Go to a festival
The summertime is packed with music festivals to go to. The most well-known, Reading & Leeds Festival, take place on the 24-26 August. Creamfields also takes place on these dates .
Raise money for charity
With the weather warming up it's the ideal time to get out in the sunshine and be active, and what better way to do so than to raise money for a charity at the same time? There are a number of events you can take part in across the UK including:
- Macmillan Cancer Support's Big Sports Day
- NSPCC's New Market Race Day in July
- British Heart Foundation Triathlon
- World Cancer Research Fund's Wildflower Picnic
- A sponsored parachute jump for the Alzheimer's Society
- Big Fun Runs for Mencap
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Watch a film
The Bourne Legacy, the fourth instalment of the Bourne series, is released on August 10th. There's a whole new hero, and Jason Bourne is nowhere to be seen.
Total Recall is released on 3rd August. Colin Farrell stars as Douglas Quaid, a factory worker who uses tech company Rekall Inc to turn his dreams into a reality - the perfect vacation from his humdrum life. But when the procedure goes wrong, he becomes a hunted man.
Sparkle, released August 17th. Tracks Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) as the musical prodigy struggling to become a star, and balancing her promising career with her romantic life. The late Whitney Houston plays her mother.
Visit an exhibition
Experience some culture with these exhibitions taking place over the next couple of months - some are even free so it's well worth a look.
The Queen: Art & Image, at the National Portrait Gallery, London. Runs until 21 October.
Another London, at Tate Britain, London. Runs until 16 September.
Art In Our Time at Leeds Art Gallery. Runs until 26 August.
We Face Forward: Art from West Africa Today, at Manchester Art Gallery. Runs until 16 September.
Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011 at the National Museum Cardiff. Runs until 19 September.
Kah Kit Yoong (Australia) - 'Dawn stars'
See a theatrical production
Shows gracing the stage this summer include:
Shakespeare's classic Macbeth at Sheffield Crucible theatre, until 6th October
In keeping with the Olympics theme of 2012, the Gielgud Theatre in London is running Chariots of Fire until 10th November.
West-End favourite The Lion King is on in Manchester's Palace Theatre until 31st March 2013
Make sure you shop around for tickets - it's always good to compare prices and deals, especially if you're looking for a last minute bargain. You can also get cheap upper slips tickets at the Royal Opera House if you book in advance.
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Go on holiday
If you've managed to save enough of your overdraft to afford a holiday and don't have many commitments for the summer, it's definitely worth finding a last minute deal to go away.
Teletext have holidays for as little as £100 if you depart within a couple of weeks, but it's probably best to check reviews just in case the place is a dive.
In these rocky times it's important that you get as much experience as possible before you finish your degree, it will undoubtedly make you stand out against the opposition to an employer. Check out our short guides to work experience in the career planning section.
Party like it's 1999 (although you'd probably have been about 8...)
Firstly,Wicked Student Nights provides a list of events in major student cities across the UK.
Sign up for Rebel Bingo which takes place in secret locations across major cities, including Manchester, Brighton, and Cardiff.
Some student nights in London to get you started:
Monday - Popcorn @ Heaven
Wednesday - The Sin Bin @ Los Locos
Friday - Retro Fever @ Walkabout Temple
The collections for Spring/Summer 2013 will be shown from September with New York Fashion week kicking off the schedule. If you want to see a collection closer to home, London Fashion Week is running from 14-18 September.
The Olympics kick off on the 27 July and last for two weeks, followed by the Paralympics on the 29 August. Olympic excitement has somewhat overshadowed Wimbledon this year, but surely this is the sporting event everyone will be watching over the summer.
Learn a new skill
Futureversity are offering a range of free courses for 16-25 year olds in London this summer, including courses in art, business, music, film, sports, performing arts and photography. Some last a couple of hours and some up to a couple of weeks, but it's a great way to pass the time and try something you always wanted to try, as well as building up your skill set.
Spend your time helping out others by volunteering in a care home, in charity shops, for the Red Cross or the Samaritans, work with children by volunteering for the Scouts, or find other opportunities at do-it.org.uk.
The 2012 season of BBC Proms concerts runs from 13th July to the Last Night on 8th September, with prices from as little as £7.50.
If you're really hard-up for cash look around for free gigs to go to. Some bands are just starting out and need to get their name out there, but you might just get to see the next big thing before they're discovered.
Start a blog
Social networking isn't just for fun anymore. Twitter is increasingly used for businesses, and blogs are a great way to get your word out there. If you're looking to work in journalism, blogging is an ideal way to not only show that you're keen, but also to develop a style, pick up followers, and show potential employers that you're able to do the job.