We’ll be updating these regularly, but we put our heads together and thought you’d love to hear about saving money on nights out and drinking. This goes hand in hand with your fresher’s week induction and whether you are a heavyweight Harry, four drink Freddie or teetotal Tina, we’re sure we can bring you lots of student savings and discount advice.
So we’ve knocked our heads together over a prosecco or three to share our all-time favourite top tips on saving money while partying at uni.
Note: This guide is about saving money – please drink responsibly!
1. HAVE PRE-DRINKS
Not all student nights need to involve drink but let’s face it – most do. If heading to the union, a pub or club we recommend some pre-drinks at your halls or flat. It will obviously save on buying the drinks when out and get you in the party moon.
A top tip is to remember that there’s very little difference, except the price, between supermarket brands and the more recognisable drinks, especially when you are mixing them with soft drinks. Have a few at home and it’ll get you well on your way before you’ve made a big dent in your budget.
2. HIT THE CLUB EARLY
Look out for flyers or notices that offer free entry before certain times. You’ll save money (usually by arriving just before 11 o clock). The best student night outs often get packed and have big queues to get in – so avoid waiting in the cold, grab a seat and get cheaper entry.
Student nights come in all shapes and sizes – drinking, clubbing, live music, performances… you’re spoilt for choice!
3. THINK LIKE A CELEB
Get on the guest lists for the most popular places. Contact the nightclub through DM or Messenger, explaining that you and your friends will be coming and can you be on the guestlist for that student night. It’s worth chancing your arm to get welcome shots, queue jumping, reduced/free entry and drinks promotions. You have nothing to lose! You could be partying in London’s best clubs or Manchester’s greatest music venues – take a chance.
More often than not, they’ll sort you out – they’ll see the long term potential of having groups of friends as regular clients and cha-ching more money in their tills.
4. USE FREE ATMs
Do not, we repeat, DO NOT EVER pay to take your own money out of cash machines. Night clubs and bars are notorious for having the cash machines that charge you to do this and will charge an average of £2.50 just to withdraw your own money.
Make sure you think ahead and take cash out at a free ATM before you start your night or have an emergency tenner in a pocket in your bag (just remember to keep replenishing it).
5. PARTY OFF-PEAK
The best thing about being a student is you can go out every night (we’re not advising you do so though– lol!)
The best student nights are often on Tuesday and Thursdays when everyone else is midweek working!
What we are suggesting is that you choose your nights out wisely. There are often student nights in cities – in Manchester it’s a Monday and you get access to all the best clubs and bars for a fraction of the price you’d normally pay, as well as mega drinks offers once you’re in there. Look out for local advertising to find out the nights near to you.
6. HOST A PARTY – YOUR OWN STUDENT NIGHT IN!
A favourite tip of ours is definitely to have a party at your house. Some of the best student nights out – can actually be student nights in!
Get everyone to bring a bottle to make into a punch – you’ll only need a couple of glasses each for a great night! It’s a great way to get to know all your new flatmates, whilst at the same time saving yourselves money. Winner winner, chicken dinner…
7. STAY AT HOME
We all love a big night, but sometimes staying in is the new going out. A film and popcorn or catching up on the soaps is sometimes the perfect anecdote to a stressful day of lectures.
And take it from us – nothing beats waking up without a hangover…
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our student money-saving guide to drinking – have you any more tips you want to share? Comment on our Facebook page for a chance to win vouchers or be our Squirrel of the Month!
Frequently Asked Question About The Best Student Night Outs
Here are some popular questions we get asked:
What makes the best student night out?
What makes a good student nights out is subjective and depends on you! Some people like heading out to an old school pub and enjoying beers, others will want to party till 2am at a club, some may prefer a night in, a trip to a live music venue. Basically, the only common aspect is they should be fun and value for money in our opinion.
How much should I spend on a student night out?
Again this depends but if you take advantage of the best student discounts around you can have a great night out for as a little as £20 – that’s drinks and entry! It obviously depends on what you planned and where in the country you are.
What should I wear on a students night?
This depends on what you are doing. Some of the larger clubs will expect you to be dressed up – that can mean no jeans or trainers, whilst more traditional student nights are often more relaxed. If you are heading into town and off-campus it is often worth checking, you don’t want to get there and find you get it in!
What is the best day for going out as a student?
Student nights vary across the country but you will find that they are mainly on off-peak days – Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are popular.
Summary of Planning for The Best Student Nights Out
Student nights are fantastic and some of the stories will live with you forever. A few tips are plan ahead, book ahead, keep safe and have a great time. We hope our tips are useful for you lucky lot!
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