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6 Student Hacks That Will Save You Big Money on Fun Things Around Sydney

Trade your textbooks and laptops for a day (or two) of nothing but good times and sun-soaked adventures in Sydney!

Forget about your upcoming exams and papers for a much-deserved break and discover thrilling activities and great eats. From cruises filled with booze to the views on exhilarating jet boat rides, there’s an endless list of fun things to do in Sydney.

Worried about your budget? We’ve got you covered; thanks to these great money-saving tips, we’ll help you make the most out of student discounts and smart planning:

    Take advantage of the Klook Student Pass

    Minimise eating out

    Manage time efficiently

    Keep track of your expenses

    Get deals on restaurants and shops

    Perfect your timing on nights out

1. Take advantage of the Klook Student Pass

6 Student Hacks That Will Save You Big Money on Fun Things Around Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Admire the stunning Sydney sunset during your cruise.

Need a break from studying? Sometimes a change in scenery is all you need to get over your mental block, and lucky for you there’s heap of fun things to do in Sydney whether you’re a local or international student. Whether you prefer a day out at the beach or a laid-back day indoors, the city has it all.

Why not tour the Sydney Cricket Ground, go kayaking at Manly, or visit the Sydney Zoo? With the Klook Student Pass, you don’t have to settle for just one! Go to all three (or even more) without breaking the bank, thanks to student discounts of up to 40%. It’s valid for six months, so you don’t have to worry about cramming everything at once.

Keen on more exciting adventures? Fill your weekend with these exciting outdoor activities in Sydney.

2. Minimise eating out

6 Student Hacks That Will Save You Big Money on Fun Things Around Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Fancy spicy food? At home, you control the heat of every dish. Credit: Conscious Design on Unsplash

After an exhausting day at uni, it’s understandable that the last thing you’d want to do is cook. Although it’s so much easier to order take-away  or head to the nearest restaurant for a convenient dinner, it’s alsopricey. In fact, a report has found that Aussies spend $230 a month on fast food and restaurant dining.

Rather than ordering out, try doing meal prep on  weekends. There are plenty of quick and easy recipes that you can cook in advance, so you only have to reheat them during the weeknights. They’re budget-friendly and healthier, too.

3. Manage time efficiently

6 Student Hacks That Will Save You Big Money on Fun Things Around Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Study with friends (and snacks) to keep you motivated. Credit: Marvin Meyer on Unsplash

Not all weeks are created equally. Some are filled with deadlines, while others are packed with on deadlines on deadlines. With so many things to do, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But don’t worry, there are heaps of websites and apps that can help you cope with your hectic schedule.

If you have trouble focusing on a certain task, give the Pomodoro technique a try. It’s a method that breaks down all your to-dos into 25-minute intervals and short breaks. Ideally, the time pressure helps you concentrate on finishing a task while preventing burnout.

Once you’ve finished studying for exams, you can enjoy your well-deserved break with a day trip from Sydney! Check out our faves here:

4. Keep track of your expenses

6 Student Hacks That Will Save You Big Money on Fun Things Around Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Not a fan of budgeting apps? Write down your expenses instead. Credit: lilartsy on Unsplash

Ever been surprised by how much (or little) is left on your bank account? We’ve all been there. Despite the student discounts, it’s easy to lose track of your budget. One way to help you take control of your finances is by tracking your spending. Once you have a good record of your expenses, you can see where most of your money is going. There might be habits worth breaking or monthly subscriptions that should be cancelled.

There are plenty of ways to track your expenses. If all of your transactions are through a wallet app or a bank card, you’ll find all of the receipts online. There’s also the option of using a budgeting app to record every purchase you make. Of course, there’s always the tried and true method of writing down your transactions on paper.

5. Get deals on shopping and dining 

6 Student Hacks That Will Save You Big Money on Fun Things Around Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Go on the Sydney Harbour Cruise to enjoy drinks, live music, and great views.

Besides the quality education and great job prospects, one of the best things about being in a university is the student discounts. Heaps of stores offer education pricing along with freebies. Whether you’re buying a laptop, music subscription, or new clothes, all you need to do is to show your uni ID while purchasing and you’re all set.

Keen to save on meals out with friends? There’s an app for that. The Fork is a great tool to use to reserve restaurants and enjoy discounts. There are new offers for participating restaurants and even rewards for returning users!

Keep the savings going with your Dine and Discover NSW voucher! Check out these 15 activities you can enjoy with your mates using your D&D vouchers.

6. Spend less on nights out with happy hour deals 

6 Student Hacks That Will Save You Big Money on Fun Things Around Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Have a special night out with the entire gang on a discount. Credit: ellocosydney

Picture this: it’s Friday night and all your exams are finished. You’re catching up with your mates and you’re happy that you’ve made it to the weekend. What’s missing? An ice-cold frothie, of course!  What better way to end the week than with some booze?

Unfortunately, not all food and bevo venues  offer student discounts or rewards. On the bright side, plenty of pubs have happy hour deals that will let you enjoy different cocktails, beers, and wines for a portion of their original price. Head to Frankie’s , El Loco, or Corridor Newtown at 5pm for a good time!

Can’t get enough of beer? Discover Sydney’s best booze on these fantastic brewery tours.

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