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Summer Travel Hacks for Students

Posted by Stay at Dal on May 6, 2024 in Travel tips
Travel with friends
Travel with friends

Summer is the perfect time for university students to explore new destinations and make unforgettable memories. Here are some travel hacks to help students make the most of their summer adventures:

1. Plan Ahead

Start researching and booking your travel arrangements early to snag the best deals on flights, accommodations, and activities.

2. Travel Off-Peak

Avoid peak travel times and opt for mid-week flights or off-peak seasons to save money and avoid crowds.

3. Pack Light

Pack versatile clothing items that can be mixed and matched to create multiple outfits, and don't forget essentials like a reusable water bottle, portable charger, and travel-sized toiletries. The Dal Bookstore carries many essentials in case you forget something, and our 24/7 front desks at the residence buildings are always there to support! 

4. Take Advantage of Student Discounts

Many attractions, museums, and transportation services offer discounted rates for students, so don't forget to bring your student ID card and inquire about special deals. Dalhousie offers generous student discounts to those staying in our residence accommodations between May and August. Parks Canada offers student discounts to many of the attractions they manage as well.

5. Stay Flexible

Remain open to spontaneous adventures and last-minute changes to your itinerary, as some of the best experiences often come from unexpected discoveries.

6. Use Budget-Friendly Accommodations

Consider alternatives to traditional hotels, such as hostels, guesthouses, or vacation rentals, which can be more budget-friendly and offer unique cultural experiences. Dalhousie Unviersity offers rooms in the residence buildings as accommodations between May and August, starting at just $50/night -- offering privacy and security on budget.

7. Explore Free Activities

Take advantage of free attractions, parks, and events in your destination city to save money while still enjoying memorable experiences. Halifax has many free attractions to enjoy.

8. Cook Your Own Meals

Save on dining expenses by preparing some of your meals yourself, whether it's a picnic in the park or cooking dinner in your accommodations. Dalhousie's kitchens and kitchenettes make cooking for yourself easy, and you can even rent kitchen and dish kits from the front desk for the duration of your stay! These give you all the essentials for prepping your own meals.

9. Travel with Friends

Splitting costs with friends can make travel more affordable and enjoyable, whether it's sharing accommodations, transportation expenses, or group discounts on activities. Dalhousie's summer accommodations offer double rooms in addition to singles, so you can choose to stay in your own private space, or bunk with a friend.

10. Stay Safe

Always prioritize your safety and well-being while traveling, whether it's sticking together with friends, staying aware of your surroundings, or following local health and safety guidelines. When you stay on campus at Dalhousie, you'll have a secure 24/7 front desk to support you during your trip. 

Book your on-campus stay today

Dalhousie's summer accommodations feature clean, well-maintained rooms that offer privacy while staying on budget. Enjoy amenities like free WIFI, parking, and fitness centre access during your stay.