7 Things to Do this summer on a college budget

How many of you expect to have the best summer ever, only to be kind of disappointed once summer is over?

We have had many-a-summer like this.

As we wrap up the school year, dreams of the ultimate summer run through our head — keyword being ‘dreams.’

This is probably because most things are expensive, we get lazy, and we just spend our summer tanning it up in our backyards.

While tanning is fun, we encourage you to plan some really fun activities this summer with your sisters.

While we might not all be able to trek around the world on a summer expedition, don’t give up just yet!

Whether you’re taking classes this summer, working hard, or hardly working, with these 7 fun — and cheap — ideas, you too can live up to your summer dreams.



1. Take a Road Trip

Setting out on a road trip is often the first idea to come to mind for those looking to amp up their summer—and for good reason!

Work around your schedule, and budget, to hit the road for as long or as short of a trip as you’d like.

If you live in California, road tripping up and down the coast is one of the best things to do.  Make sure to hit Big Sur, Laguna Beach or Newport, and San Diego.

The beauty of summer is that everywhere is warm, so a road trip is a good option for pretty much anywhere.

You can either be super spontaneous and find places to stay as you go, or plan the whole trip to a T. Either is a great option in my book!

If you’re going the spontaneous route, use the app Hotel Tonight to find a cheap hotel.

Grab some of your best buds and you’ve got summer memories to last a lifetime!



2. Make That Cash Money

Ok, so maybe working full-time during the summer is far from your idea of a good time.

Nevertheless, working hard while you have the time to do so is the best way to build up your savings.

Or if you’re anything like me, you can use your earnings to amp up your wardrobe for the upcoming school year.

Even better— you can use your cash money to outfit your Greek family with some new Greek apparel!

There’s plenty to do in your town, including: hosting BBQs for your high school or college friends, checking out that new restaurant, girl’s nights out, or small road trips on the weekends.

Don’t let the idea of working full-time ruin your summer!

You’ll have extra cash to do everything your friends suggest, but they will just have to plan activities around your work schedule.

No biggie!



3. Find a Backyard Adventure

As simple as this idea is, it’s one of my personal favorites.

Try that cafe you’ve driven by a million times.

Grab some adventurous friends and go for a hike on a trail you’ve never explored. 

If applicable, take a canoe out on the local lake for a relaxing afternoon on the water. 

You could also go paddle-boarding, snorkeling, or kayaking if you live near water. These are all cheap options to do for a couple of hours!

One of the best things to do this summer is having pool parties or BBQs with your friends.

There are so many little opportunities waiting for you to seek them out, so make the most of your hometown’s hidden gems!




4. Pursue Your Passion

It’s never too late to learn something new, or to pick back up where you left off.

Whether you gave up on your favorite childhood hobby, or are simply craving a change of pace, summer break is a perfect opportunity to pursue whatever you want.

Learn a new language.

Train for a race.

Teach yourself how to play the guitar.

The possibilities are absolutely endless.

And we all know you probably don’t need to watch every season of Gossip Girl for the third time.




5. Travel

While not all of us have the time or financial capability to hop on a flight to paradise, don’t be too quick to eliminate traveling from your summer plans!

With enough time in advance, you can find flights, buses, and trains galore to explore on a college budget.

International travel is pricey—but not impossible!

Or, for those truly ballin’ on a budget (like yours truly), take any opportunity to explore a new part of the states!

If you’re feeling truly adventurous, opt for a random destination and let your adventures take you where they may.

Be sure to remember your Greek gear wherever your summer takes you so that you can always rep your sisters at heart, even when you’re apart.




6. Outdoor Summer Events: Music, Art, and/or Farmer’s Markets

Chances are, your town hosts free events for local musicians or free outdoor events on the weekends.

There are also lots of fairs or farmer’s markets every weekend (aka really yummy food)!


Farmer's Market Macarons display picture


This is fun way to discover cool art, food and music, and a good way to spend your time in the summer.

But wait, here’s the best part:

It’s free.

I know I already mentioned that, but the free events of this world need to be appreciated.

I love farmer’s markets and outdoor town events because you can discover really unique art pieces or cheap vintage items!

I’m always on the hunt for a good bargain.


7. Pick Up a New Hobby

The options are seriously endless when it comes to new hobbies –

Everything from DIY-ing stuff in your house to trying every restaurant in your town (a restaurant bucket list, if you will), the possibilities are vast.

Here are some of our favorite things to pick up when you have the most time, in the summer:

  • Sell the clothes you don’t wear on Poshmark
  • DIY fun decor for your room or apartment
  • Try some new recipes
  • Do a yoga or workout class you’ve never done before
  • Download an inspiring podcast
  • Visit a free museum
  • Buy some books on Amazon or borrow them from the public library
  • Join an intramural sports team

I’m a firm believer that if you try new things constantly, you will be happier overall!

And what better time to start trying new things than this summer?

From one college kid to another I challenge you to truly make the most of your summer.

Even you full-time worker bees could use an adventure here and there! Have a wonderful summer, from all of us here at Greek U!

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