easy, and can be found here on thier website.
All of those plays, musicals and screaming marquees that we pass by on the stumble from LSE campus to Leicester Square have some kind of on-the-day discount ticket offer. Among these are familiar names like Les Miserables, Billy Elliot, and Wicked, as well as acclaimed new productions of Oresteia, The Book of Mormon and more. Many of these shows offer tickets for £10-20 on the day. These are generally sold when the box offices open at 10 AM, so people will queue up around 7-8 AM – a great opportunity to do early morning reading, yoga, or socializing while waiting. A comprehensive list of these on-the-day discounts can be found by clicking the button below.
This large complex on the Thames manages to host four of London’s professional orchestras, countless arts events and performances of every kind, and numerous free festivals every year, all within sight of both the Houses of Parliament and St Paul’s Cathedral. A 50% discount is available to students for every performance here, so with some tickets starting at £9, you can get access to world class arts for under a fiver. Many of the performances at Southbank are also on Student Pulse for £5-10, even if the concessions tickets on their website are all sold out.
Though Kevin Spacey’s 11 year tenure as the Old Vic’s artistic director has ended, this historic Southwark theatre still offers the best in London drama. There is no student discount scheme, but tickets start at £12 for all performances, and half of all seats for the first five previews of every production are priced at £10. For more information, visit The Old Vic website.
If you love chamber music, look no further than this smaller venue near Oxford Circus, boasting world renowned acoustics and near daily performances of the highest calibre. The performances here consist of smaller groups: soloists, singers or small ensembles. Wigmore Hall offers £5 tickets to all of its concerts for both students and people under 35, although the booking process is more complex than elsewhere. To register as a student you have to go to the actual box office with a student ID, where you’re entered into the discount system and e-newsletter. Alternatively, student bookings can be made by phone on 020 7935 2141.
This church on Trafalgar Square boasts an impressive selection of free lunchtime concerts, as well as some small student discounts on their main nightly performances, which tend to be big requiems and other choral pieces. Tickets start around £8.
One of the most famous jazz clubs in the world, it’s exactly how you’re picturing it: low lights, plush red seats, smooth talking and smoother jazz. Past performers include Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Chet Baker and many more, with most of the main act tickets pushing £40. Luckily, students get into the Late Late Show there (Mon-Thur from 11 PM, Sat from 1 AM) for £6 and all the jazz you could want.