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The ultimate student holiday to Amsterdam

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Luckily for students, Amsterdam is a city with lots of options if you’re on a budget. Here’s the lowdown on some of the most delicious cheap eats, affordable watering holes and free or low-cost tourist activities, as well as where to stay and how to get there without breaking the bank. In association with Flybe.

Getting there

Flybe fly to Amsterdam at very competitive rates, whilst those who like to keep their feet firmly on the ground can get the party started early on a Eurolines coach. The company, owned by National Express, offer travel from London’s Victoria Station from just £15 one-way.

Places to Eat

Couscous Club

This place is a really genius idea, because couscous is delicious, nutritious and yep, pretty cheap to make. Although there are just three kinds of couscous on the menu at one time, it’s well-made and the atmosphere here is warm, friendly and relaxed. There are even chamber music recitals on Sunday evenings that feature an interval for you to enjoy a plate of warm couscous. Reservations are highly advised.


A great choice if you are looking for varied, flavoursome dishes and plenty of choice for a modest price. You can buy three tapas dishes here (enough to constitute a full meal) for around €18. The chef is influenced by a mixture of Japanese macrobiotic culinary methods and Mediterranean flavours.

Places to Drink

There are plenty of cheap bars and pubs in Amsterdam, and you can expect to pay as little as €3.50 for a pint in many locales. Happy Hour is common in a lot of bars, giving you two for the price of one; perfect for those looking for a boozy getaway.


Cheap Sightseeing

Free walking tours have exploded all over Europe and Amsterdam is no different. The free walking tour in Amsterdam is funded solely through tips. It’s not the typical corner-cutting tour either; these tours last three hours and include many of the city’s major sites. For more information, click here.

There are also plenty of great things to do in Amsterdam for free, such as touring the beautiful collection of canals, or heading to one of the splendid markets like Albert Cuyp markt or the charismatic Noordermarkt farmer’s market in the Jordaan. The many free museums and art galleries are not to be sniffed at either; KochxBos may look like someone’s living room tucked away down a picturesque suburban street, but it’s full of weird and wonderful surrealist pieces. Even the pricier EYE film museum has a permanent free exhibition.

Places to Stay

Stayokay Hotel

This hostel used to be a schoolhouse and is fairly modern and well-maintained for a hostel; you can expect a clean room, at the very least. Private doubles are around €60 including breakfast, with dorms starting at €20 per night.

Did you know that it is also possible to camp in Amsterdam? It’s a quirky and seriously cheap alternative to a hotel or youth hostel. Camping Zeeburg is a popular option with a choice of cabins and wagonettes. Prices are around €60 for two people.