The BEST student summer on a budget!

Everyone knows January and February are the worst months… ever… Christmas has been and gone. You still haven’t joined the gym like you said you would, exams and the dreaded results have consumed your lives! Not to mention the grim weather! Don’t fret, all isn’t as bad as it seems. As winter draws to a painful end you are a month closer to lighter evenings and a fabulously long student summer!

Being a student is all fun and games in Summer: exams are over and if you are lucky enough, so is doing your own food shopping (and washing!). Whilst 3 months off sounds like an absolute dream, after the stress of exams and ordering endless takeaways, having enough money to do anything fun over summer can be a stretch! But worry no more, we have come up with 4 ideas for you to make 2018 the BEST summer AND on a budget!

PS. If you want to go to a festival for FREE, check out our competition to win 2 Leeds Weekend Festival tickets on our website. Headliners for this year include: Fall Out Boy, Kendrick Lamar, and Kings Of Leon!

1 – Festivals!

Everyone knows festivals can cost an arm and a leg, especially those fancy American festivals like Coachella BUT if you are desperate to go to a festival without damaging your bank balance, check out our pick of the best budget festivals.

Common People 26th May – 27th May

Common People is located in both Oxford and Southampton over the May bank holiday weekend! Day Tickets start from just £24 and the line up from 2017 varied from My Nu Leng to Tom Odell and Sean Paul!

Love Saves The Day – 26th May – 27th May

Love Saves The Day is located in Bristol and 2018 will see LSTD expand with even more stages! Offering a diverse range of music, last years line up included: Shy FX, Stormzy, and MNEK. With day tickets at just £38.50, this one seems too good to miss!

BESTIVAL – 2,3,4,5th August

Bestival has not only moved to Dorset but also moved the festival to a month earlier (September is too cold for a festival anyway!) Bestival, compared to most weekend camping festivals actually works out quite cheap! Early bird tickets start from just £149 or you can pay weekly for just £5. With a carnival theme this year, it is the place to be! The lineup from last year consisted of acts such as The XX, Dizzee Rascal, and Rag n Bone man! 4 days of festival fun!

2 – The Luna Cinema:

A touring outdoor cinema! Sounds perfect for a light summer’s evening! The Luna Cinema tours the UK displaying old classics like Jaws, and Back To The Future but also new releases such as Dunkirk! Tickets start from £17.50 so pack your picnic and popcorn and go enjoy your favorite movie outside!

3 – Cocktail Masterclass!

Why not invite all your friends over and drink cocktails all evening? Cheap and civilized! Here is one of our favourite iced cocktails; Prosecco slushies! Just blend together and enjoy!

  • 2 c. Prosecco
  • 1 1/2 c. chopped strawberries
  • 1/4 c. lime juice
  • 1/2 c. vodka
  • Mint for garnish
  • Ice

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4 – Enjoy a beach break!

Even if you don’t live near the beach, a group convoy to your nearest sandy haven is always a fun day out! Our favorite UK beaches for a day trip are:

  • Brighton – great shopping too!
  • Bournemouth – perfect for anyone who loves a penny slot machine!
  • Blackpool – seaside and rollercoasters!
  • Three Cliffs Bay – Swansea!

We hope you love some of CP’s ideas for the best summer on a budget! The countdown beings…

Roath is the best student area in Cardiff

The area might not have the most fortunate of names, “Roath,” but any student that gets the chance to live in this area is certainly fortunate. It is one of the most popular student locations in Cardiff and is home to many of our houses. We shouldn’t be bias, but the homes on Malefant Street in Roath are our personal faves. If you are wanting to live basically next door to all of your other student mates, then Roath is the area for you. If you’re a fully fledged Cardiff student then you would have heard of it, so I’m not going to bore you on where it is, but what I am going to offer is an insight into the area and some hidden gems you might not have heard about.

Roath and all its delights

We all have those friends from home that go off to Uni in a big city and can’t imagine life existing outside the walls of Manchester! Well they’re wrong. Cardiff is a city full of culture, quirky cafes and numerous places where students can get a much-needed latte. You can find loads of these hidden gems in Roath, and what makes the area even better is most of the cafes and restaurants are independent.

Here are some cafes and restaurants in Roath that will help you prove to your friends there is more to Cardiff than sheep and rugby!

Stag Coffee

Good old David the owner of the Stag is on the same wave length as Cardiff students and prides himself on bringing people from all walks of life together. He knows that you are “craving something different,” so he brought something different to Roath. If you fancy the ultimate hangover breakfast and can’t be bothered to traipse round the streets of Roath to find anywhere, then look no further. They offer the best cooked breakfast, pancakes or a much needed sugar kick from there incredible milkshakes. To make this place even better they support the local community of Roath, sourcing ingredients from local businesses.

Stag CoffeeThe Hellenic Eatery

Searching for Mamma Mia vibes? Well you can have your own bit of Greece in Roath (minus the weather). This little gem offers an “alternative experience,” fancy eating some authentic Greek food while listening to some live Greek music? Basically like having Greece on your doorstep while living in Roath…win-win situation.


Yet another brilliant independent restaurant. Think wholesome foods without the food guilts. Although you can be eating a healthy meal, while drinking one of their lush cocktails…talk about having it all. You can even be extra healthy and walk here if you live in Roath. Will only take you 3 minutes if you live on Glenroy Street where we have some houses! Have a gander for yourself…


Falafel Kitchen

You know sometimes you go into somewhere not expecting great things, but you come out absolutely amazed…well this is one of those places. It might be a cosy little place, but the food is insane. Bold statement, but the best falafel I’ve ever tasted. The menu is straight and to the point, no frills just food. A great find in Roath and to make it better its right next to our fave Malefant Street.

Dominos (basic, but the best)

Late night munchies? Roath Dominos is open until 5am. Who doesn’t love dominos cookies for a 4am snack after a night our or all-nighter at the library.

Cheap shots and a good pint please!!

We all know what is top of most students list…Where is the nearest pub and where can I watch the football as we can’t afford Sky Sports?! Roath is not short of pubs or bars, so if you don’t want to venture into the main city centre and want to be able to stumble home at the end of the night then Roath is the place for you.


Is it a pub or is it a sports bar, this ones a bit of both. Large screens, cheap drinks and fantastic selection of fresh pizzas. This pub/bar is a great addition to Roath and the best place for students to go to watch the football and have a drink. Follow their twitter page, they offer some deals that are an absolute steal…Skint Wednesdays “ Classic burger and selected drink £6.99”?!?!

The Woodville PubWoodville

You can’t miss it if you go to Cardiff University, it is right on the corner, and will be on your route home if you lived in Roath. This pub is popular with students, offers cheap drinks, chilled vibes and there is even a beer garden for the summer. Straight up this is the pub to go to if you’re a student living in Roath. If you’re feeling lazy and you just can’t be bothered to cook then you can get something to eat at seriously low prices. “2 meals for £7.99” or “2 for 1 desserts,” absolute steal.

Roath Park

You can be shopping in the centre one minute and the next rowing a boat in Roath Park…what more do you want from life? Roath Park is a great place to go to run off that library stress or to run off a whole pack of Jaffa Cakes you ate unknowingly while writing an essay. Roath Park would be a great spot to have a picnic and a few ciders in the summer, post exams of course. Having a park like that right on your doorstep, add that to the ‘pros list’ of living in Roath.

Roath Lake

Sorry how close to the City Centre?!

Unlike many cities where it costs an arm and a leg to live anywhere near the city centre, if you’re a student in Cardiff then Roath is more affordable than many city centre location. It is only a 5 minute Uber ride into the centre of Cardiff. Just enough time for you to carry on the pre-drinks in the taxi, chant some ridiculous rugby song or to make a snapchat video of you all singing along to the radio, but not long enough to annoy your Uber driver.

If you’re feeling slightly energetic and start walking into the city centre, but get bored along the way, then you can the train from Cathay’s train station into the centre in 1 minute. Ultimate laziness, but we all have those days. Roath is certainly well connected.

So basically in short, if you’re a student then Roath is not only convenient, but you will never go hungry, never fail to find a well deserved pint (or 10) and most importantly not have to get 3 tains, 10 buses and have to walk miles to get into the city centre.

Skills To Learn Online Now

Although you’ll be absorbing a lot of new information during your time at University and at this time of year I’m sure your head feels like its going to explode with revision, but when you do have some free time why not expand your skill set further. This is great for both padding out your CV, as well as making you a more rounded and interesting individual and to stop yourself going out all the time?! You can learn to do pretty much anything online for free these days, but here’s a pick of some of our favourites.


An invaluable skill for the digital world that we now live in. Even if you’re not a computer geek, you can easily pick up some basics.

Codecademy is one of the most popular free online courses. Or if you still feel a little nervous try some coding games designed for kids, although nothing beats the good old days of gaming on Miniclip. How can it be scary when there’s a puppy involved?

Learn a Language

If you didn’t pick to study a language at school or university, but you are now regretting it, do not fear here is your chance!

Duolingo is a free website and app that will make learning super fun. Just think how useful some Spanish could be when you’re interrailing or travelling around South America! Businesses also love it if you have a second language, gives you that edge.

Dapple in Philosophy

For fancy dinner table chat to make yourself sound a bit more intelligent, even if you don’t know what you’re on about.. check out Academic Earth where you can take a General Philosophy module from Oxford University for free. No lengthy UCAS applications necessary or all the hours of studying to even get into Oxford University.

Product Design/UX

Google offer a great online course with contributions from some industry leaders. Definitely worth taking the time out to have a go at, you may end up building something incredible…you could become the next Steve Jobs

Also check out ‘How to Start a Start Up’ if you want to hone your entrepreneurial flair and make your millions

Stand Up Comedy

If you want to develop your comedic skills, John Roy offers a free course through his Tumblr blog, which includes YouTube videos and homework assignments. Comedy homework sounds a lot more enticing than additional reading!

Social Media

Buffer offer a super neat free course that packs just 2 minutes of Social Media knowledge into a simple video directly to you every day for a week. An easy way to become educated in the basics of Social Media. Great for budding marketers or entrepreneurs as if you aren’t in the know about Social Media then you need to catch up!

Write copy for the web

If you love to write and want to learn more about it, Open 2 Study have a course that is really great for refining your online writing skills, covering everything from SEO (search engine optimisation for those of you in the dark ages) to web design.

If you’re still stuck for ideas have a browse through Coursera who offer free online courses from leading Uni’s for everything from Photography to Data Science. Happy Learning!



Make Your Own Energy Bars

Energy bars
Perfect as a snack between lectures!

We all know how difficult it is to strike a good balance between tasty and nutritious when it comes to our diets, especially when it comes to snack food (looking at you 3am cheesy chips…). These energy bars are super quick and easy to make, and the best thing about them is that you can keep them in the freezer for weeks and whip one out when you’re feeling peckish.


  • 100g nuts – any combination you fancy out of hazelnuts, cashews, walnuts or almonds
  • 100g desiccated coconut
  • 100g fresh dates – Medjool dates work particularly well
  • 50g coco powder – you can use raw cacao if you’re feeling super healthy
  • 3 tbsp. coconut oil
  • Pinch of salt


1. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave for about 10 seconds until it turns

to liquid

2. Wizz all the ingredients in a food processor for about 3-4 minutes,

starting off pulsing, until the mixture comes together in a large clump

3. Line a tray with cling film and pop the mixture inside

4. Put another layer of cling film on top and flatten it using your hands

5. Leave in the freezer for at least 2 hours

6. Remove from tray and cut into bite size portions

7. Enjoy!