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Best student summer holidays (all under £200)

Saving and scrimping throughout the year can help you build up a small stash of summer dosh – but not enough to pay for a week away in the sun, right? Wrong!

cheap student holidays under £200

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Going on holiday as a student can be a big ask. Your student loan is often barely enough to live on, let alone put away for savings.

But if you can afford it, a summer trip could end up being one of your uni highlights (as long as you don't end up sleeping face-down in an ant hill).

We have scoured the country for the best value student holidays this summer, all for under £200pp.

It's worth noting that holiday deals will pop up from time to time and we'll post them in our deals section here.

These holidays are all package deals, often including nights out. If you book your flights, accommodation and activities separately, you could bag a better deal!

Top holiday choices

Amsterdam Invasion – £134+

invasian amsterdam cheap holidayDetails: November-June, average duration is three nights

Includes:

  • Travel
  • Accommodation
  • Guidance from Invasion's specialist reps

Our take: Invasion is one of our favourite travel companies because of the value for money. A holiday for just over £130 is never something to turn your nose up at and the party atmosphere that the Invasion reps provide is great.

The price doesn't include things to do (though they do lay on events for an extra £20 – £30 each), and it only runs for the first few weeks of the summer, but £134 for travel, accommodation and expert advice is a great deal.

Invasion do trips to loads of other destinations, too, so if Amsterdam isn't your scene, there's always Barcelona, or Prague, or Budapest, or countless others!

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Party Hard Travel (Malia) – £190

party hard travel malia cheap holidayDetails: Seven nights

Includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Entry to loads of events and club nights, including a cruise
  • Party Hard summer t-shirt and wristband
  • Party Hard rep
  • ATOL and TTA financial protection

Our take: Party Hard Travel do tours all across the Med, but we reckon their Malia offering is the best value. The number of events that you get entry to for £190 is worth the cost alone, but seven nights of accommodation as well?! Bargains for days.

You will have to sort your own flights, though, so check out our guide on how to get cheap flights.

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Thomas Cook Club 18-30 Holidays (Ibiza) – £195+

thomas cook club 18 30 cheap holidayIncludes:

  • Flights and accommodation
  • Facilities and events will vary depending on your specific booking
  • ATOL financial protection

Our takeWith flights and accommodation included, booking through Thomas Cook takes care of the hard parts. The cheaper packages won't include much in the way of facilities and events, but see this as an opportunity to pick your own itinerary!

Also, if Ibiza isn't your bag, Club 18-30 offers trips to a whole host of other destinations, too.

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Tui Scene Holidays – £168+

tui scene holiday cheapIncludes:

  • Flights and accommodation
  • Choice of locations all over Europe
  • The option of getting all-inclusive
  • Great deals for groups
  • 24/7 helpline

Our take: The Tui option is slightly more expensive (depending on where you choose) but they are a well known and trusted company. They have plenty of holidays perfect for students at reasonable prices – so reasonable, that we're prepared to forgive their horrendous adverts with the cover of Ain't Nobody.

Flights and accommodation are included in the price of most of their holidays and you can travel to top destinations in Europe such as Greece and Spain.

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On the Beach clubbing holidays – approx £180+

on the beach cheap student holidayIncludes:

  • Flights and accommodation
  • Choice of locations all over Europe
  • The option of getting all-inclusive
  • ATOL financial protection

Our take: Looking for a holiday with sun, sea and sand? On the Beach sounds like it's a good place to start!

Like Tui and Thomas Cook, you're unlikely to get any nights out or events included in your booking with On the Beach. However, for sorting your flights and accommodation, it's hard to see how you could go too wrong here.

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Extra holiday saving tips

To make sure you don't spend over your budget you might want to try these extra tips too.

  1. Be spontaneous – If you're someone who doesn't have to plan everything, are happy to go pretty much anywhere and are happy to leave it until the last minute, then sites like Lastminute.com are perfect for finding bargains
  2. Get cheap flights (if they're not included) – Use our simple guide to getting cheaper flights to make sure you aren't overcharged
  3. Get insurance – This might appear to be an extra cost, but get some cheap travel insurance and you'll be thankful for it when you break your ankle jumping off a donkey on a Spanish beach… 
  4. Spend wisely – Getting charged for spending abroad is something that a lot of us learn the harsh way. Using your debit card abroad is a big NO NO. Luckily we have written a guide to getting travel money for less
  5. Avoid school holidays – More people go on holiday during these times so the companies hike the prices up. What's more, you can also avoid the annoying families
  6. Work on holiday – If you're willing to spend some time grafting, working abroad for the summer could cancel out the cost of your holiday
  7. Try festivals – It may not be a week's holiday but you could definitely find some festivals both in the UK and abroad that are great value for money. Check out our festivals guide to see your options
  8. Consider interrailing – Going interrailing as a student sounds clichéd, but there's a reason it's so popular. Passes can be super cheap, and you'll have the chance to visit several parts of Europe rather than just one
  9. Get creative – Don't believe that it's possible to travel the world without paying the earth? Well just check out our interview with a woman who went on 10 holidays in a year for HALF the average Brit's annual holiday spend!

If you have found any great holiday deals this summer then please share them with us so that everyone can take advantage of them!

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