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Days out for when you're broke

Procrastination – we’ve all been guilty of it… But, whatever you’re putting off – studying, household chores, bathing the dog – you’ll feel better about it by getting out to see your mates.

Take a break and hop on a train for a cheapo day out with your pals. We’ve done our research to find plans that’ll leave even the tightest of budgets with spare change.


Get cheap laughs in Nottingham

While everyone else is having an over-priced candlelit dinner this Valentine’s Day, you could be having a laugh with your mates at the Canalhouse bar, which is just up the road from Nottingham station. Their award-winning comedy gig on the 14th of February will only set you back £1 – we’re pretty sure you couldn’t even get a drink in the SU for that cheap, well maybe…

Getting hot under the collar about your upcoming exams? Chill out and go ice skating at Nottingham’s National Ice Centre for a fiver (when you show a valid student card), it’s a 10-minute walk from Nottingham train station. Club nights are pretty regular here too, and £10 is all it costs for a night of dancing (or falling) on ice to the latest tunes. Their calendar of events often has things like foam parties and UV disco nights too.

Where are you coming from?

Trains from Derby to Nottingham
Trains from Loughborough to Nottingham
Trains from Sheffield to Nottingham
Trains from Lincoln to Nottingham

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Be a wizard for the day in Oxford

The charming city of Oxford is just an hour from London, so it’s an ideal daytrip for those daring enough to leave the capital. Some of Oxford University’s college buildings were used as filming locations for Harry Potter, so whether you’re a Drama Undergrad or you’re doing a Science Masters, you can take a tour and pretend to be a student of witchcraft and wizardry for the day. Choose our Mobile Ticket option when you book your train tickets, and – just like magic – your phone will become your ticket, no wand waving needed.

We can’t say for sure about broomsticks, but you can bring your bike on the train with you for free – Oxford is great for cyclists. Read up on what you need to know about taking your bike on the train.

Where are you coming from?

Trains from Reading to Oxford
Trains from London to Oxford

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Have a Balti in Birmingham

What could be a better way to bond with new housemates or catch up with old coursemates than going for a good old Ruby Murray? Everyone knows that curries were made for sharing, so get a few friends together and you’ll save 34% on your train tickets with our GroupSave option*.

Alternatively, if you need to clear your head, ready to fill it full of facts to pass your exams, take a trip to Birmingham Botanical Gardens – you’ll get 2 for 1 entry with your train ticket. There’s plenty of greenery here, and a walk through the four desert and tropical greenhouses will probably cost less than a spa day.

Check out all the different discounts on offer when you travel by train.

Where are you coming from?

Trains from Coventry to Birmingham
Trains from Northampton to Birmingham
Trains from Leicester to Birmingham

*Select the GroupSave option from the Railcards drop-down menu when booking and get 34% off your tickets when you travel Off-Peak together in groups of three to nine.

Experience a legendary pub crawl in Cambridge

All that swotting you’ve done for your degree earns you a pint, or a pub crawl’s-worth of pints. Sure, your own universities will have various traditions, but Cambridge’s King Street Run is a famous pastime for students. Legend has it that students would take on the challenge of drinking eight pints, one in each in the various pubs, along King Street. King Street is just a 20-minute walk from Cambridge Station and you could always stop in at Lockhouse Escape Rooms along the way. The puzzles and clues you have to solve within an hour could be classed as revision, just saying.

Use your Railcard when you book your train tickets to get 1/3 off, allowing you to splash out a little on a £50 ticket for one of Lockhouse’s various games – Armageddon, Egyptian Tomb and Secret Agent – which have a ton of five-star reviews on TripAdvisor.

Where are you coming from?

Trains from London to Cambridge


Get Virtual in London

The Four Thieves in Battersea has a permanent Virtual Reality experience that you can book in 20-minute slots for £15.00. There’s plenty to do afterwards, thanks to the pub’s mini golf course, retro arcade and an escape room game. And, on Wednesdays, their comedy nights “Laugh Train Home” brings down the house. Getting there couldn’t be easier, just catch the train to Clapham Junction, and it’s a 10-minute walk away.

Nearby, you’ve got the choice of Battersea Park and Clapham Common for a kick around.  

Trains from Surrey Quays to Clapham Common
Trains from Brighton to Clapham Common
Trains to London

Days out with friends don’t have to mean dipping into your student loan. If you book Advance train tickets with us you could save up to 43%, compared with buying your ticket on the day of travel.

It’s never too early to plan your summer either, why not buy an Interrail pass with us? Choose an all-access Global Pass and visit up to 30 European countries, or for a more in-depth trip to one destination get yourself a One Country Pass.



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