UK-based student-friendly holiday ideas

Staying in the UK for your holiday can be a great compromise if you cant go abroad. Though the weather may not always be quite so enticing, there are many different types of holiday you can have in the UK that are worth trying. Here are 5 ideas for UK based holidays.


One of the easiest ways to have a cheap but fun UK holiday is to go camping. There are many different campsites all over the UK, and these are often in some great beauty spots. You could choose to stay either in one location or to hop around different campsites to see more areas.

Resort holidays

Resort style holidays can be a cheap and cheerful way to feel as though you’re in an all inclusive in Spain whilst you’re actually on the British coast. There are various companies that offer holidays, from the loud entertainment side of Butlins to the more adventure woodland holidays of Centre Parcs. Often these sites can be deemed expensive, but with the freedom of University timetables you can make them cheaper. Look for times that are out of school holidays and you can save more than half of the costs – sometimes even up to £1000! It may take some organisation but it is definitely worth it.

Rail adventure

The UK has many railways that can take you all over. There are specialist steam railways, and even sleeper trains across the country. You could plan a rail holiday yourself, or let an expert tour operator arrange everything. Whether it’s five days exploring the valleys of mid Wales by rail with accommodation, half board, transport and guides, or two weeks discovering the Emerald Isla, there are many options to try. For a selection of some of the best UK rail holidays, try

City breaks

Packed with culture, sights, architecture, eateries, independent shops, and much more, cities around the UK offer a lot in terms of stay-cations. They’re the perfect way to go on a little getaway without breaking the bank but still soak up a ton of culture and explore new places. Particular cities to visit would be Manchester, York, Brighton or Edinburgh, all of which have great train links too.

Check out some previous Student Life articles on city breaks for students for more.

Rediscover your hometown

Depending on how long you have been away, there is a chance that your hometown may have just changed in this time. Try looking out for areas you haven’t explored before, or venues that you never thought of visiting.  Maybe you could find a secret garden, or discover your new favourite restaurant?

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