Uni is done for the summer and it’s time to forget the responsibilities that come with #Unilife – ha, what are those exactly? Anyway, your priority now is to have the summer OF YOUR LIFE – but we know you’re on a tight student budget, so how about if you can have THE best summer without spending much? We got you huns…..
🎪 Volunteer at a festival
Imagine spending your summer going from festival to festival without it costing you a penny? 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 donate 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, free tea and 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, you can apply on your own or alternatively why not apply with a group of mates and enjoy summer together?
Fancy it? Give the guys at My Cause UK a shout!
☀️ Work abroad for the summer
If you were planning on ‘getting amongst it’ this summer anyway, why not think about making some cash in the process by working a season in some of the party capitals around Europe? Ok, so this one has an initial cost to it, but with the opportunities it gives you to find work out there and a month’s accommodation included in the cost – you’ll soon make that money back (and more!) anyway!
If working hard but playing harder is your thing – then what better way to spend summer than doing just that, but with the added benefit that you’re in the sun while you’re at it?
Check out the guys at Summer takeover, who claim to not only be the ‘Most Reputable and Most Established’ but also the cheapest of the working abroad companies around.
🏕️ Hire a campervan and tour the country
If you’d rather staycate than vacate, why not round up a group of mates and hire a campervan and tour the UK? A typical camper between 4 would be around £45 per day each – with longer term hire being that bit cheaper too. Check out GoBoony for all your campervan needs.
You could literally drop a pin in the map, pack up your sleeping bag and stove and set off on your very own UK adventure.
This could very easily be done on a budget, with camping pitches super cheap – find somewhere to pitch up here, leaving you with just food and petrol to worry about!
🐶 House and Pet sitting
Imagine the day you can get your own place and a little furry friend to keep you company? Well you can have a taste of the Dog-Mom/Cat-Dad life with Trusted Housesitters, where you get to pet sit for an animal of your choice pretty much anywhere in the world.
There is a registration fee to pay and you will 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 from your usual household pets, right through to lizards, ponies or livestock – take your pick what kind of animal you would like to adopt for the week!
We’ll take a Llama please 🙋♂️
🚆 Be a Tourist in Your Own Country
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 and enjoy being a tourist in your own country. The railcard costs £30 but if you’re planning on making a few day trips here, there and everywhere you will soon make that back (and a hell of a lot more!) in savings.
When you have the 16-24 railcard you also get a YHA membership card for just £5 and get 15% discount off bookings at over 4000 hostels – so if you fancy having a cheeky overnight stay – grab that rail card, 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 forest bathing (it’s not quite as weird as it sounds – check out what it’s all about here), picnicking, dam building or just watching a sunset with a beer in hand.
With the young person’s National Trust membership at a super £36 you get free access to over 500 beautiful places across the UK where you’ll be able to make the most of the stunning places that are often closer than you think. This includes beautiful beaches, stately homes, countryside walks and many more places to clear your head.
And even though you’re probably over 11 ¾ by now, why not take inspo from this list of ‘50 of the best things to do before you turn 11 ¾’ 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 better way than the MTV club night being held 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 to Thorpe Park at £20 directly through there site here.
Get your head down at one of the budget hotels/hostels nearby and you can literally Ride, Rave, Sleep, Repeat (if you’re up to doing it all again the next day that is!)
Go on, go and live your best life – leave us here, it’s cool we’ve got your bills covered, we’ll see you in September #ThrillsBeforeBills ✌️