Summer for university students is truly magical - exams are done, and the weeks of free time stretching out before you are full to the brim with possibility. Aside from binge watching netflix and blissfully sleeping away your days, here’s a list of some of the best things you could be doing to fill that time!
Still got some of that student loan left? Get your mates organised and plan to do a festival together. Why not ditch the mud and check out some European festivals? Benicàssim (Spain), Hideout, Outlook (both Croatia), and Flow (Finland) amongst dozens of others all promise tonnes of music-filled fun in the sun.
Bank account a bit of a joke? Check out some smaller homegrown festivals (e.g. 2000 Trees, Lost Village, Y Not) for cheaper tickets than the big festivals - or why not try volunteering? Volunteering is a great way to experience the fun at a fraction of the price. Most volunteering organisations (e.g. Oxfam, HotBox Events, Festaff) will require you to pay a deposit, but you’ll get that back.
2. Get Fit
After weeks of drinking and late night dissertation/exam snacking, your body deserves some TLC - summer is the perfect time to get yourself in shape! Whether it's a run every couple of days or a couple of minutes every day in front of the TV with a fitness DVD - every little helps.
Check out our article 'Getting in Shape - The 6 Step Realistic Guide' for all the motivation you'll need on your fitness journey.
Travelling abroad can be a massive adventure and loads of fun - if you can afford it! Companies like Smaller Earth and BUNAC host affordable summer working programmes in a range of destinations like America and Spain. Or why not save up and plan your own adventure? It doesn’t matter whether you go solo or take a friend - you can be sure you’ll return with wonderful memories and amazing stories to tell.
Check out these Alternative Travel Destinations for 2016 for some unique inspiration!
Pick a place, pack your bags and go! But - you don’t have to travel far to have a great holiday. There are loads of ways you can enjoy yourself and explore new places without leaving the country if you’re creative. Here’s some:
Meet up with your uni mates from different parts of the country - stay at their house and explore what their local area has to offer (and vice versa).
Go camping or try out one of the UK’s many holiday parks - it may sound a little naff, but anything can be fun if you’ve got the right people (and alcohol) with you!
5. Get some work experience
Whether you’re earning money for rent or looking for experience you can put on your CV, working should definitely be on your list of things to do this summer! In the event that you can’t find paid work, try volunteering for a good cause and do some good for someone else (and it won’t look too bad on your CV either…).
Don't like the idea of working for the man and becoming just another slave to the rat race? Why not start your own business? Check out how these students did it, and why they think you should too!
6. Spend time with the family
Going back home after spending months living independently can often leave people feeling like a piece of a jigsaw puzzle that no longer fits where it used to. For life at home to run smoothly, there might have to be compromises on both sides. Although they may annoy you at times, try your best to enjoy your time at home with your family - university is probably the last time in your life that you’re going to be able to spend long stretches of time with them!
Some fun things you could do with your family:
- Camping trip
- Weekly film/game nights
7. Get a head start on your reading
This might sound a little boring, but starting on your reading early could save you a lot of sleepless nights and unnecessary drama when you get back to uni in September - and it could help get your grades up too! Organise your subjects into hourly slots and do a little every once in a while; future self will thank you.
Sound like too much work? At least try downloading all your reading lists and get some awareness of what you'll be in for when you get back.
8. Make a summer bucket list
Got a list of things that you want to do but never quite get round to? Make a summer bucket list and try tick a few things off! Here are some things on my summer bucket list that you're welcome to steal:
- Travel to Europe on the smallest budget possible with as few possesions as possible
- Go bungee jumping/rock jumping and conquer my fear of heights
- Do all the touristy things where I live that I've never bothered with
- Learn how to make my own clothes
- Attend as many festivals as time/money will allow
Whatever you decide to do, make the most of the time you have off - before you know it, you’ll enter the working world where having 8 consecutive weeks off is nothing but a distant memory/pipe dream... Have a great summer!