The best student-friendly festivals in 2018

The best student-friendly festivals in 2018

With the summer well and truly upon us, you’ll no doubt be thinking about how to enjoy the university downtime once all your essays and exams are complete. Music festivals remain one of the ultimate summer experiences for students seeking a laid-back vibe and all your favourite bands and artists on the same line-up.

Unfortunately, festivals are no longer renowned for being budget-friendly, with rising ticket, food and drink prices hitting students hard in the wallet.

But don’t panic, as this article is designed to help pinpoint trendy, great-value summer festivals suitable for you and your pals – without having to apply for a second student loan!

Bestival – A student-friendly show in the heart of Dorset

At the beginning of August, Bestival will be bringing its colourful and eclectic show to the Lulworth Estate in Dorset. There are some huge icons on this year’s line-up, including Grace Jones and Chaka Khan, as well as more current acts such as London Grammar, Plan B and M.I.A. Best of all – pardon the pun – they offer a student weekend pass for just £162 that covers your entire four-day stay. Weekly payment plans are also available to allow students to pay in bite-size amounts.

Grab a day pass for Victorious on Portsmouth’s Southsea Seafront

If you’re an indie rocker that’s moving out of your student accommodation and returning home to the south coast for the summer, you have a hidden gem on your doorstep. Portsmouth’s Victorious is a big-name line-up that’s still managed to retain an intimate, independent feel. Day tickets cost between £33 and £49.50, which is amazing value when you consider the likes of The Libertines, The Prodigy and Paul Weller are booked to perform in front of Southsea Castle.

Devon is beautiful this time of the year – check out Beautiful Days

For those that don’t like to feed the pockets of festivals with huge corporate sponsors, why not enjoy a get-together on the Devon coast at Beautiful Days? This 100% independent festival was founded by rock band, The Levellers and has gone from strength to strength ever since. With live music, stand-up comedy, theatre shows, street food and craft stalls and licensed real ale bars, it’s the perfect place to be entertained. Better still, it’s only £142.50 for a whole weekend ticket, including camping, making it a super-cheap summer getaway.

The surf’s up at student-friendly Boardmasters in Newquay

Cornwall’s surfing paradise of Newquay remains a popular summer holiday destination for students. If you’re a lover of the great outdoors, Newquay’s Boardmasters festival will definitely float your boat. With chilled gigs overlooking Newquay’s beach, surfing events and a great choice of street food, it’s the best British beach to be at in early August. However, with weekend camping tickets priced quite high at nearly £180, we’d recommend buying day tickets from £59. This allows you to cherry-pick days when your favourite acts are performing, and you can book a bargain basement stay in one of Newquay’s caravan parks within walking distance of the festival.

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