London is one of the top Premier Inn short breaks destinations for tourists, students or business people. It’s fair to say that the bright lights attract people from all over the UK and indeed the world.  But how can you book a cheap hotel room in the capital? It can seem like an impossible task. We reveal how-to and other top tips in our blog.

When visiting the capital a lot of visitors don’t actually spend much time in their hotels as they are either sight-seeing, working or partying For that reason it’s fair to say that many don’t want to pay a lot of money for a room they’ll just sleep in. In light of that, cheap and budget hotels are really popular. In this guide, we’re here to show you the best Premier Inn locations and how to make sure you get your room for the best price when they send you an email confirmation.



If you enter ‘London’ into the location search bar (or data map) on you get 200 hotels and Premier Inn destinations 2024 in the results so there is plenty of choice. In some ways too much!  Where do you start?

There is also a variety of prices too from £31.50/night in Chiswick to £137 in Leicester Square!

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So our first tip, if you want a cheaper room for hotels in London is to look further away from the centre and popular tourist areas like Soho and Victoria (zone 1) to places a little further out can save you money. The Student Squirrel has highlighted some of these locations below and the average hotel rating of 4 stars from guest surveys.

Recommended Outdoor London Areas to Consider Staying

The below are areas that we recommend staying in when visiting London. Each of these areas has lots going on locally and the journey to the city centre is not far at all, this makes many of them ideal and great value for money.

  • Chiswick
  • Brixton
  • Archway
  • Clapham
  • Hammersmith
  • Putney Bridge
  • Hampstead
  • West Brompton
  • Hackney
  • Greenwich
  • Angel

Some Central Hotel Options to Consider

However, the distance from the centre of London does not always mean you can’t find cheaper rooms nearer the city centre. On the same search we found rooms between £50-£70/night in the following more central areas:

  • City (Old Street)
  • Spitalfields
  • Kings Cross
  • Aldgate
  • Farringdon
  • Tower Bridge
  • Tower Hill
  • Westminster Abbey
  • St James’s Park


Some of these London Premier Inns in the centre have cheap rooms, that is because they are Premier Inn hub hotels. This means they have more compact rooms than normal ie smaller but are a great way of offering students a cheaper stay.

While these hub rooms are smaller, they are stylish and contemporary and they have a priority of keeping guests safe. They have a Hypnos bed, large smart tv, free fast wifi, fold up desk and storage, free tea and coffee 24/7 and monsoon showers. Seeing as London is an expensive place for hotel rooms (often running into hundreds of pounds) unless you want to stay in a hostel and share with others in a dormitory, we think this is a great way for students to spend a night in the UK’s capital.

If you are coming to do tourist activities such as sightseeing, Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, the museums and take in London’s pubs and clubs, then you will probably want to stay in the centre. As you can see there are Premier Inn hotels all over the centre (or zone 1). While it’s a bit more expensive usually to stay here, there are some great locations that are close to the action and students will save some money on your travel card.


London also has a lot of universities. These include:

  • University of London
  • Imperial College London
  • Middlesex University
  • London Metropolitan University
  • University of East London
  • London South Bank University
  • University of Westminster
  • University of Greenwich
  • Central Saint Martins
  • Royal College of Art
  • University of Roehampton
  • London College of Fashion
  • Birkbeck
  • Brunel University
  • City University
  • Goldsmiths
  • King’s College
  • Kingston University
  • London School of Economics
  • Queen Mary University
  • Royal Holloway
  • SOAS
  • St George’s
  • St Mary’s Twickenham
  • University of the Arts
  • University of West London

So if you are visiting a fellow student at one of these London universities or maybe you are looking for accommodation in your first week of arriving, then do a search for the university in the location box on We tested ‘South Bank University’ and it actually came up in the search. Then there were 9 London Premier Inns within 2 mile using the map terrain satellite labels. What a result! Also in these Covid time they have a priority of keeping guests safe and their response to see how they do this.

If you are looking for a Premier Inn student discount, then make sure you check out for our guide to get all the latest updates on advanced booking discounts, book with confidence new range of flexible rates and other money-saving tips.


  1. I am sadly no longer student but I have seen your discount guide, can I still use of the discount code and promo codes off there?” Whilst we cater for the student market, many of the discounts that we list on rooms rates can be used by anyone. There are normally various terms and conditions attached to this and often discounts vary eg. discounts in May 2024 Mon Tue Wed Thu tend to be for business users, whilst though on Wed Thu Fri Sat cater for the student and tourist market. So just check any info when booking, it will also be included on any booking reference.
  2. How do I get the best room rates?” To get the best rooms rates you should search for a hotel and book as early as possible. With advanced bookings, you get the best prices. Occasionally there are also Premier Inn sales, but these are few and far between. It is possible to get a year in advance rates.
  3. “Is it possible to get cheap central London rooms?” Yes it is, however, London hotels are more expensive than other parts of the UK. Just follow the advice on this page and you can still get a relative cheap central London room.


London is one of the most popular destinations in the world, with a buzzing night-life, history, shops and culture it was it all However, visiting the capital doesn’t need to break the back. Take on board some of our tips, including staying further out, using official promo and voucher codes and booking in advance can all save you money, so you can spend on some more exciting experiences. Happy travels!

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