It’s pretty much a given that at some point during your time at university, you’re going to end up with a bank balance that makes you feel more than a little uncomfortable. That doesn’t mean, however, that you have to stop having a life until payday. Read on to find some ideas for free and cheap things you can do when you’re broke AF at La Trobe University, Bundoora Campus.
1. Go for a walk.
Even if you’re not overly athletic, going for a walk can be fun or at least relaxing. It’s a good way to refresh your mind if you’ve been studying all day and you might even come across the campus ducks.
2. Go to the park.
Parks aren’t only for small children. There’s plenty of room to kick a ball around if that’s your thing and the swings are always fun – just remember to be mindful of children if they’re around.
3. Watch something on Netflix.
This one could technically fall under the ‘cheap’ category instead depending on whether it’s your account or not but all you really need is an internet connection.
Bonus points for this one if you have a friend who lives on Chisholm College and you can make use of the cinema room.
4. Visit a friend.
Friendship doesn’t cost anything and sometimes it’s nice to just sit around and chat.
5. Go for a picnic.
You obviously need food for a picnic so if you really want to get technical this isn’t free but if you use food you already have in the house it’s close enough.
There are plenty of places on campus where you can relax in the sun and get a tan if that’s your thing. If not, you can get sunscreen pretty cheap and the warmth is rather nice.
7. Read a book.
Sure, you can download pretty much any title straight to your phone or tablet instantly these days but sometimes it’s nice to have real paper and ink in front of you.
8. Go window shopping.
Even if you don’t buy anything it’s still fun to wander around a shopping centre and look at what’s on offer. Plus you can make a list of things you want to buy when you get paid.
9. Sit and watch the ducks.
They’re pretty awesome little critters and can be quite interesting to watch.
10. Take a nap.
When all else fails, go to sleep and deal with the world later.
1. Go on a maccas date.
It’s literally right across the road and even if you can’t afford a meal you can get frozen drinks or ice-cream for a dollar.
2. Go to a group exercise class at the gym.
This is free if you have a membership or $7.30 at the student rate. It’s also a great way to make new friends and getting fit is an added bonus.
3. Go for coffee.
You can get coffee for less than $5 a cup pretty much anywhere on campus and quite a few cafes around have cheap caffeinated goodness as well.
4. Head into the city.
For the price of your train trip you’ve got an almost endless list of things to do. You can wander around all day and not get bored or if you want specific entertainment you can watch the street performers or go to places like the museum that have free entry for students.
5. Pizza at Stollies.
Believe it or not, a trip to Stollies can actually be quite cheap. If you’re not there to drink your visit can cost as little as $5 with their student pizza menu or if you’ve got a bit more cash their $15 lunch menu doesn’t disappoint.
6. Play pool.
There are plenty of places around the uni where all you have to surrender for a game of pool is a gold coin.
7. Go op shopping.
While it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, op shopping is a fun way to pass time and maybe even pick up some pretty awesome things on the cheap.
8. Get a puzzle book.
For a couple of dollars you’ve got a way to pass time for hours.
9. Go to Kmart.
Everyone knows that Kmart is pretty much every poor uni student’s favourite place. The Summerhill store is open 24/7 and you’ll almost always find something you like.
*Cheapness not guaranteed.
10. Redecorate your room.
Obviously if you live in a rental your options are going to be a bit limited but it’s surprising how much of a difference a change in furniture positions, a few cushions and a new bed spread can change a room.
11. Go online shopping!
Kind of like the earlier mentioned window shopping but you can do it from the comfort of your sofa. You can find pretty much anything you want online and even if you can’t afford what you want right now you can put it in your virtual cart to come back to later.