The summer holidays are coming up, and it’s the perfect chance to reset and refresh after a full academic year of studying, partying, fitting in extra-curricular activities and more. With so much free time on your hands, you might be wondering exactly how to fill it… here are some of our favourite ideas!
Travel somewhere new
Holidays can be expensive, especially during the current cost of living situation. However, you don’t have to spend a lot of money travelling somewhere new. If you can afford it, book a city break to an affordable city like Poznan in Poland or Riga in Latvia. Not only are these cities filled with history, culture, stunning architecture and gorgeous views, they are also relatively cheap in terms of bars, transport and things to do.
And if a city break is just out of reach financially, have a look at day trips to cities near you – pack a picnic, book a train and explore a new city for the day! That way you avoid having to pay accommodation costs but still get to enjoy the sunshine.
Catch up with friends and family
If you’ve moved away for university, chances are you have friends at home you won’t have seen much of during the year. The summer holidays are the perfect chance to make plans with all of these friends – a simple walk together, or a fun event like bottomless brunch or a festival! Spending time with your family during the holidays is a must, too: they’re the ones who know you best and you should value your time with them.
Get a part time job
Studying doesn’t always leave a lot of time for earning money, but the summer holidays are the perfect time to pick up a short-term part time job and get some money back into your bank account. This means when you head back to university to start the new academic year, you’ll have a little bit more money to stretch your student budget further. Working behind a bar or in a shop, garden centre or restaurant are great part time jobs you can do as a student in the holidays.
Prepare for the year ahead
As the summer holidays draw to a close, it’s worth looking at what you need to do to get ahead for your next year of studying. Make a start with your reading list, and make a solid plan for the year in terms of what you want to achieve. Now is also the time to look at your packing list for university – is there anything you took with you last year that you simply didn’t need? Leave it at home this term to save space at your student accommodation.
Most important of all is to ensure you really enjoy your summer holidays as a uni student, and get some rest and relaxation in there before another hectic year of learning, working hard, and doing the best you can!