This is the time of year when students beginning to write their personal statements start to worry. You intended to read that book and grab work experience over summer, but somehow you never quite got round to it. Now term has begun and the pressure is mounting…

But do not worry, we have the solution and it wont cost you a penny!

Attending extra curricular lectures are a fantastic way to explore interesting and unusual topics (as well as boosting your personal statement!) We’ve compiled a list of some of the best free or cheap talks available across the country, presented by leading professionals in the sciences, humanities and arts.



This is arguably the most impressive free lecture line up. Previous speakers include Michelle Obama, Anglina Jolie and Gordon Brown.

This year is set to be no different. One of the most interesting on September’s programme is ‘Women in Science’, presented by a panel of prominent female scientists. Most lectures are free, but ensure you arrive early to secure your seat as there is limited capacity.

Conway Hall


Conway Hall in Holborn (London) offers free and cheap lectures, workshops and performances on a range of topics from Humanism to Brexit to Robotics. Whether you are looking to study Psychology, Physics or Music, Conway Hall’s lecture series has something for everyone.


University of Manchester


You don’t have to head to the capital to find all the freebies! Manchester University offers a great range of evening and lunchtime lectures completely free of charge.

The September series has an array of talks from figures including Professor Richard Morris, OBE and Sir Mark Elder CBE. Like at the LSE these events are not ticketed but seats are allotted on a first come first served basis, so arrive early to avoid disappointment.


Oxford University


Oxford’s lecture and exhibition programme is probably the most extensive on this list. There is something on offer almost everyday over the next few months in venues across the city, although not all of them are free of charge.

‘Human Rights, Global Ethics and Ordinary Virtues’ presented by Professor Michael Ignatieff has caught our eye for this October. However, many require booking so start looking now!

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