How To… Have Fun on a Student Budget

cinemaBeing a student will be one of the most exciting times of your life. You’re meeting new friends, seeing new places, experiencing new things… But there’s only one problem: You’re broke. We’ve all been there – it’s tough when you don’t have the money to spend on a day out with friends. But have no fear! Don’t have the cash to splash? Follow these handy tips on how to have fun on a budget…

The Cinema

With popcorn in one hand and a coke in the other, going to the cinema is one of my favourite things to do. And why is that, you ask? Because of my student discount. Cheaper rates for students are available in Cineworld Cinemas across Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Falkirk. But that’s not the only discount available. If you get your mobile through Orange, then say hello to two for one cinema tickets! Every Wednesday, Orange customers are entitled to a two-for-one cinema ticket on any film, which means you’ll only have to pay half the price! So what are you waiting for? Get the popcorn at the ready…

Shop ‘till you drop!

Fancy a shopping spree with your friends, but you’re short for cash? No worries! If you’re an avid shopaholic like me, you’ll be pleased to know that there plenty of deals waiting for you. You’ll only need one thing – a Young Scot Card. There are loads of clothes shops offering discounts to Young Scots, such as New Look and Topshop, to name a few. Schuh also offer a 10% discount, and Urban Outfitters offer a 20% discount! If you’re at college or uni, your student card will often get you a handy discount too, or you can sign up for the NUS Extra card.

Museum Mania

For all you history and art lovers out there, why not spend a day at one of Scotland’s most prestigious museums? Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is the most popular free-to-enter visitor attraction in Scotland. For a fun day out in Glasgow, you can’t go wrong exploring the treasures of Kelvingrove, for no cost at all! Other free-entry galleries and museums include Aberdeen Art Gallery, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, Museum of Transport (Glasgow) and The Writer’s Museum (Edinburgh).

Dining Deals

So you’ve suffered from too many bad ready-made meals to stand one more minute eating at home. You’re not alone. I like to treat myself with a nice meal out with friends, but many restaurants are super expensive. Too expensive for a student budget. So it’s time to look for the best deals. There are actually many restaurants that offer delicious dining at an affordable price. You just need to know where to find them. Take restaurants in Glasgow, for instance. Restaurants such as Di Maggio’s do great offers, like £9.95 for two courses. With deals like that, we’ll be going out for dinner every week! Go on – get tucked in!

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