Student life by nature can be pretty expensive. Along with your accommodation costs, there are also books, food and bills to think about. All this can add up and leave you a bit skint for a fair few weeks which can be rubbish. But who says fun has to come with a price tag? Following the mantra of ‘the best things in life are free’, here are our top things to do when you’re absolutely brasic.
1) Play a Game
Board games aren’t just monopoly and scrabble. Nowadays, there are loads of games that are designed for millennials that are pretty bloody hilarious. Popular game at the moment is the infamous ‘Cards Against Humanity’, described as ‘a party game for horrible people’. The aim of the game is to fill in the blanks with mature content phrases, hoping to achieve the funniest or most offensive statement. Gather your housemates and a couple of bevvies and find out who’s the most horrible housemate.
2) Throw a house party
No money to go out? No problem. Save yourself the hassle of paying club entry and forking out for expensive drinks and bring the party home. You can rustle up as many inventive cocktails as you like with your leftover booze in the cupboard, rather than paying £9 a pop. Plus no queuing for the bar, a taxi, the loo or being squashed in the smoking area. Winning.
3) Go exploring in the Peaks
Right on your doorstep is one of the most beautiful green spaces in the country, and all you need to enjoy it is a couple of quid bus fare. With walks for experienced hikers or laid-back dog walkers, you can spend the day exploring reserves, valleys and oak woodlands. That fresh in your lungs will do wonders for a hangover too.
4) Feed the animals at Graves Park
The perfect way to forget about those ever dooming deadlines and again, only a bus journey away is Graves Park Farm. A wonderful farm home to an array of animals including piglets (yes, really), pigs, goats, guinea pigs, chicks, hens, chickens, donkeys, deer and a huge selection of local and exotic birds. Buy a bag of feed and spend the afternoon taking cute Snapchats of piglets. To get to the farm it takes about 20 minutes on the number 20 bus from Charter Row.
5) Visit galleries and museums
If you’re living in a new city for the next three years (hopefully), museums and galleries are a great place to learn about local history and see some wacky and wonderful exhibitions from local and international artists. In Sheffield you can check out Weston Park Museum, Millennium Gallery and Graves Gallery.