Uni is finally done for the summer, yes! Now, your priority is to have the summer OF YOUR LIFE.
We know you’re on a tight student budget, so here's how to have the BEST summer ever, without spending a fortune. We got you, hun.
Volunteer at a festival 🎪
Imagine spending your summer going from festival to festival, without it costing you a penny. Yes please. With My Cause UK, not only do you get to experience a number of festivals around the country, but you donate to a charitable cause in the process. You basically donate your time, and My Cause donates to your cause in return.
You can apply for a number of positions, all of which include a crew wristband to enjoy the event when you’re not working. You also get free tea, coffee and snacks, as well as a meal ticket for each shift worked.
If you feel like getting away from it all and making new friends this summer, you can apply on your own or with a group of mates. It's up to you. Fancy it? Give the guys at My Cause UK a shout!
Work abroad for the summer ☀️
If you were planning on going away this summer anyway, why not think about making some cash in the process? Work a season in some of the party capitals around Europe. This one has an initial cost to it, but with the opportunities it gives you, and a month’s accommodation included in the cost, you’ll soon make that money back (and more).
If working hard, but playing harder, is your thing, then what better way to spend summer than doing just that. Plus, there's the the added benefit of being in the sun while you're at it.
Check out the guys at Summer Takeover, who are the ‘most reputable and most established’ option, and are also pretty cheap.
Hire a campervan and tour the country 🏕️
If you’d rather staycate than vacate, why not round up a group of mates, hire a campervan, and tour the UK? A typical camper for four people would be around £45 per day, per person. There are longer-term hires available for cheaper too. Check out GoBoony for all your campervan needs.
You could literally drop a pin in a map, pack up your sleeping bag and stove, and set off on your very own UK adventure. Plus, this can very easily be done on a budget. Camping pitches are super cheap, and yo can find somewhere to pitch up here, leaving you with just food and petrol to worry about.
House/pet sitting 🐶
We can wait for the day we can get our own place, and a little furry friend to keep us company. Until then, you can have a taste of pet parenting with Trusted Housesitters. You get to pet-sit for an animal of your choice, pretty much anywhere in the world.
There's a registration fee to pay ,and you'll need to be verified to pet and house sit, but other than that the experience is entirely free. You just need to be passionate about pets and responsible enough to housesit.
There are opportunities to do this all over the world, with houses of all shapes and sizes, and pets far from your usual household friends. Options range right through to lizards, ponies or livestock. Take your pick of which takes your fancy, and go for it! We’ll take a llama please 🙋♂️
Be a tourist in the UK 🚆
With a student railcard you can get 1/3 off train journeys anywhere in the UK. Keep an eye out for cheap tickets being released, and book with your railcard for even bigger discounts. The railcard costs around £30, but if you’re planning on making a few day trips here, there and everywhere, you'll soon make that back (and a hell of a lot more) in savings.
When you have the 16-24 railcard you can also get a YHA membership card for just £5, with 15% discount off bookings at over 4000 hostels. So if you fancy having a cheeky overnight stay, grab that railcard because the UK is your oyster!
Go forest bathing 🌲
If uni has totally taken it out of you this year, it’s good for the soul to surround yourself with nature. Whether that’s with picnicking, dam building, watching a sunset with a beer in hand, or forest bathing (it’s not quite as weird as it sounds, check out what it’s all about here).
With a young person’s National Trust membership at a super decent £36, you'll get free access to over 500 beautiful places across the UK. You’ll be able to make the most of some stunning places, which are often closer than you think. This includes beautiful beaches, stately homes and countryside walks.
Why not take inspo from this list of ‘50 of the best things to do before you turn 11¾’ as a way to really enjoy the outdoors like you’re a kid again? I mean who doesn’t miss playing pooh sticks?! 🤷♀️
MTV Club Night at Thorpe Park 🎢
If you’re more inclined to live life on the edge, then what's better than the MTV Club Night at Thorpe Park? Tickets are just £14 when purchased through Student Beans, and although rides won’t be open during the event, you can purchase discount day tickets at £20 directly through the site here.
Take a kip at one of the budget hotels/hostels nearby, and you can literally ride, rave, sleep and repeat.