Top Summer Holiday Destinations for Students | The 2022 Student Guide

Finding a great summer holiday is an important part of your student life leading up to the end of the academic year. You’ve worked hard this year and deserve to have a nice break over the summer months to recharge your batteries and to come back to university refreshed and ready to go.

This 2022 guide to summer holidays for students is aimed at helping you make the most of your time off, giving you some tips on how to afford a nice holiday and some options for summer breaks both in the UK and abroad.


How to save money when booking summer holidays as a student?

The first thing to think about is how to get the best prices if you’re planning a holiday abroad.

You want to treat yourself, sure, but there must be a balance and there are plenty of places where you can find good holidays on a decent student budget. Here are some tips on what to look out for.

  1. Last-minute bookings – One of the best ways to save money is to be as spontaneous as you can and book a last-minute holiday. If you’re not that bothered about where you end up and find that style of travelling exciting, this is the way for you. Sites like have been serving up great holiday packages at the last second for years. Take a look and see what gems you can find last minute.
  2. Book cheap travel – You can get ticket alerts from the Trainline for the cheapest train tickets as they are put on sale. Interrailing is a fantastic way to travel around Europe via rail without it costing you loads of money and a site like Skyscanner is a great tool to search for flights wherever you want to go. The cheapest travel is either booked well in advance or last minute, so it’s up to you which approach you to want to take.
  3. Cheap accommodation – If you’re not fussy about where you put your head down at night you can find some pretty cheap accommodation for your travels this summer. Airbnb opens up people’s homes for you to stay in, whilst hostels always offer a cheap, safe, and clean option for budget accommodation in most locations. For those who really don’t mind where they sleep, couch surfing is a great way to meet locals and to get your head down for free!



Top summer holidays for students abroad

Let’s start by looking at some of the most interesting holidays you can take abroad during the summer.

Lisbon, Portugal


A glorious beach and city break combined in one.

Lisbon is one of the iconic European cities to stroll around. The tiled buildings, grand avenues, and the aesthetically pleasing rooftops from one of the many vantage points make this a romantic break away, and it usually doesn’t cost too much to get there when compared with other sun-soaked parts of Europe.

Take some time to travel around the city on a tram, walk along the coast to see Belém Tower, enjoy live Fado music and dance, and whatever you do, make sure you try some pastel de nata. (Flights from the UK for under £100 in July)


Dubrovnik, Croatia


No longer a hidden gem but still one of the more cost-effective European summer holidays for students, Dubrovnik is the jewel in the crown of the Adriatic summer experience.

Wherever you turn it’s like looking at a picture postcard rather than real life, the medieval city walls and Baroque stone buildings are just something else.

In Dubrovnik, you’ve got great food, Game of Thrones tours (if that’s your thing), perfect blue sea for lounging or water sports.

(Flights from the UK for under £200 in July)


Berlin, Germany


We are not sure if there are any cities in the world cooler than Berlin. It is just a magical city.

It’s vast in architecture and infrastructure with wide boulevards that give it a grand feel, yet it also feels friendly and has a community feel that you don’t expect in capital cities.

The nightlife is extreme and starts very late at night/early in the morning, there’s a cool arts scene, great food and the tourist sites like Museum Island are superb too.

(Flights from the UK for under £80 in July/Trains from London to Berlin for under £100)


Budapest, Hungary


A city that is always crackling with hidden gems of bars and nightlife to explore and enjoy, Budapest has a bit of everything on offer.

The ruin bars are worth visiting, setting up cool homes in abandoned buildings, whilst a cruise on the Danube River is as refreshing as it’s beautiful.

The baths are well worth giving a go-to, for an ultra-relaxing time, but above all else, it’s a cheaper city to stroll around and enjoy yourself in than many others.

There’s always a good mix of people from all over the world to chat to and make new friends.

(Flights from the UK for under £100 in July)


Ibiza, Spain


The original party island of the Mediterranean, Ibiza is a stunning Spanish island where you can sun yourself during the days and party away throughout the night.

The flights are cheap and accommodation is pretty decent too.

There are old-time cobbled streets in the towns, world-famous views of nature and the sea, great beaches to get tanned, and some of the finest dance DJs on the planet are regularly spotted at the island’s clubs. It’s been a hedonistic destination for decades for good reason!

(Flights from the UK for under £100 in July).



Explore the UK this summer

You can also have a great summer holiday for students in the UK, with plenty of fantastic options available to you.

We’re blessed with some of the best countryside and coastlines in this country, as well as interesting city breaks in all corners of the UK.

Depending on where your university is, you might be looking for a city break and something a bit busier than what you’re used to, or a refreshing escape out to the countryside.

Lake District

Lake Distric

Perfect for camping, comfortable stays at quaint B&Bs, strolls around the many magnificent lakes, and incredible scenery.




The Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle, Arthur’s Seat, and a magical city of old and new to explore on foot.




Scenic beaches and coastal paths that will blow your mind, breathe in that fresh coastal Welsh air and explore an underappreciated part of the UK.


Scottish Highlands

Scottish Highlands

Remote and peaceful, travel by classic train or by car, see viaducts, drink whisky and search for the Loch Ness monster whilst surrounded by mountains that could place you in another world from what you’re used to.




Picture-perfect image of the quintessential English village, the Cotswolds is beautiful, offering amazing countryside walks, cosy pubs and villages.



You’ve packed up your student accommodation at the end of the academic year and now it’s time to go off on the perfect summer holiday for students. You’ve got some choices to make, leave it to book last minute or well in advance; fly abroad or take the train to a UK holiday destination. There are loads of great holiday options for you to take up. Make the most of the summer, you deserve it after a year of working hard.