Sometimes you come across one of those rare days when you open your diary and there isn’t a single thing written: no approaching uni deadlines, no shift in your part-time job – the world is your oyster.
Instead of instantly deciding that a lazy day is the way to go, here are a few other suggestions on how to enjoy yourself without breaking into that student overdraft.
Vintage/charity shop shopping
We spend our lives with too many clothes but still manage to convince ourselves that we have nothing to wear and so must go shopping for more. The student budget doesn’t really allow for frequent high street shopping and our drinking habits certainly do not allow for a new outfit every time we go on a night out. So, try changing your shopping habits and perhaps even slightly adapt your style and try give shopping in vintage or charity shops a try.
The West End is an ideal place for both of these. Vintage shops such as Vintage Guru, located in Byres Road; Retro, near Kelvinbridge subway station and Starry Starry Night next to Ashton Lane all aim to provide fashionable, unique, vintage clothing at affordable student prices. It also has charity shops by the abundance but the best place to look is Byres Road. Charity shops are filled with hidden gems and all the ones in this location are well known for changing their stock regularly, so get raiding!
Located near the Clyde, Wasp Studios are constantly hosting vintage fayres that allow customers to pick up masses of beautifully vintage clothes for a steal of a price. The next up and coming one is particular good because it is a kilo sale. Costing just £1.50 to enter, they are selling all items for £15 per kilo, which is not only ridiculously cheap, it’s also a perfect excuse to revamp your wardrobe. The kilo sale will be taking place on the 7th February.
If you live in Glasgow and haven’t been to the Barras Market yet, you’re doing something wrong. Seeped in history this humble market sells literately everything including a range of cheap clothes.
There are so many festivals happening in Glasgow during the year that you’ll never be short of things to do. Many of them have free events as well which make for the perfect day out.
If music is your thing, there is the Celtic Connections Festival which is on at the moment and finishes on the 31st of July. Glasgow also host the World Pipe Band Championships at Glasgow Green every August.
The West End Festival is the most popular in Glasgow, running for 16 days in June. Its centrepiece is a carnival parade which is the second biggest in the UK. It’s action packed with music, theatre, comedy, film and various street markets.
Take a day trip to Loch Lomond
Although I think Glasgow is the best place in the world, it is good to venture out every now and again… I guess.
Loch Lomond is one of those rare places that is beautiful all year round and no weather should ever put you off visiting. The train from Glasgow Queen Street to Balloch takes around 50 minutes and costs just over £5 (although it is much cheaper with a 16-25 railcard, which you should definitely invest in). Take in the largest freshwater loch in Scotland while finding beauty around every corner and finish your day in the welcoming hospitality of one of their local pubs or restaurants.
Don’t worry, Netflix will still be there for your next day off!