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No matter what your budget, there are plenty of ways to have fun as a student without spending more money than you can afford!

1. Capitalise on those 2-4-1 deals

Timeout gives a great list of top London happy hours, and the Days Out Guide is a great place to look for vouchers for 2-4-1 food and restaurant deals.

Get to know the deals in your local area and local pubs and cafes too. Whilst it is obviously more cost effective to cook at home, for the times when it is just not feasible to do so, it's good to know the best places to go.

2. Go and see unsigned bands

Live music is fun, it’s loud, and it’s local. Going to see smaller, unsigned bands, means you will have the same great energy and fun filled evening, but at a fraction of the cost. These nights are fun and so much cheaper than paying for big names. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you could even stumble on the next big thing.

Check out the local pubs and clubs in the area around your residence or campus to see who is playing when. It’s a great way to have a fun night out and let your hair down.

3. Learn to love student nights

Just embrace student nights. They are tacky, sure, but they’re filled with people who are going through the same experiences as you, and are all your age and peers.

These nights are tailored for students in every way; right down to the prices. They’re the cheapest food, drinks, entrance fees, and cloakroom covers you will ever pay.

4. Join a club or society

If going out isn’t your thing, then joining one of the many university clubs and societies on offer could be for you. There is usually a one off annual fee, which will vary depending on what activity it is. (ie. Joining the rowing club will be more expensive than joining the chess club as there are higher costs involved with uniforms and boat hire, etc.)

This is a great way to get to know a like-minded group of people and socialise around something you all enjoy. They often organise outings and group dinners, so it’s something you can get really involved with.

5. Embrace the magic of a night in

The cheapest way to get all your mates together in an environment where you can all hang out, be relaxed, and actually hear each other speak, is to invite everyone over to your place!

Get all your mates over. They can either being a drink or a dish of food, and it then becomes a really cost effective way to have a great night of fun. If they bring along other friends that you don’t know then that’s even better – it just widens your social circle even further!