Five ways students can save money this summer

Having fun this summer doesn’t mean breaking the bank. There are plenty of cheap, and even free ways to enjoy your holidays.

Get a part-time job!

You don’t have to spend your whole summer stacking shelves, but consider applying for a part-time job to fund your activities. Supermarkets and high street stores are often on the look out for students to work part-time over the holidays. It might not be the most stimulating way to spend your time, but it can be a great way to make new friends. The best bit is, while you’re working, you won’t be spending any money – you’ll be making it! You might even get a decent staff discount.

Visit some free festivals

From the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to the Caerphilly Big Cheese Festival, there are tons of free festivals to visit across the UK. Just search online for free festivals in your area, and you might be surprised by how many are taking place. Another option is to volunteer as a steward at one of the bigger festivals, such as Glastonbury. You’ll get in for free, in return for helping out. Take a look at Oxfam’s website for more information.

Become a Mystery Shopper

Did you know you can get paid to visit restaurants, go shopping, or watch a film at the cinema? If you become a mystery shopper, you’ll get your expenses paid for and you might even pocket a small fee for your troubles. There are a few websites out there to choose from; two of the most popular are Market Force and the Mystery Dining Company. All they usually ask is that you fill in a questionnaire afterwards to describe your experience.

Get a rail-card

If you’re travelling around the UK this summer, make sure you have a 16-25 railcard. It costs £30 a year, and gets you a third off ticket prices. So you’re likely to get your money back in the savings from just one train journey. You can even get a free railcard with some student bank accounts.

Get paid to work abroad

If you’re keen to travel over the summer, find a way to make it pay. You could work in an American summer camp, become a holiday rep, or teach English overseas. If you’re not so keen to work with children, why not apply to work with WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms).