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Fun Things to Do During College Summer Break

Summer’s finally here and college students can take a well-deserved break. If you have been studying hard since last fall, you can afford to take a break before the next semester. Feels good, doesn’t it? You’ve been anxiously waiting for this day to come. It is important that you put this free time to good use and enjoy it to the fullest because once the summer is over, you’ll have to wait until the next year. Therefore, dear students, seize the day! Once the exams are over and your college friends go to their hometowns, you can easily get bored. Don’t let this happen. Find some exciting things to do during college summer break and make the most of it.

Summertime is the perfect time for culture

  • Museums. There’s a museum dedicated to almost anything you can imagine. So, even if you are not an art lover, there must be a museum for you. You can save money as a student in various museums by bringing your student ID and getting a discount on your ticket.
  • Theaters. How often do you go to the theater? When you’re on a summer break, there are no excuses for avoiding this beautiful form of art.
  • Film festivals. Film festivals are a great opportunity to see independent films that you might not otherwise be able to see. Or, you can just go to the nearest movie theater and see the new releases – that works, too.
  • Concerts and music festivals. Although there are concerts and music festivals year-round, free, outdoor ones are more common during the summer months.

Traveling is one of the most enjoyable things to do during college summer break

The benefits of traveling during your college years are numerous. You can de-stress, meet new people, learn about other cultures, etc. If you feel guilty about spending too much on travel, there are many ways to cut costs. Flying can be cheaper than you think, especially the last-minute deals. If flying is not an option, there are always trains and buses. You can backpack and stay at a hostel, even do some work while you’re there to save money. If it’s a longer trip, go to to get affordable storage services so you know your belongings are safe while you are away. 

A girl on the beach

Make a list of fun things to do during college summer break and let the fun begin.

Get some exercise

After months of being stuck in a college library, you must be a little out of shape. This is, obviously, a bad thing, especially during the swimsuit season. So, try to hit the gym more often, go swimming, ride a bicycle or call your friends to play sports together. Lying around all day won’t do your body any good. But remember to reduce outdoor physical activity during the hottest part of the day.

Explore your own area

If you can’t afford to travel the whole time (or at all), there must be a lot of fun things to do during college summer break in your area. Be a tourist in your own hometown and experience all those things you never experienced just because they were so close and always available. Go to a local bar or museum. Go on a hike or camping and discover the natural beauties of your area. You might find some surprising new places you didn’t even know existed. Why not invite a friend from college who’s never been in your town and be their tour guide?

A girl on a bike and a dog, sunset in the background

A stay-cation can be just as fun as a vacation!

Learn a new skill

Yes, we know you need a break from studying. However, a summer break might be the perfect opportunity to learn something useful you otherwise don’t have time for. Learning new skills is important for our personal as well as professional growth. College can’t teach you everything you need to know to prepare for life after college. One more skill on your resume could be beneficial for your future, and it certainly can’t hurt. So, start learning a foreign language, a programming language, a musical instrument or take an art class. The possibilities are endless.

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Learn a new skill and impress your future employer.

Catch up with old friends

Moving away for college can harm your relationship with your childhood friends. Since you can’t see each other often, you should take this opportunity to catch up. Cherish this time, especially if you find yourselves drifting apart. For example, pick an activity from our list and do it together.

Some less fun things to do during college summer break

Help your parents around the house

If you are spending the summer in your hometown, your parents might need some help with home repairs or simple things like taking out the trash, cleaning or walking the dog. Be there for them – they should not be serving you the entire summer.

Find a new place to live and move

Are you satisfied with your college accommodation? If not, maybe it’s time to move. Apartment hunting can take a while, so use this free time to do it right. That’s why many college students do this during the summer. Even if your relocation is a local one, it takes some preparation, like finding someone to help you and packing your stuff. Just like preparing an exam, the longer you procrastinate, the more stressful it gets.

Get a summer job or volunteer

A lot of college students work during their summer break, either part-time or full-time. This could be a good way for you to discover your future career path or just earn some extra money for traveling.

You can also volunteer at a company related to your field of studies and gain some real-world knowledge. Giving back to the community might be the best way to spend your college summer break. Find a local charitable organization and help those in need this summer.