Travel the World with Student Universe UK

If you’re a student looking for discounted travel, hotels and tours, then you’ve come to the right place! Student Universe is the world’s leading travel booking service for students. Their HQ is in Boston, but they have offices all over the world, in London, Toronto, New York, and the Philippines. They’ve been around for more than 20 years, empowering students and young people to travel the world. 

Four friends standing and watching the sun go down

Credit: Helena Lopes

Why choose Student Universe UK?

Student Universe UK are on a mission to make global experiences possible. They believe that travel is essential to a modern education, and that students and young people return from their trips enlightened and inspired. They know that students can sometimes be a little short on cash, so that’s why they offer student discounts, youth fares, and top deals on flights, hotels, tours, groups, and more. Here are some of the other reasons why you should choose Student Universe UK:

  • Dedicated UK office based in London
  • 24/7 customer support to make booking simple
  • ATOL registered for peace of mind
  • Special member discounts to make your student loan go further

Student Universe UK are also members of the British Educational Travel Association (BETA), the association that represents the community of British youth, student and educational travel organisations.

If you’re looking to travel the world on your gap year, you can benefit from special member rates on flights, hotels, and tours. Their unique pricing and terms are negotiated specifically for students, through contracts with dozens of world-class partners and more than 70 airlines, giving students the opportunity to travel more, and spend less. And what’s more, it’s free to become a member. So how does it work?

  • Step 1: Create your free student account at by entering a few personal details.
  • Step 2: They’ll double check that you’re an enrolled student, and then you can access their deals on flights, hotels, and tours. They also have youth deals that can be booked by anyone between 18-25 years old, whether you’re a student or not.
  • Step 3: Start searching from thousands of great offers. Simple flights can be booked online, while tours and more complex trips can be discussed in detail with one of their expert travel consultants before booking.

Then all you have to do is get ready for the travel adventure of a lifetime – it really is that easy!

Where can Student Universe UK take me?

Student Universe UK offers cheap flights, accommodation, and tours all over the world. Students can save up to 40% on hotels and hostels, which means you’ll always find a price that’ll suit your budget. You’ll find some of the most competitive prices with:

  • Hostels from £2
  • 2 star from £14
  • 3 star from £30
  • 5 star from £56

And why not book a tour with the money you’ve saved on your flights and accommodation? Tours are a great way to experience the best a country has to offer, guided by experts, where you’ll meet like-minded travel buddies, and possibly friends for life.

People sitting in a circle around a camp fire in the evening

Credit: Phil Coffman

Here are just some of the highlights available from Student Universe UK:

Greek Island Flexi Hopper – This 9 day tours begins and ends in Athens, with trips to Mykonos, Paros, Santorini and Ios in between. And their flexible itinerary means you get to choose how long you spend on each island. 

  • Watch the sunset behind white stone windmills
  • Dance to fantastic DJs in Mykonos
  • Explore Santorini’s black and red sand beaches
  • Party until dawn on Ios

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in the heart of Athens, the Aristoteles Hotel is a great choice. It’s just a 10-minute walk to the National Archaeological Museum of Athens and Omonia Square, and 1.1 mile from Syntagma Square and 2 miles from Parthenon. The rooms have free wifi, a private balcony, cable TV, and complimentary toiletries. And the hotel features a restaurant and a bar/lounge so you can enjoy a few drinks in the evening.

Complete Iceland – Enjoy the very best of Iceland’s fascinating natural sites on this 9 day tour. Witness the lava formations of Dimmuborgir, the stunning fjords and glaciers near Höfn, and the hot springs and waterfalls of the Golden Circle. You’ll also have some time to yourself to explore the quirky Icelandic capital of Reykjavík at your own pace.

  • Visit Dettifoss waterfall
  • Marvel at The Great Geysir
  • Look for sunbathing seals at the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
  • Enjoy free time for snorkelling between tectonic plates or hiking to hot springs

Your accommodation is included in the Complete Iceland tour, but if you’re looking to do your own thing, a stay at the Reykjavik Hostel Village places you in the heart of Reykjavik, within a 10-minute walk of Laugavegur and Hallgrimskirkja. This family-friendly hostel is 1.5 miles from Reykjavik Harbour and 1.6 miles from Reykjavik City Hall. Make yourself at home in one of the 45 guestrooms, and prepare your meals in the sociable communal kitchen. Enjoy stunning views from the terrace or garden, and make use of the picnic area and barbecue.

Cambodia Experience – This 9 day tour is ideal if you want to fit a lot in to a short trip. Cambodia’s natural beauty combined with its culture and history makes it a truly fascinating destination, waiting to be explored. Stand in awe of the architectural achievement of Angkor Wat and contemplate the horrors of the Killing Fields at Phnom Penh. Plus, your accommodation, transportation, and entrance to Angkor are all included so you can concentrate on having an amazing time.

  • Explore exciting and fast-paced Ho Chi Minh City
  • Float through the Mekong Delta
  • Discover the magnificence of Angkor Wat
  • Savour an authentic Khmer meal at a social enterprise project

You’ll end your tour in Bangkok, Thailand. If you want a good base to explore this vibrant city, there are a lot of hotels and hostels to choose from with up to 40% off the standard rate. 

Can I purchase flight tickets if I’m a secondary school student?

Even without a school issued email, you can still take advantage of their great student airfares. Student Universe UK also offers Youth Fares. To qualify for Youth Fares, you do not need to be in school, you just need to be between the ages of 16-25. Since they have more fares available for students, if you are both a youth and a student, register yourself as a student to get the best fares. 

They also have fares which anyone can purchase, so if you’re not a student, staff member or youth, you can still get great discounts on flights, accommodation and tours.

If I cancel my tour, what will happen to my deposit?

Because sometimes the unexpected can happen, it is possible to cancel a tour. Although deposits are non-refundable, your deposits are good for life so you can always use your deposit towards another tour later.

Can you help if I want to work abroad on my gap year?

With work abroad programs in Australia and New Zealand, you can experience new countries while developing skills in sales & marketing, hospitality, accounting, administration, telemarketing and more. Student Universe UK can support you in every step of the process, from helping you find living accommodation, to setting up a bank account with a working abroad tax ID. They help take the hassle out of the living and working abroad transition so your dream can become a reality. 

Millions of students use Student Universe UK every year to make new memories. So whether you’re a student or young person wanting to explore the world on your gap year, or just simply looking for cheap flights back home for the holidays, they’ll always find you the best deals. Book online at, call 0808 234 4107 or connect on social media.

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