Cheap flights to the UK

Best student & youth fares right now to the UK

Considering booking a flight to the UK? Take a look below at some of our best student and youth fares on flights to the UK right now. And if you’re not seeing a flight within your price range, or one that fits your travel dates, fear not. These get updated daily so just head back here tomorrow.

Student flights from Australia to the UK

The United Kingdom, the perfect starting point for a backpacking trip around Europe. Or the perfect place to study or work abroad. It’s an incredibly diverse place, considering it’s made up of four separate countries; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Making it a great choice for your next trip!

Head to one of the capital cities. We’re talking about London, Edinburgh, Belfast or Cardiff. Or if you’re wanting to get away from it all, the UK has some spectacular beaches (some that almost rival those in Australia), beautiful national parks and quaint coastal towns and country villages.

And right now we’ve got some pretty awesome discounts on student and youth flights to the UK. Meaning when you land you’ll have heaps of money left for actually enjoying your trip. And if you’re wanting to save even more with us, you can sign up to become a StudentUniverse member too. It’s totally free and only takes a couple of minutes to do. Once you’ve signed up you’ll get access to some sweet offers and discounts.

map of the UK showing main airports

What are the main UK airport hubs?

There are a number of main airport hubs in the UK. Which one you fly into depends on the area of the UK you’re interested in visiting. London has six airports; City, Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton, Stansted and Southend. Other airport hubs in the UK include Edinburgh, Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Manchester and Newcastle Airport.

How to fly from Australia to the UK

Flying from Australia to the UK may be a long journey, but it’s super easy to do. And there are a number of direct and indirect flight options for you. The only direct flight currently available between the two countries is Perth to London Heathrow. But if you’re flying from another part of Australia you can jump on a connecting flight to other London airports, Manchester and Edinburgh, plus many more. Some of the airlines that we partner with on these flights include Virgin Australia, Qantas, Etihad Airways and Qatar.

When is the best time to fly to the UK?

The UK may have the reputation of being a little unpredictable weather-wise, but it is a fantastic year-round destination. If you’re looking to visit when the weather is warm try visiting June- September. But winter in the UK is pretty magical too, and in a lot of destinations snow is an inevitability. Spring and autumn are great times to visit too, but if you want to miss the crowds try and book around the UK half-term holidays.

Whenever you visit the UK, you’re bound to find some super cool festivals, events and celebrations to attend. There are events held for Chinese New Year, St Patrick’s Day and New Year’s Eve across the UK. As well as a whole host of exciting music festivals during the summer months including (but not limited to): Glastonbury, Isle of Wight, Reading & Leeds, Latitude, Download, Lovebox, BST Hyde Park and Wireless.

If you’re looking to attend one of the events, just note that flight prices, as well as accommodation, may increase in price and have limited availability. So do book early to avoid disappointment.

When is the cheapest time to book a flight from Australia to the UK?

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Prices based on bookings made 30-60 DAYS days prior to departure.

Why do Australia students love visiting the UK?

For Australian students looking to kick start a study abroad experience, working holiday or year abroad, the UK is a fantastic destination. Join a study programme at some of the top universities, without having to learn a new language. And on the weekend just nip over to Europe for a city break.

UK universities and campuses

UK universities and campuses

Universities in the UK have a pretty great reputation. Ranking towards the top of The Times Higher Education league tables are Oxford and Cambridge, two pretty famous and world-renowned higher institutions in the country. But London and Edinburgh are also home to some highly ranked universities, including UCL, Imperial College London and the University of Edinburgh. Other destinations with top universities include Manchester, Warwick, Bristol, Glasgow, Birmingham, Sheffield and Exeter.

UK lifestyle and culture

British lifestyle and culture

The cultural differences between the UK and Australia are actually pretty minimal. Humour is very similar between the two countries, although there may be a few phrases and sayings that differ. If you’re travelling around the UK, you may notice small differences (and accents) on your travels. And if you’re heading to Wales do be aware that many people still speak Welsh, which is why you’ll see many signs that are not in English.

Exploring the UK on a student budget

Exploring the UK on a student budget

The UK’s cost of living is well behind that of Australia, so you will find things a little less pricey during your trip. The busier cities, we’re looking at you London, will be a lot more expensive than some parts of the UK, but there are always ways to explore on a student budget. Take advantage of free entry to museums, street markets and cheap travel to Europe!

Frequently asked questions about flying from Australia to the UK

Do I need a visa to visit the UK?

What’s the currency in the UK and the exchange rate in AUD?

What time zone is the UK and how does it compare to Australia?