Being a student evolves around lectures, nights out, seminars, nights out, deadlines, and more nights out, and usually involves you having no money or trying to stretch the few pounds that you do have left to pay for entry or for a pint. The 9am lecture the following morning tends to be at the very back of your mind as you party the night away with your fellow students.
If you are a student that is sensible enough to have a job, you may have thought about taking out a loan to help fund these drunken nights out, however, you must remember that applying for these small loans is for financial emergencies only and not to be spent on partying at university.
Let’s take a look at ways in which you can save money and have the best night out at university at the same time.
With drinks being so incredibly expensive in bars, and especially clubs, it is advised that you pre-drink beforehand, as drinks from the supermarket are substantially cheaper and will save you a lot of money.
What’s more, own brands from the supermarket are even cheaper and will get you drunk without the hefty price tag that comes with it.
After your pre-drinks, hit the club early. Yes, it may be a little on the empty side, but you will get reduced or even FREE entry, and who doesn’t love a free opportunity!
Not only will you not waste your remaining money on entry, but you will also be able to avoid the queue, which let’s face it, is rather long when every student on campus wants to get into the club at the same time.
Yes, buying a round for your friends is the generous thing to do, but you if you are with a large group, or your friends are ordering doubles, then you are going to be paying out quite an extortionate amount, which will result in just one drink for yourself. So, avoid rounds where possible, by just buying your own drinks and not letting your friends buy you any.
Ditch The Taxi
Although we may think that the most convenient option is to travel to and from town by taxi, they aren’t cheap and there are other options that could save you money for later in the evening.
Even though a lot of buses don’t run until the early morning, there are some in cities with big universities, such as Canterbury, which have buses that run until 3am in the morning.
However, if the buses by your university don’t run as late, opt for either walking or even sharing a taxi with some friends, to reduce the price.
Host A Party
If you are in second or third year, then you are probably living in a house opposed to student halls on campus. This makes for the ideal location to host a party, which will eliminate the cost of travel, entry and if you play your cards right, even alcohol, as your guests will bring some to your house.
Look Out For Offers
If you opt for drinking at Wetherspoons before you hit the dancefloor, look out for deals on pitchers or doubles to save you money. If you are a beer drinker, get beer on the tap as it works out a lot cheaper than from the bottle.
Keep an eye out for drinks promotions and entry deals in clubs and bars and plan your night around them.
We hope that this guide will help you to still have a drunken night out and save money at the same time!
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