The Best City Getaways for Students at Christmastime


As first term comes to an end and students return home for Christmas, there is not a time more perfect to get away for the weekend and escape the essay blues…

Katie has put together a list of top city breaks that she has experienced during her time as a student, including the best things to check out and what to steer clear of! (Because who doesn’t deserve a short holiday after all the hard work during the term, hey?) It is Christmas after all, so get in the festive spirit…


Budapest, Hungary

Flights: Cheapest flights can be around £50 flying from London Stanstead
Accommodation: I stayed at Ivory Boutique Apartments, which were big, clean and very central. Prices per night were £12/ person.
Sites to see: Definitely go to the Christmas markets! They were really magical and had a collection of food and gift stalls.
Tip: Go on a Sunday and you’ll see the carol service outside while you have a mooch around.
Other things to see: The Cathedral, the Baths and Hero Square.
Secret spots: We ended going to the same pub at least three times during out trip! It was called Captain Cook pub and was hidden away 5 mins from the square, they have really good cocktails and a cosy vibe inside


Amsterdam, Netherlands

Flights: Roughly £60 from London Luton
Accommodation: I stayed at ITC hotel and shared a triple room with some friends. Prices per night were £30/ person. The hotel was small and quite old but was in a great location (it was on the same street as Anne Franks house!)
Sites to see: Vondelpark, Anne Frank house, Canal cruise, Red light district
Tip: Hire out a bike; everyone travels on bikes in the city!
Secret Spot: We found a really cool shot bar called Chupitos, which had hundreds of different flavoured vodka shots & was great to go to before heading to a club.


Prague, Czech Republic

Flights: Roughly £30 from London Luton (very cheap!)
Accommodation: I stayed at Miss Sophie’s Hotel and Hostel, which for a night was £10/ person for a shared room or £27/ person for a private room. The hostel was really chic and had lots of amenities such as hairdryers, WiFi and a guest kitchen. Not as central to the city but close to public transport.
Sites to see: The old town, Charles Bridge, Castle District, the Municipal House
Secret spots: Hemingway Bar (inspired by the hard drinking author!), a really cool lounge bar with some great cocktails