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Students with limited pockets

Students with limited pockets

Hi there!

A friend of mine and I are thinking of travelling to Scotland (though Ireland would be good, too) for about three weeks or so, and considering our preferences and limitations, I wanted to know your thoughts on it.

We are: Two 24 years old girls, art students, suuper chill, no hard partying required at all, but meeting (preferably nice, ha) people over a drink or a good burger or whatever is aaalways a happy occasion, nature is a must but we would like a bit of city as well, and to visit more than one place, move around a little but we no backpacking, exactly. And last but definitely not least, we are looking for it to be as inexpensive as possible, accepting all the sacrifices this might entail, of course. You can't have everything. Oh, and we would stay about three weeks in July (my friend isn't the biggest fan of cold cilmates, but depending on what you tell me I might whisper it between coughs and move on to a different subject very quickly).

Oh, and if there are some festivals or cool events that you know of... Of course we will do our own research further along, but we are just brewing this whole thing, so maybe you can point something out for us?

Considering aaall of this, do you think some kind of trip to any of these places is viable, altogether? Maybe there is no inexpensive for three weeks in these places.


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1. Re: Students with limited pockets

You can start off with having a look at www.hostelworld.com to get an idea of the low end of sleeps in lots of locations. August is festival time in E’burgh, so its most expensive. July and August are peak vacation times so that drives prices up also in Ireland as well.

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2. Re: Students with limited pockets

Dundee is a cool and cheap city in Scotland. It's on the east coast and because of where it sits, it has its own microclimate and is the sunniest city in Scotland. It's cheap - you can get a pint for £3.50 if you look hard enough - and pretty and not very crowded. It's close to St Andrews which is beautiful and historic and it's only an hour from Edinburgh by train.

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3. Re: Students with limited pockets

If you could move to the latter three weeks of June you would avoid absolute peak season in terms of how busy it is, and accommodation costs/availability. Temperatures won't be cold.

You can keep an eye out on sites like this for forthcoming music events/festivals


Are you within the UK, or travelling from elsewhere for your trip?

There are some useful links for planning getting about here



This site may be of use in terms of youth hostels (a non-profit charity), often with choices of shared or private rooms


Some ideas that might be worth investigating here for cheap and quirky accommodation, depending on how travel might work for you


And, then there's always airbnb.

There are ways to enjoy where you are without spending the earth. For instance if you have some time in Edinburgh, see ideas for free things to do/see here




The Highlands


The Visit Scotland site is a mine of information, and it will repay you to do some of your own browsing/research to help you formulate a basic plan, based on what interests you, along with looking at how to get around. You can then return to your topic here and people will be happy to comment on plans/logistics, etc., I'm sure. I appreciate that at this moment you haven't got even the start of a plan, but you need to start somewhere, and there are lots of resources out there to help you do so, based on what appeals to you on the one hand, and the logistics and your budget and time-frame on the other.

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4. Re: Students with limited pockets

Hostels are your best bet, in Glasgow there is EuroHostel, not sure of prices but it will suit the budget traveler.

Equally you could look at the Budget Chains like Travelodge, Premier Inn, Easy Hotel and Motel One.

Eating out can be done on a Budget via Pubs, especially deals from Wetherspoons (there is at least one in every town and city) they have deals like a Main + Drink for around £6, other pubs have similar deals like 2 Meals for £10 Etc.

For lunch you could have a Meal Deal from any of the big Supermarkets, usually a Sandwich/wrap, packet of Crisps (Chips) and a can of Coke for £3.

Getting around you can use trains, especially if you travel off peak (after 09:15) where a return ticket is pennies more than a standard Single!

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5. Re: Students with limited pockets

If you don't need to come in July then June or even May would be better cost wise.

Maybe take a look at https://www.hostellingscotland.org.uk/ which is the Scottish version of the YHA. Probably a good way to meet people too.

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6. Re: Students with limited pockets

Would agree if you have limited funds June would be better and it is normally the driest month of the year with often the best temp and it is normally 'Pre Midge' season and pre School holidays when prices go up.. For good but cheap accommodation look at the Hosteling web site as it is also a good place to meet similar like minded people. www.hostellingscotland.org.uk

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7. Re: Students with limited pockets

Definitely take a look at Scottish YHA for accommodation options, use them when hillwalking, good value and always good fun with people from all over to chat with!

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8. Re: Students with limited pockets

Out of term-time you can sometimes find cheap accommodation at student residences. I use www.universityrooms.com , but there aren't many Scottish ones there.

Note that at Durham, just over the border in England, some of the student accommodation is actually within the ancient castle, with an amazing historic dining room for breakfast. For a fraction of the cost of a luxury castle hotel!

Unfortunately you can seldom book very far in advance; the universities won't have sorted out any summer conferences until well into next year, and rooms are made available very randomly, so you just have to keep checking ....

9. Re: Students with limited pockets

Thank you all so so much! And for being nice about it, too :)

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