Cheap nights out: 5 ways to save cash when going out

Posted August 5, 2015 by Student Profit Staff

There are many options for a cheap student night out, and here we have five ways to save some cash when going out.

Cheap Cinema deals

Most people know about this: Cinemas and various companies offer cheap midweek deals. The most famous being Orange Wednesdays, with the phone company giving out Two for One tickets to selected screenings.

Fact is, most phone companies offer similar deals, such as O2’s Priorities programme, and Orange’s deal also goes for EE customers too.

Independent and less well known cinema chains – such as Reel Cinemas – may offer their own discount days or cheap student tickets too.

If you avoid going at the weekend or evening, then going to the cinema can be a very cheap night out!

Last minute tickets

If you’re one of those people who doesn’t mind getting up and going, then make use of last minute websites.

Several websites offer cheap tickets to theatre shows, musicals, concerts, events and more at hugely discounted prices to shift leftover seats.

While it’s often quite London-centric, you may be able to find some cheap places to go out near you too.

Websites to check out include 365Tickets, Last Minute, Time Out (London only) and Get Me In (for Concerts especially).

Free TV show recordings

A totally fun and free day or night out can be had by going off to a TV recording. Tickets to watch shows – both live and recorded – are usually completely free, with the catch that it’s first come, first serve so you may have to get there early and wait around to guarantee entry.

From panel shows like Have I Got News For You and QI to reality shows like Britain’s Got Talent, Celebrity Big Brother, The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing, and even radio shows such as The Unbelievable Truth are all free to attend.

> Free nights out: Our guide to getting free tickets to TV shows


Go out early

Save money on the door of you favourite night clubs by getting there early or on more quieter nights. Most places will allow free entry on certain days and at certain times, and often the drinks will be cheaper too.

If you don’t fancy an early night, make sure to see if you can add your name to the guest list for free or reduced entry, every saving can mean an extra drink!

And when it comes to drink, look out for offers and try pre-drinking at home with booze from the local shop rather than a bar if you’re extra strapped for cash.

Have a night out… in!

Of course the night in is the easiest option ahead of all the above, and needn’t be boring.

Get with some friends and spread the cost – One person buys the drink, another the food and another the movie.

Save extra cash by taking advantage of midweek deals offered by Take Out chains, such as Domino’s Tuesday special (available at time of writing).