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Culture, Cuisine and Clubbing: Affordable Destinations for College Students in Europe

College can be a real struggle, with time spent on classes, studying and exams. What can a college student do to get a little change of scenery? Some fun and excitement? Just something that can ease the grind?

Travel site Omio may be able to help. There are plenty of destinations in Europe that are not only escapes from the drudgery of college classes, but also affordable ones.

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is one of Europe’s great cities. The capital has been around for over 1,000 years and has a rich history that will knock any college student out of the school rut. It’s rather affordable as well.

With nearly 1.5 million inhabitants, Prague is the 14th largest city in the European Union, so there is no shortage of fun, affordable attractions. There are several walking tours that won’t break the bank and shows off parts of the city tourists may not otherwise find. Admission to the Prague Zoo is less than an expensive meal and provides all-day sights like lions, gorillas and elephants. Tours of Prague Castle (built in the ninth century and current residence of the President of the country) are inexpensive as well.

Prague is also well-known for its nightlife, with hundreds of bars and clubs that can be as cheap — or as expensive — as needed.

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Budapest, Hungary

Budapest has recently become somewhat of a foodie town, offering everything from traditional Hungarian dishes to French, Italian and Spanish cuisine. With all of the choices, college students can eat well and still have cash left over for the nightlife and sightseeing.

Situated on the banks of the Danube River, Budapest is often considered one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. There are tons of affordable — and even free — things to do in and around the city. There are many parks and gardens scattered throughout Budapest and the affordable Metro makes getting to and from them quick and efficient. Plenty of cheap walking tours are available and such famous sites like Hero’s Plaza and The Great Market are either free or economical.

The city’s most unique cheap-spots are the Ruin Bars, built in old, unused factories, courtyards and houses. These are often temporary, so finding one is a real treat.

Photo CC Moyan Brenn

Vienna, Austria

Located near Budapest and Prague, Vienna is referred to as The City of Music due to its historical ties with such famous composers as Beethoven, Brahms and Mozart.

Cost-conscious college students can take advantage of Vienna’s eclectic sites. The musically themed

Stadtpark is the city’s largest park and contains many statues of composers, writers and artists. There is a 19th-century ferris wheel that takes riders 213 feet in the air and offers a great view of the city. On the banks of the Danube, there are several free beaches and, for a little cheap naughtiness, a nude beach as well.

Affordable, well-earned time away from the books that allows college students a chance to unwind isn’t impossible to find.

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Meg Jerrard is an Australian Journalist who has been travelling and blogging around the world for the last 7 years to inspire others to embark on their own worldwide adventure!  Her husband Mike is an American travel photographer, and together they have made the world their home.

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Henry Bell is living the dream; travelling the world on his gap year. As of now he’s in Australia, and using his time for travelling between locations to write travel articles, oh and catch up on sleep!

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