Published: 08 August 2017

Student budgeting: how to have fun on a budget

Our guide to having fun and enjoying your university experience without breaking the bank.

As you get stuck in to university life it’s important to be mindful of how much money you’re spending. However, being careful with your money and sticking to a budget doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun!

There are plenty of affordable ways to enjoy yourself and make the most out of your free time. If you’re struggling to think of fun activities that won’t burn a hole in your wallet, take inspiration from our list of five ways to have fun without breaking the bank

1. Have a night in with your flatmates

An extremely affordable option is to stay home with your flatmates or invite your coursemates over for a night in. You could buy come popcorn and watch a film or binge a series on Netflix. You might want to cook a meal together instead of ordering takeaway. Another option is to get competitive over a board game or cards, but be warned - Monopoly can get feisty!

2. Enjoy Guildford’s great outdoors

Guildford has some amazing parks and green spaces to explore, including the University’s very own campus, so there are plenty of options for a picnic or a walk. Take a football or a frisbee with you for a fun, free day with your friends.

3. Join a society

Our Students' Union offers a wide range of societies. Societies frequently take part in free activities, such as sports, group volunteering, and fundraisers, and they can be a great way to meet like-minded people and spark new friendships without having to spend lots of money.

4. Purchase an NUS card

An NUS card is one of the many perks of being a student, and offers you a whole range of student discounts. With an NUS card you can save money on clothes, meals, cinema trips and so much more. This means that you can have fun for less as it makes many things a lot more affordable for students.

5. Follow our money saving tips for nights out

Budgeting doesn’t need to stop you from enjoying the vibrant nightlife that Guildford has to offer. On nights out, only take as much money out with you as you can afford to spend and if you’re getting a taxi home, share it with your friends. Limiting your cash means that you can’t go over your budget and can have a fun night without having to worry about over-spending.


Financial advice and support

Don't let financial worries stop you from pursuing your passion, suceeding at university, or enjoying your student experience. Our friendly and helpful advisors are always on hand to offer you financial advice and support. You can also read our student guide to budgeting for step-by-step instructions on creating (and sticking to) a budget.

We also offer Blackbullion, a free online education platform for budgeting and managing money at university. Students can access their free account with their University of Surrey email address.

Explore our student profiles to learn more about university life and discover how our student services can help and support you with money matters.

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