Wanna do something on New Year’s Eve for college students but not sure what? Here are 10 things you can do on NYE even on a budget and as a student.
Let’s get started!
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1. Go to a NYE destination
For this one you have multiple options for. There are different kinds of New Year’s Eve destinations you can choose.
For the Party-Student:
- Las Vegas
- New York
- Any big city near you
- Big cities in Europe such as London, Paris, Rome…
For the Adventurous Student:
- Stay at an igloo/treehouse/another fun place
- Go camping (bring tons of blankets though cause it’s probably gonna be freezing)
- Take a road trip
- Travel in Switzerland, Norway, or Scotland
Those are just a few travel ideas for New Year’s Eve.
Some Tips for traveling NYE on a budget:
Check out local destinations to not travel far:
That can save you lots of money since you won’t have to pay for an airplane or much gas for a long drive.
So for example, if you live in Virginia, you could go to Virginia Beach, Richmond, Washington D.C, or even Indianapolis for NYE. Neither of them is very far (relatively) and you still spend New Year’s Eve away from your house.
How to find cheap flights:
You can either look for plane tickets to a specific destination on Skyscanner to find the best deal, or if you don’t mind to go a little further away, or haven’t found anything local, you can go to Skyscanner and pick “worldwide” and the time frame you want to go on vacation for. The second option will suggest you the cheapest plane tickets worldwide!!
Save Money for New Year’s Eve:
No matter how budget-friendly a trip is, you still need money for it. Let’s talk a little bit about what you can do to save money for a holiday trip.
If you are further interested in saving money and budgeting, check out this post I wrote with tips for budgeting correctly.
Related: 10 Tips to Save Money for Christmas
Make Money to travel on New Year’s Eve:
Having more money for NYE destinations is just as important as saving money.
Here are my most popular posts about that:
2. Go out with friends
If you don’t feel like traveling, you can also just go out with your friends and have a fun night out.
This is a great activity idea for a New Year’s Eve for college students, and also a good way to celebrate your (hopefully) passed exams.
3. Reunite with Old Friends
If you are spending your NYE at home, you can meet up with your old friends for New Year’s Eve!
I would love to do this New year’s eve for college students idea if my friends were where my parents live now haha. Still, I might visit my friends for NYE we’ll see!
4. Go on a date
If you want to spend New Year’s Eve with your significant other, a fun date night is a perfect way to spend the night!
I can’t wait for my first NYE with my boyfriend and do all the cliche things you see in movies! So if you have a partner you want to spend NYE with, this idea is perfect for you!
Need date ideas? Click here to check out some fun things to do with your SO! (scroll down a little)
5. Have a Family Game Night
Spending winter break at home?
Game nights can be a lot of fun, and New Year’s Eve is a good occasion to get your family together and have a fun night in. When the clock hits midnight, you can have a drink and celebrate together.
6. Create new Traditions
My family and I do some traditions for New Year’s Eve, and I feel like no matter how I will spend my future NY eves, I want to still include them!
Here are some ideas for what you can do around NYE:
- Write down things you love about each other on notes and read them to each other; also keep them for next NYE!
- Write notes of your best memories and read a year later
- Reflect on the year (here are some prompts) and share (or don’t share) what you achieved and what you failed.
- Write goals and share them with the others (here is how to set goals correctly!)
- Talk about your favorite memories
- Write fails you had or disappointments you encountered on notes and throw them in the fireplace.
I know, some of these can be very nostalgic or emotional, and you might not want to share some things with your friends or family. But that’s okay!
Whether you choose to do some of these with your family, friends, significant other, or just by yourself, they are great things to do New Year’s Eve for college students to reflect and look forward to!
I personally love creating reports of how much money I made the year, how much I saved, and make new goals for the next year.
7. Go to a Fancy Gala/Dance
You may think they are expensive, but check out if your area has any dinners or galas for New Year’s Eve!
Of course, there are expensive ones, but there are also a lot of affordable places you can go to. Head over to Google and search for NYE galas or dances! They are fun with family, friends, or your partner!
I have been to one last year and it was a lot of fun, even being way too overdressed haha.
Here is a picture of me and my sister (note: we rented these dresses and there were people in just jeans at that gala (which isn’t appropriate either but well) so we felt quite fancy.)
8. See a Play/Musical
Going to an event such as a play, musical, or even just a good movie theater can be a great way to spend your New Year’s Eve!
You can go with whoever you like, get tickets to a show you love, and have an amazing time.
9. Go Ice Skating/ Night Outside
For a day or evening/night outdoors, you can go ice skating, sledding, or even skiing if you have the opportunity.
Being outside is one of the best ways to spend New Year’s Eve for college students, not just because it’s fun but it’s also different to your regular going-out nights.
Thinking of ice skating, you can get hot cider or punch with it, eat some good food, and warm up later by a fire. Perfect date if you ask me!
10. Host a party
The last idea for things to do on New Year’s Eve for college students is to host your own NYE party!
You can theme it if you want, or just have a casual get together.
Whatever you decide, a party is a great way to connect with your friends or family, and have some fun on NYE.
You can make it all fancy or just keep it casual; whatever you feel like. It is YOUR party!
I hope you liked these ideas for things to do New Year’s Eve for college students!
These ideas should be more or less on a budget, so let me know which one you end up doing to inspire other students.
Enjoy and don’t forget to set your goals!