When you’re working with a tight budget, it’s frustrating when you’re forced to blow half your pay cheque on necessities. We’ve put together a guide to cheap, student-friendly picks that won’t put a dent in your wallet but are a guaranteed day or night around town.
If you can’t get enough of live music head to Moonshine at Manly’s Hotel Steyne on Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday (or all four) and you can boogie down to sensational local bands. Located right next to the beautiful Manly Beach, the Steyne offers something different every week so there’s bound to be a band you’ll love.
Reserve a space at Plan B for a night of good-old pub trivia. Round up a team and battle it out in three rounds of challenges. There’s no fee to play, but there are prizes up for grabs, including a feed from resident kitchen whizzes, Belly Bao – a fusion of American fast food with Taiwanese street eats.
Away from the main drag of King Street, Lentil as Anything is a not-for-profit eatery that has all your vegetarian and vegan needs. Run by volunteers and operating under a pay-as-you-feel pricing model, these guys understand the pain of being a struggling student. Although these guys are more than happy to provide you with a wholesome and nutritious meal, don’t abuse their kindness as $15 is the recommended donation.
Every Saturday, Glebe Primary School opens its doors to a herd of bargain crazy shoppers and enthusiastic stallholders. From second-hand clothes to cute succulents, you’re sure to find all the market trinkets you could possibly desire. Our words of advice? Head in at around 3pm and reap the benefits of stallholders selling their goods at ridiculously low prices.
If you’re after laugh-out-loud comedy at absolutely no fee, look no further than Mug and Kettle. Comedy regular Daniel Muggington hosts a monthly comedy night at the Eveleigh Hotel featuring six comedians, comfy lounges and an all-round great time. Or if open mic is more your thing, head over to Molotov Comedy at B.E.D. every Wednesday from 7.30pm.
If you’re looking for a quiet place to study, or finish off last-minute assignments, look no further than Cornersmith. Located on the corner of Illawarra and Petersham Roads, Cornersmith boasts a locally sourced menu and coffee that hits the spot. Our advice? Hit this café up during the week to avoid killer lines.
Tucked underneath the Marly lies Tokyo Sing Song – a spectacular extravaganza of all things wacky but wonderful (and safe from the city’s lockout laws), this quirky basement bar is open until the wee hours of the morning – we’re talking till 6am. Go on a Saturday night to avoid a hangover on a uni day, and feel smug knowing you’ll be out late enough to be first in line at the best cafés in Sydney on Sunday morning.