It’s towards the end of the year and you’re on the last of your student loan. Perhaps you still want to go out and do stuff but finding it difficult to find things that don’t send you into your overdraft. If you’re looking for fun and cheap things to do in Swansea that don’t break the bank, then here are a few of our suggestions.
Bike ride to Mumbles
If you like being outside, then going for a bike ride around Swansea is a great way to have fun without spending too much money. Obviously if you have your own bike, then this won’t cost anything, but there are Santander bikes at campus which you can rent out yourself! It costs £1 for every half an hour, so a trip to Mumbles only comes to £2!
Visit Singleton park
Singleton park is such a beautiful place in Swansea, and I don’t think it is talked about enough. It’s a fantastic place to have a picnic and go for a walk, meaning you don’t really have to spend a thing. There’s also a botanical garden with greenhouses, which anyone can go in without paying anything! Even during the colder days of the year, I still love going here for a walk.
Use the tennis courts in Victoria Park
If you like playing tennis but don’t want to pay for a sports membership, then there are tennis courts in Victoria Park that you can use for free! Although the tennis courts are free, you do obviously have to buy your own rackets and tennis balls, but it’s still a great option for people who like tennis. They also can get busy on sunny days, so I find it better to go in the morning or the evening when it’s quieter, otherwise you might have to wait a while.
Explore Swansea’s Beaches
The beach is one of the most obvious cheap things to do in Swansea, but I still think it’s worth mentioning here. There’s Swansea beach which is the most convenient beach to get to if you’re a student, as most people can just walk there, however the beaches in Mumbles are better for sunnier days. One place to visit during the summer is Rhossili, as they have a huge field full of beautiful sunflowers. There’s also Caswell bay which is a great sandy beach, and Bracelet bay which is more for rockpooling. There’s basically a beach for everyone, so all you have to buy is a bus ticket and an ice-cream.
Take a trip to the Arcade
Arcades are things that never get old in my opinion, and Swansea has a few. My favourite one is by the pier in Mumbles, because the arcade games there are the best. They have Guitar Hero, a Mario Kart racing game, air hockey, and some classic penny drop games and claw machines as well. This one is a bit out of the way though, but there’s also one by Parc Tawe, which is just a bit out of the city centre. This arcade is a bit smaller, with some claw machines, car racing games, and a few others. This is because the main attraction at this arcade is the bowling alley, but it’s still good fun for not a lot of money.
Paddle Boats in Singleton Park
In Singleton park, there are paddle boats that you can ride on for half an hour around a little lake. You can either get boats of 2 or boats of 4, and they’re shaped like swans, cars, or dragons. It’s also a really nice area, with places to sit down and have a picnic, or even go to the pub next door! It’s only £6 for students, and £8 for adults, so it’s a different thing to do if you’re at the end of semester and on the last drops of your loan.
Try Crazy golf in Bunkers
Crazy golf is always fun, but sometimes it can be expensive. However, there is a golf course in Singleton park that is only £3 for students, and £3.50 standard price! This is also right next to the paddle boats, so there’s lots of things to do in this area. If you’re from Swansea, you’ll know about Bunkers, which is a crazy golf course with fun decorations as you go around. However, this is more expensive, as it is £8 for one game, or £12.50 for two games. The one in the park is just as fun, but you’ll have to make sure you go on a sunny day.
Plantasia is a tropical zoo in Swansea that is filled with exotic plants and a range of animals as well, including meerkats, parrots, and even crocodiles! All of this is under a huge greenhouse near Swansea city centre, and it feels like you’re walking through a forest as you’re going through. As students get a discount, it’s only £6.40! Just make sure to remember your student ID, or you’ll have to pay the standard price of £8.
Enjoy Swansea’s Cinemas
Cinemas can be pretty expensive, but Odeon cinema in Swansea is actually on the cheap side. Student tickets are usually around £6, but then if you buy tickets through their app, you don’t have to pay a service charge! The Vue cinema offers similar prices, some movies being only £5! Compared to other cinemas in the country, this is pretty good value for money, and it’s handy that you have two cinemas to choose from as well.
Play pool at Copper
Copper is a cafe/bar in Swansea city centre that also has a games room downstairs! There’s a table tennis table, a pool table, foosball, an arcade game, a Wii and an X-box! There’s so much to do there, so it’s a great place to spend some time with your friends. For some of the games you’ll need some change, but apart from that it’s free to use! They also have amazing ciders (the mango one being my favourite), which I think you should definitely try.
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