When you’re at university, you can find yourself falling into a repetitive rhythm of studying and going on nights out. Although this is great fun, sometimes it’s nice to mix these things up a bit and do something a little bit different. Here are a few ideas.

Student discount

If you’re registered on practically any course of higher or further education in Britain you should be eligible to receive an NUS discount card. This is provided by the National Union of Students (NUS) which is an organisation made-up of over 600 unions from various universities and colleges around the country. Many companies understand that student budgets don’t stretch that far and offer discounted rates to those with NUS cards. It’s easy to forget about your card when busy with uni life, but it opens up a lot more opportunities than just giving you money off high street fashion.

Tourist attractions

Going to university often means moving to a new part of the country which for many involves getting to know a town or city they might never have been to before. It’s more than likely your student card will give you cheaper admissions to many of the local attractions, so there probably won’t be a better time to act like a tourist right on your own doorstep.

See the world

During the long summer holidays many take a break from their studies and go travelling. Reduced rates are offered by several airlines for those with student cards. Many people pick up part time jobs during the academic year in order to be able to afford this. Balancing work, studying a social life on a budget can be quite challenging but it’ll seem well worth it when you’re sunning yourself on a beach on the other side of the world.

Exhilarating activities

If you’re looking for something a little closer to home, why not organise an outing with your friends that’s a little bit different form the usual nights out. Trips to ice rinks or paintball are always great fun and will be the kind of day out you’ll remember long after you’ve graduated.

Indoor go karting is becoming particularly popular with students. Many facilities will offer NUS discount; do a quick search online to find your nearest raceway and check out their student deals. You should be able to save even more by booking blocks of sessions in one go. If you’re involved in any particular club or society you could make a trip to your local karting track your regular social get together. Your university might have a society for fans of karting which will probably arrange regular racing days and if they don’t, you could always start one.