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How to Survive Christmas on a Student Budget

With lectures and studying taking up the majority of your time, also rent, food and your social life taking up the majority of your money, it may be stressful to work out how you’re going to survive Christmas without being a scrooge.

One issue is seeing friends over the winter break. You all come from different corners of the city or even country and transport can be pricey. This may be a given, but try to arrange a day where you can all meet up, the two birds one stone affect. You can organise a house party (buy a cheap bottle of wine) and get all your friends together so you can celebrate Christmas without having to really go out. And as a stereotypical student I believe nothing beats a good house party.

But, if you do fancy going out and about around London theses are a few things you can do without breaking the bank.

It is hard to find someone that doesn’t want to go ice skating over the Christmas period. But, if you look around you can save money as the prices do vary. To go ice skating at Tower of London and Hampton court Palace both will cost you £13.50 each, which is fairly reasonable compared to Canary wharf which will cost you £16.95. And, the much loved winter wonderland (which I love to visit but I found was quite expensive when I got there. Will cost you £15.50 to go at peak time, so I recommend going at off peak and saving yourself £6 as it only costs £9.50 to go off- peak.

Over Christmas who doesn’t enjoy singing a good carol, and as it is the season for giving. So why don’t you and a group of friends get involved in this amazing charity carol singing event to raise money for Country Holidays for Inner City Kids (CHICKS) on Dec 18th  in Trafalgar square.  The singing slot takes place between 3 -4pm with a ‘rehearsal’ at a nearby office from 1.30 – 2.30pm. So if you don’t fancy singing along, people to collect money are also needed. Drinks and chocolate will be supplied! If you are interested please contact Mick Ryan   mick@chicks.org.uk or call 01822 811020 for more information.

If you don’t fancy singing carols in Trafalgar square. Christmas markets are always great to go to over Christmas, and as I said earlier I love winter wonderland but I found when I got there it was expensive. So I looked into other markets,

New for this year, Christmas in Leicester Square runs from Friday November 11th to Sunday January 8 2017, placed right in in the middle of central London’s Leicester square. The closest tube station is Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus, the Christmas market is free to enter. But, as expected you will have to pay for extra activities such as the La Soirée performances. Other things you can find here is, a market full of trinkets and food; and Santa’s grotto.  So maybe after your afternoon of singing carols you can head over to Leicester to wonder round a festive market.

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