10 Things To Do With Your Uni Mates This Year That Won’t Break The Bank
Even though you have tonnes of essay deadlines and upcoming exams, you still need some downtime. Here are 10 activities that will keep you busy without bleeding your student loan dry this year.
1. Go on a bike ride around your nearest country park.
Whether you hire one for the day or even buy a cheap one from Ebay or Gumtree, a bike ride is a guaranteed fun day out with the bonus of you getting some exercise, too. Rally up the squad, get a picnic together, and go!
2. Join the National Trust.
Yeah, I know what you’re thinking: “How is that a low-cost activity?” Well, think again. The National Trust offer discounted membership for 13-25 year olds, and so for the equivalent of a meal and a few drinks, you’ll have a years worth of access to their sites, meaning you always have somewhere to go to escape the student life.
3. Take advantage of the culture in your university’s town or city.
It’s easy to forget the culture that’s right under your own nose, but don’t let it go to waste, especially when many tourist favourites are free. Visit your local museums, galleries and landmarks. Do your own graffiti tour or discover a new pub crawl route; there’s nothing to beat being a tourist in your own stomping ground.
4. See a play by your university’s drama and theatre society.
Support your fellow intellects by going to a show starring students from your own university. You’ll be surprised by the high quality and thrilled with the cost of the tickets!
5. Challenge each other to some Come Dine With Me-style evenings.
Get the entire squad involved in hosting their own dinner party. It doesn’t have to be fancy; just make fish finger sandwiches if you want. It’s a great way to get everyone together at minimal cost and a guaranteed laugh.
6. Join a society you’ve never joined before, but have always wanted to.
The chances are your university is host to a mind-boggling list of societies, many of which have probably made you stop and think for a second. Well, stop thinking and start joining. Whether it’s a Harry Potter Soc or a Hot Air Ballooning Soc, be outrageous and get involved. There might even be a Come Dine With Me Soc…
7. Give yourselves something to look forward to by booking the cheapest flight on Skyscanner.
Summer might feel like a long way away, but knowing you have a holiday coming up might just be the motivation you need to get you through all the essays and exams on the horizon.
8. See as many local bands live as you can.
You never know, one of them might be the next big thing, and you’ll one day be able to look back and say: “I saw them when they played at the SU before they were cool.”
9. Have a duvet day.
Yes, that simple. A good, well-planned duvet day is a day well spent. Choose a boxset (or several) to get through, get some snacks in, invite everyone round, and get your chill on.
10. And learn another language.
Whether you join a group or just download a free app such as DuoLingo, learning another language with your friends is a great way to spend a few hours every week. Choose which one to learn based on where you want to travel to next and save yourself the bother and cost of buying a guide!