At this time of the year third years are pretty snowed under with dissertations, assignments and interviews, and I am definitely one of those snowed under people! To take my mind off it my boyfriend and I decided to have a weekend away in Cardiff, but as I’m a student I kept to a few rules to make sure that I didn’t blow all my money. You can still have a good time on a student budget. Here are five top tips to make sure that you can still go away on a student budget!
1) Railcards: We could have driven to Cardiff but it would have cost £13.95 each way in fuel, but because I have a railcard I purchased a return ticket for £15.40.
I got my railcard free with my student bank account so it’s worth looking around for good offers when you choose your bank. (SAVING OF £12.50)
2) Walking: When we got off the train we needed to get around, we could have got a taxi but it was a nice day so we decided to walk.
Taxis can be really expensive so if it’s not raining, have a nice walk! (SAVING OF £39 ACROSS TWO DAYS)
3) Tickets: We went to the Doctor Who Experience (yes I know – I’m a Doctor Who geek but I don’t care!) but to save money I booked the tickets online.
Tickets are £15 on the day but only £13 online. Students get 20% off too but you have to buy on the day so I didn’t want to risk not getting a ticket – which one you choose is your choice! (SAVING OF £2)
4) Hotel bookings: When booking the hotel I looked around online to try and get the best savings. As we were only staying one night, we didn’t really need to splash out on a fancy hotel, we just needed it to be clean and tidy so we stayed at a hotel in the City Centre called the Big Sleep Hotel.
Once again as I booked in advance online I was able to make the most of the non-refundable offer online. (SAVING OF £13)
With this card you collect up stamps and get savings on future meals. With this card I managed to get a whole free meal! (SAVING OF £9.26)
I had a really nice break and it was just the thing to take my mind off the stress of uni and give me the motivation to keep going for the last stretch! I didn’t miss out on anything across the weekend but was really pleased with the £75.75 I saved! So, enjoy yourself on your breaks but keep an eye out for any money saving tips along the way.