The go-to guide if you’re a student wondering how to make the most of your summer this year. Let your hair down after a stressful exam period and let the good times begin.
(Just make sure you've arranged and paid for your student digs first!)
With so many things going on during summer it’s the perfect time to make memories. Dive into your bucket list and wave goodbye to your savings. If you're a student studying at Lancaster University or the Uni of Cumbria then what better way to celebrate your successful exam results with a short escape in the sun with friends.
Holidays are popular among students, with girls and lads holiday being the most popular choice. For this reason we have focused on holiday resorts that appeal more to the students looking for a party destination.
Greece, Zante (Zakynthos)
Average temperature over summer: 27º
Zante is amazing for a student girls/lads holiday. It's renowned for being one of the most popular party destinations for young adults and students. As costs are low this is the perfect destination for students on a budget! Experience the ultimate party experience for a low price.
Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach)
Despite being such a small beach and containing an abandoned old rusty ship, this beach is a fascinating tourist attraction and with good reason. The sea is an exquisite shade of turquoise and the beach is beautiful. Read reviews for yourself, many claim this is the most pretty beach in the world. It does cost to visit this beach as you have to go by a ship or boat cruise. The experience is well worth it. Although do take note sometimes the sea can get pretty wild and if the sea is violent you cannot swim in the water. The beach and sea are a thing of pure beauty and combined with a little swim can prove to be a sensational experience.
Levante Speedboat Excursions
Voted #1 for boat tours in Zakynthos, do I need to say much more? Captain Spiros will go that extra mile with your boat trip to ensure you have en eye-opening experience, with your safety a priority of the trip. Make the most of your experience whilst in Tsilivi and go on the shipwreck trip, visit the Keri caves or even go Turtle spotting. You won't be disappointed. Don’t be afraid to bring your kids along to these trips. All children will be fitted with life jackets to give you that extra comfort that they are safe. That way you can sit back and take hundreds of pictures of an unforgettable experience.
Oceanic Chillout Bar
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Need to wind down after a few consecutive nights of vodka and fast food? This is your perfect spot, located in Kalamaki. Kev, the owner is well known by returning customers. His kind of loyalty and friendliness is just why people return year on year. You will often find customers recognising each other if not by name but by sight. Customer loyalty at the Oceanic bar is phenomenal.
Another picturesque sight which is a must-see when visiting Zante. You can pick up 2 tickets for €35 for 3 hour tours to see both the Blue Caves and the shipwreck beach, from some stalls – more bargains for you students! You’re led in a small group on a small boat so you can navigate inside the caves and see what beauty beholds. We highly recommend this if you enjoy the scenic days out between partying.
Places to Eat
Located in Argassi this is a really distinctive restaurant. They offer traditional Greek food with a Mediterranean twist. Book a table, order plenty of cocktails and enjoy a relaxing meal by the sea. This restaurant is a huge hit with the locals which speaks for itself.
If you are a strong believer of reviews speaking the truth then indulge in the vast amount of 5* reviews for this restaurant. Although it has a concise menu each meal is presented and cooked to perfection. This combines with a gorgeous view over Laganas bay for an enjoyable experience.
Sound like the perfect place to eat? Thought so. This is a sports bar broadcasting all the sport action one many screens – so order a pint and enjoy your stay. They also do excellent, well-priced cocktails and often provide entertainment in the evening.
Laganas is the resort where all the party animals flock to, and with good reason. Home to some of the most entertaining clubs in Europe, the party's still well in full swing at early hours of the morning. So if you’re used to finishing a night at around 11pm this destination is not for you! Rescue Club is one of the biggest hits for groups of students. And if girls dancing in cages, massive party nights and one-of-a-kind fire shows sounds like fun to you then you need to head over there. Another number 1 destination for all students is the infamous Zeros Club, known for being the best super club in Zante. It will blow your mind and leave you stumbling home with a smile on your face. They run non stop events throughout summer. So head over to their website and plan your trip when one of your favourite DJ’s are playing. Or if you want to witness a crazy fire breathing show.
Magaluf, Spain (Majorca)
Average temperature over summer: 30º
If you want cheap and cheerful then you just might have met your match. Located on the sunny island of Majorca this is the go-to destination if you want an all in one summer experience. With plenty to do throughout the day you can make the most of the sun before preparing for a heavy night on the town. A town packed with events and round the clock nightlife.
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The Piano Bar attracts customers from a whole range of ages starting at 5/6 right the way up to 60+. Although don’t be put off if you’re on a girls/lads holiday there is still plenty entertainment that goes on in the Piano Bar. There's karaoke 3+ times a week and partying till early hours. This is a great location to spend a night or start off your drinking then head up the hill to the clubs.
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If you’re a bit bored of the local swimming pool why not head down to the Western Water Park? You can have a day of thrilling rapids and slides. This is the perfect way to start your day on an exciting note with your friends. And really get the morale boosted before a heavy night.
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Or if you’re looking for something a little different to do with your day, try Norway Dive. Based in Torrenova, Palmanova (Majorca) this is the perfect way to take a break from the alcohol for a couple of hours. They offer scuba diving, dive master courses and shark diving. You will find something that gets your adrenaline rushing with Norway Dive. And if you don’t then just stick to the clubs!
Sol Wave House
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This is a different experience which many young students might not take a fancy to. Although we would recommend going yourself and seeing how fun it can be. You can relax by the beach front with a cold beverage and watch fellow tourists attempt to surf on the surf simulation machine. Sounds like more fun than your usual poolside drink during the day.
Places to Eat
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Good cocktails, milkshakes and food accompanied by chilled house music is all you need when enjoying a nice meal on your day off the drink. Has a great up-beat feel to it so this is the perfect place to go to get some food and drinks before you head to the strip for a vodka-infused night.
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Great place for a more casual venture out, lovely view on the sea front and friendly staff help to make this experience tranquil. Take your pick from their 3 different restaurants depending on your taste. The 'beach' restaurant is the peaceful option. The 'in the town' restaurant has a 18-hole crazy golf course on it. The third choice is the 'sports bar' great for groups of students.
Pirates Beach Bar & Grill
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Brilliant all-round bar with fast service and great food and drink. It’s worth trying to get a seat in front of the open grill as this can be quite entertaining to watch. Definitely a great place for a bunch of students on a girls/lads holiday to go prior to a night out.
BCM Planet Dance
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The biggest and best club in Magaluf, this is a MUST for all student party goers visiting Magaluf. Nominated the 5th best club in the world due to the sheer size of the venue and the popular DJs and promoters who take over for parties every week. Get stuck in and attend one of the popular foam parties, UV parties or even washing machine parties.
Boomerang Night Club
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This club is a member of Magaluf Club Pass (like many others on the main strip). It grows year on year, and is becoming one of Magaluf's most popular club venues. Definitely worth a visit especially if you can grab tickets to see one of your favourite artists. Some past performers include: Shola Ama, Lisa Maffia, Chipmunk, Skepta, Roll Deep and many more.
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Located at the top of the strip in Magaluf this is a must for any house music connoisseur! They host popular nights throughout the summer and their two resident DJs really know how to put a show on.
Ibiza, Spain (Balearic Islands)
Average temperature over summer: 28º
Undoubtedly the most prolific and fulfilling party resort in Europe! With new promoters taking over each club and bringing their very own unique music, style and event you will always find something that you love. Ibiza is truly a spectacular place and with over 25 popular clubs it’s hard to see most of what Ibiza has to offer in just a week so we recommend committing to a savings plan and booking for around 10 – 14 nights.
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This is a must for the sightseeing student interested in more than just the incredible nightlife in Ibiza. This is a mysterious little island which you can only visit via boat trips although it’s a magical place well worth a boat trip. The mountains are beautiful to look at so if you aren’t keen on a boat trip you can always drive close enough on the main island and have a look.
This beach is spectacular and is actually 2 in 1. Both offering a unique experience, the main and largest is most popular and usually accommodated by families and tourists – due to the restaurants close by. Although you can make your way through to Calla Bassa via some precarious steps, leading you to a small cove where you can sunbathe naked. There’s also a bar down there which is a great way to relieve some of the heat.
Liquido Cocktail Bar
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Contrast to the super clubs below this is a cocktail bar with a difference, playing a distinctive array of Northern Soul music. Great cocktail bar for a more chilled night, with a lovely view over the marina. The perfect way to have a few quieter drinks before hitting the strip.
Places to Eat
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Located in Playa d’en Bossa this restaurant is just opposite Hotel Algarb. Perfect budget restaurant for students, offerings great Asian food at affordable prices. They present the food in front of your eyes from their open kitchen so you can see just how clean and impeccable the food preparation is.
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Ibiza is renowned not only for it’s nightlife but also for the beautiful restaurant settings and atmosphere. Nikki Beach Club is a perfect example of this, located in a stunning beach front venue in Santa Eulalia. For students wanting to splash the cash for a unforgettable eating-out experience then this is the number one place to go.
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Located in Ibiza Town this is another great budget eating-out option. It's a casual Chinese diner with well-needed air conditioning. Nanking is a friendly environment and great for a quieter meal.
Clubs are packed out night after night and with good reason! You can expect to spend just 7 nights there at the right time of year and see 3+ world-famous DJ’s and producers. Some of the main clubs on the island are:
Located in the middle of the island near San Rafael. This is one of the prime venues for a true Ibiza clubbing experience. But you pay for it, with a spirit and mixer costing around €12-€15 and a single beer costing as much as €10.
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Located in Ses Salinas this club is a stones throw from the runway of the airport of Ibiza. DC10 holds host to the notorious CircoLoco parties which are always a huge hit with tourists.
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Located in the heart of Playa d’en Bossa, this club is a massive hit in Europe. From the first club opening in Manchester this is where the huge reputation began. Sankeys Ibiza is renowned for hosting the hugely popular hosting parties to get everyones summer kicked off. Although, if you missed out on Sankeys Ibiza then it’s well worth attending the club in Manchester for a packed-out but memorable night.
Located in Playa d’en Bossa across from Ushuaïa, Space has won awards for the best club in the world and it will only take you one night there to see just why. Expect to pay around €25-€50 for tickets to a party at Space depending on which event you choose. But it’s well worth it if you want to experience the true entertainment of a super club.
Year on year the Colada Club hosts Ibiza Rocks parties every Tuesday for 15 weeks. They gather a range of top-class DJs and producers to provide clubbers with a refreshing experience. Expect something a little different at the Colada Club as you’re served cocktails with umbrellas, a range of great music often enjoyed in the sun or on a large pink inflatable flamingo in the jam-packed pool. As the sun goes down the volume turns up and Ibiza Rocks goes out with the sun beds and in with the dance platforms and neon lights.
After you've got rid of the stress from exams the last thing you want to be worrying about over summer is where you are going to be living when you arrive back in not so sunny, Lancaster. With Student HQ Lettings we will provide you with quality accommodation at an affordable price. Get in touch and have one less thing to worry about over summer.