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March 25, 2013

Living on student coin in Cape Town

Enjoy happy hour in Long Street. Photo courtesy of smee.bruce

There are many ways of surviving your student years in Cape Town: you could get a part-time job, or you could find ways of making your rand stretch as far as it will go.

Students love to party and some of the best places to hang out at include Long Street, Edward Street, Bellville and Lower Main Road, Observatory. Most pubs have happy hours so show up early, before sunset, to get your drink on.

Share a cab with friends if you are pub hopping or use the Myciti bus service, a safer, cheaper way of travelling.

Chain restaurants, like the Spur, Ocean Basket and pizza places have standing weekly specials, but any Capetonian will tell you that Malay fast food is till the quickest and the best. Four of you could share a gatsby, or a vienna and chips parcel. 

Use your student card whenever you can. Iziko museums offer students discounted entry, so too do attractions like Table Mountain and the Two Oceans Aquarium.

The Amphitheatre at the V&A Waterfront often has free concerts and events, and when you get hungry, there are a number of fast-food joints only a few metres away.

Get into shape, enjoy the free exercise equipment at the Urban Park in Green Point, go for a jog on the Sea Point Promenade or tackle one of the many hikes up Table Mountain. 


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