Five ways to make the most of a gap year

If you plan to take time off before university or work, Jessica Moore offers some options that could enhance your CV

How to InterRail on a student budget - and totally, completely and utterly fail

After a rather brilliant and quite terrible trip last summer, Katherine Burch and John Harrison fill you in on where to go, and what to avoid at all possible costs and then avoid some more

Six unexpected destinations for a splendid student summer holiday

For culture - Riga, Latvia

Eight ways for students to seize summer - without breaking the bank

Finished exams, long summer ahead and so much you’d like to squeeze in? There’s one problem, money. Students are renowned for being skint, but luckily there are so many ways of travelling and making the most of your summer without breaking the bank!

Seven smart steps to holidaying on a student budget

Every student entertains the idea of jetting off to sun and fun with their mates in the summer. But as loans dry up, there’s only so much cash to hand to fund such an expedition. Here are some useful tips to help enjoy your own happy budget holiday:

Political protests and lifelong friendships, but barely a Pharaoh in sight: A year abroad in Egypt

For some language courses, a year in Paris is usual. But if you're reading Arabic, you have to travel a little further afield, as Rosie Collington found out

Getting piste on the cheap: The art of the budget weekend student skiing holiday

Deadlines and bills can knock most students down to breaking point. With little enjoyment left in life, money can serve as a comfort, going out and splurging cash on a fancy meal or a new outfit can provide a temporary solution. However, forking out for a long weekend on the slopes is a resort many have to turn to in the search for a less temporary solution to new years depression as a student. A high adrenaline holiday is enough to take anyone’s minds off of the stresses of student life.

Want an earnest answer to 'voluntourism'? The International Citizen Service may be for you

Is it possible to travel the world and actually do some good?

Going home for Christmas: The best ways to freeload off your parents in the holidays

After a term's worth of student living, why not make the most of the comforts of home this Christmas?

Young volunteers tidy up the Thames riverbank with the Waterways Trust

Thinking of volunteering on your gap year? Good news, it can help you live longer

It’s official, you get what you give, and the notion of good karma might just have some truth in it. Scientists at the University of Exeter have proved that volunteering can help you live longer, with the risk of dying lessened by more than a fifth.

For a truly alternative gap year, why not have a year here?

More school leavers than ever before are heading off, but if the thought – and cost – of saving elephants in Kenya fills you with dread, there’s a new option closer to home

Trips to places such as Machu Picchu make gappers eager students

Gap year: An extra year to develop talents

Those who take a gap between A-levels and university often return to study with increased confidence and self-reliance

The great escape: Our guide to gap year travel

Whether you spend several months enhancing your CV or just plan to see the world, make your time out count

Couchsurfing: More than just a free bed for the night

The growing popularity of couchsurfing is revolutionising travel for impoverished students. But what is it, and how can you get the most out of the site?

Pranks: A sign of a healthy local student population

50 things to do before you leave university

University is a very special time in your life. There are some incredible opportunities for personal growth. And also for being very, very silly. Studentbeans is all about this (plus, of course, the freebies, discounts and money saving - join now, it's free!) - so they've created this handy list to work through before you leave uni. How many have you already done?

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