How can students afford tickets to the rugby?

Life as a student is tough. You have bills to pay, minds to feed and no one at school taught you a thing about finances. Considering the rugby Six Nations is just around the corner, you’re probably feeling more hopeless than ever. You need money and you need it fast. There’s no way you could possibly afford to go to any matches, right? Well, there just might be, but it’s not going to be easy.

Cutting out the bad stuff

Are you a smoker? A drinker? A partaker of all things fun and bad for you? Well, now might be a good opportunity to kick those bad habits to the curb. You’d be surprised by how much you could save by cutting out the smoky, bubbly and sweet stuff. UK students spend an average of £60 a week on booze. If your one of these people spending an obscene amount of money on alcohol two weeks of nights in could effectively get you a ticket and a ride to the stadium. Similar stats have come out about smoking. Not only would you be saving money: you’d also be getting yourself fit and healthy for an epic rugby match

Sorting out travel

What does a bit of uncomfortable travelling mean to a proper fan? You’d tackle rain and win to get to a match, so maybe a first class rail ticket doesn’t have to be your mode of transportation. There are lots of different ways of saving money on transport. If you are going to take the train, one of the best ways to save would be to get a rail card. If you’re between the ages of 16 and 25 you could get a third off of your train fair. The card might cost an initial £30, but this should be a long term commitment.

Coaches have the same thing and tickets tend to be a bit cheaper from the get-go. If you’re not adverse to long journeys or rubbing shoulders with strangers, the coach is a great way to save money. A coach card can get you a third off of the usual ticket prices and an NUS card can get you 25% off of the price.

What to do when you get there

If you’re thinking of your future beyond seeing the rugby, you’re probably going to just want to go home after the match and avoid the temptation to spend money. However, if you want to treat yourself and make a special day of the event, there are always ways that you could do that on a budget.

To get a place to stay for the night you could check out comparison websites and last minute booking websites. You might find yourself a bit of a walk away from the stadium, but at least you’d be sleeping in a warm bed rather than on a stranger’s shoulder on the ride back home. If you’re looking for an evening meal to go with it though, check out what there is to offer in terms of rugby hospitality. You could get treated like a VIP on a student budget and save on the extra cost of eating out.

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