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Best student summer holidays (all under £150)

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Sun, sea and sensational savings – every student's dream. Here's how to book an amazing summer holiday at bargain prices...

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Going on holiday as a student can feel like a big ask. If you're able to build up some cash in your savings, a summer trip could become one of your ultimate uni highlights.

And after a long year of deadlines, revision and exams, you definitely deserve the break.

To help you find a holiday on a budget, we've scoured the country for the best deals. You can bag these cheap summer getaways for under £150 per person.

To reduce your carbon footprint, you can avoid flights by going for a cheap holiday in the UK instead.

Cheap holidays for students

Here are the best holiday packages this summer if you're travelling on a budget:

  1. On the Beach holidays – from £137+ pp

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    Holiday packages include

    • Flights from a range of destinations across the UK
    • Accommodation
    • Choice of locations all over Europe
    • Option of getting all-inclusive.

    About On the Beach

    If you're looking for somewhere hot that's near the sea, head to On the Beach.

    As they offer holiday packages with flights and accommodation, they make it easy to plan a trip.

    For the cheapest deals, have a look at their self-catered options. You can save (even more!) money while you're there by prepping meals with your friends and cooking together in the apartment.

    Check out On the Beach »


  2. loveholidays student holidays – from £139+ pp

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    Holiday packages include

    • Flights from a range of destinations across the UK
    • Accommodation
    • Choice of locations all over Europe
    • Option of getting all-inclusive
    • 24/7 in-resort support.

    About loveholidays

    For cheap student trips to somewhere sunny, have a look at the deals on loveholidays. They're among some of the lowest-cost options that we've found. However, we wouldn't necessarily suggest immediately picking the cheapest holiday they have.

    Some of the hotels in their flight and accommodation packages are one-star, and you've got to think about whether a holiday offers the facilities you need. For example, if you're going to a super hot country in summer, will there be air conditioning?

    There are reasonably-priced holidays with three-star hotels, so have a look at the different deals that are within your budget to find the best pick for you.

    Our Content Editor, Lauren Allen, is a travel expert. She's previously found great deals on loveholidays:

    Booking through third party websites can often save a lot of cash. A few years ago, I saved hundreds while booking return flights from the UK to India via loveholidays. Although the trip was sadly cancelled due to covid, that money would have been spent on a hot air balloon ride over Jaipur instead. Who can argue with that?

    Check out loveholidays »


  3. Thomas Cook holidays – from £149+ pp

    Holiday packages include

    • Flights from a range of destinations across the UK
    • Accommodation
    • Cheap summer holidays in Europe and Africa
    • Option of getting all-inclusive budget holidays.

    About Thomas Cook

    Planning a holiday on a budget doesn't have to be stressful. Thankfully, Thomas Cook offers a wide range of cheap getaways. In fact, they offer some of the cheapest holidays for students.

    From beach holidays to city breaks, they've got you covered! With a range of destinations to choose from, you could be sunning it up in Portugal or getting lost in the souks of Morocco in no time.

    By visiting cheap destinations and taking advantage of low-cost activities, Lauren Allen can travel more often:

    Finding a cheap package holiday can be exciting, but it's important to consider the cost of travelling in your chosen destination. Beach holidays reduce the cost of activities, while countries such as Morocco offer great value for money.

    Check out Thomas Cook »


  4. Holiday Globe getaways – from £105+ pp

    Holiday packages include

    • Flights from a range of destinations across the UK
    • Accommodation
    • Choice of locations all over Europe.

    About Holiday Globe

    Finding budget package holidays isn't always easy, but if you're flexible on duration, you can save a lot of money. While we all love week-long adventures, a few days in the sun is better than nothing, right?

    Another great way to save some cash is to bag cheap accommodation. While it's not as nice as fancy 4 or 5-star hotels (obvs), does it really matter if you'll be spending most of your time out and about? Just make sure you check the reviews first then you're good to go.

    No matter how long you want to go away for, Holiday Globe has a deal for you!

    Check out Holiday Globe »


Struggle with the soaring temperatures when you're on holiday? Check out the cheap ways to stay cool in the heat.

How to find cheap summer holidays

These are the best ways to save money on a trip:

  1. Be spontaneous – If you're okay with not having everything planned super far in advance, and you're flexible about where you go, then sites like are perfect for finding budget holidays. Especially if you consider visiting the cheapest summer holiday destinations.
  2. Get cheap flights (if they're not included) – Use our simple guide to getting cheaper flights to make sure you get the best deal.
  3. Get insurance – It's always worth getting cheap travel insurance. It can cost you less than a tenner. Plus, you'll be thankful for it if you break your ankle jumping off a donkey on a Spanish beach...
  4. Spend wisely – Avoid the trap of getting charged to spend money abroad. Using your debit card abroad is a big no-no. Luckily, we've written a guide to getting travel money for less.
  5. Avoid school holidays – More people go on holiday while kids are off school, so travel companies hike the prices up. Bonus: this means you can also avoid annoying families.
  6. Work on holiday – If you're willing to spend some time grafting while away, working abroad for the summer could cancel out the cost of your holiday.
  7. Try festivals – It may not be a week-long holiday, but a festival trip in the UK or abroad can be great value for money. Check out our festival guide to see your options.
  8. Consider interrailing – Going interrailing as a student might sound like a cliché, but there's a reason it's so popular. Travel passes can be super cheap, and you'll have the chance to visit several parts of Europe rather than just one. And with our tips for finding cheap hotels, you won't have to break the bank either.
  9. Get creative – Don't believe it's possible to travel the world without paying the earth? Check out our interview with someone who went on 10 holidays in a year for HALF the average Brit's annual holiday spend.

Bon voyage!

Get yourself in holiday mode with these cheap summery cocktail recipes.

Tom Allingham

WRITTEN BY Tom Allingham

Tom joined Save the Student in 2017, initially heading up the editorial team before becoming Communications Director. He has appeared as a Student Finance expert on a range of TV and radio stations including the BBC, ITV and Sky, sharing his top tips for saving money and cutting student bills.
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