From discount desserts and bargain bowling, to affordable places to party the night away, Cheltenham is full of ways for students to have fun without breaking the bank.
SoGlos rounds up 18 of the best student hot spots in town, perfect for making new friends during fresher's week.
If you’re in need of a sugar fix, Creams Café at The Brewery Quarter is perfect for those with a super sweet tooth! The casual venue serves waffles and ice cream sundaes covered in deliciously indulgent toppings, as well as cakes, shakes and hot chocolates.
It’s also got colourful skate and graffiti themed décor which is great for the ‘gram! Plus, if you’re a student, you can get 15 per cent off the bill when you show a valid student beans card.
Promising to cure hangovers and fuel study sessions, its authentic dishes are delicious and filling - with plenty of vegan options, too.
Adventure golf venue, Mr Mulligan's at The Brewery Quarter hosts 'Wicked Wednesdays' every week, where students can get a pre-booked game of golf for £5 using the code WICKED, as well as a variety of drinks offers including two cocktails for £10 and four Sourz shots for £5.
It also offers discounts throughout the week, with one game costing £8.50 and two games costing £12.23 with a valid student ID.
Students with the Percent app can raise money for their favourite club or society, with Cosy Club donating five per cent of the total bill to your chosen cause.
Showing all the latest Hollywood blockbusters, as well as boasting IMAX and a state-of-the-art 4DX experience, Cineworld Cheltenham is a movie-lovers paradise.
Students get discounts off standard priced tickets with a valid student ID, plus there are midweek offers like a small soft drink and popcorn for just £6.50 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
With its range spanning fashion, gifts, music and homeware, you can get a new outfit and kit out your student flat for less - with some exclusions on sale items.
With burgers, dogs, barbecues and loaded fries on the menu, with plenty of options for veggies and vegans, dine in with table service or pop in and order to take away to get the discount.
With 16 lanes to play on, a retro American-style diner, arcade games, pool tables, bar, Costa coffee shop and a student discount available, Hollywood Bowl is an ideal place to have fun on a budget.
From 5pm Sunday to 5pm Friday, students can get two games for £9.45 when booked online, as long as they show their student ID at the venue.
SOHO Coffee Co
Coffee connoisseurs can enjoy 10 per cent off food and hot drinks with a Unidays card, to keep you full of beans.
Whether you're shopping for new shorts and slides or something more formal, there's no need to compromise on quality.
Son of Steak
With speedy service, a casual vibe and 25 per cent off the food bill from Sunday to Thursday for students, it's the perfect place to get your meat fix - and believe it or not, there's a good selection of vegan options, too!
With fruity and flavoursome garden-inspired cocktails, bottomless brunch and a laid-back food menu, The Botanist – as the name suggests – takes students into the stylish world of a plant-loving scientist.
Beautifully themed, this effortlessly cool student spot offers five per cent back every time you spend thanks to its ‘My New World’ app. Available on both the App Store and Google Play - with customers able to start building up a credit after their first visit.
Available from Sunday to Thursday, Italian food fans can enjoy 25 per cent off pizza, pasta and plenty more.
Home & Botanic
Describing itself as 'Cheltenham's elite nightclub', Home & Botanic has five rooms to party the night away until late, including a stylish piano room, colourful Disco Disco room, a club room and a bier haus.
While there isn't a dedicated student night, it offers two cocktails for £12 before 11pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
If you’re too busy cramming for exams to make it out clubbing on a weeknight, Cheltenham’s alternative club 2 Pigs offers two floors of rock, indie, punk and alternative music every weekend.
There’s also discounted entry for students, DJ's, regular live bands playing and good quality drinks, not to mention a courtyard that's open all night to grab a breather from the mosh pit!
With free entry until 11pm, fans of cheesy pop music will love a night out at Popworld in Cheltenham.
Plus on Mondays, Glam means students can get entry to Popworld and MooMoo Clubrooms for just £4, with drinks offers, giveaways and free food available too.
Frog and Fiddle
SGGLA Live Music Venue of the Year 2022, the Frog and Fiddle is a hugely popular venue with a buzzing atmosphere, pool tables, Sky Sports and regular live music nights with a fantastic reputation for supporting local bands.
It's also proudly LGBTQIA-friendly and wheelchair accessible, so everyone's welcome.
Propaganda and Blue & Blue at MooMoo Clubrooms
Making Wednesday the new Friday, Blue & Blue is one of Gloucestershire’s biggest student nights at Cheltenham’s MooMoo Clubrooms.
Alternatively, pumping some adrenaline-filled tunes into Thursday nights in Cheltenham, Propaganda is a popular student night, offering three-floors of indie and alt music. Expect great drinks deals and discounted entry with a student ID card.