Cheap Summer Activities

May 13, 2009

One of the best things about being a college student is getting your summers off!  Of course most college students don’t have lots of money so they have all this free time in the summer but no funds to do anything exciting. The author of Studenomics, a personal finance blog that offers common sense advice for college students and recent graduates, put together the list below of cheap summer activities in honor of George Costanza and the summer of George.

Want to have fun this summer but you really don’t have much money thanks to last semester’s tuition and textbook fees? Don’t worry this article will provide you some low cost options for having fun without going broke this summer.

1. Spend the day relaxing at the beach. Plain and simple, no more to add.

2. Go hiking. For those of you that like a little more adventure than beach lounging you can try out going for a hike.  Even if you’re in the city there’s usually a big park where you can get out and tromp around.  Not only is it free, it’s good exercise.

3. Sporting events. I’m not talking about ridiculously overpriced professional sports. I’m referring to those competitive games that are played at a local park that you could watch for free. I personally have the honor of watching my younger brother play soccer in a highly competitive league. It may not be a Manchester United game but the spectators still get a bit wild and out of control with enthusiasm.

4. Free concerts. I doubt you will catch any big name artists but there are always free concerts of small local bands going on during summer nights. Plus you never know the band may end up being the next Rolling Stones and you were there to see them at the beginning. Well that probably won’t happen but you will still have an enjoyable evening.

5. The college campus scene. There is always something happening around the college campus even when classes are not on for you. Around my college campus I have seen free movie screenings, barbeques, dances, and just random hanging out.

6. CitySearch. If you’re really itching to get out on the town but have to make your dollars go a long way, visit CitySearch to find free events in your city.

Studenomics covers a good range of topics for young people looking for advice on how to survive this current recession, grow their careers, manage their finances, go on cheap dates, and still be able to enjoy the weekends.  Here are some other posts he’s published today around the blogosphere as resources for college students during the summer.


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6 Responses to Cheap Summer Activities

  • Erik Folgate

    Getting outdoors, even if it’s really hot, is the best free fun you can have, in my opinion. I am fortunate to live in Florida, so going to the beach, going fishing, and hanging out at a lake are all very accessible for me. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to have fun!

  • Stephanie PTY

    Hiking is definitely my big one! (Well, Geocaching, actually, which has a ~$100 startup cost, but is free from then on.) Here’s something you should definitely do: check out Wisebread’s round up on Things to Do For Under Five Dollars in Your City:

    You’ll find great things to do this summer where you are, for under $5!


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