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Looking for a beach holiday on a budget? Then look no further, from France to Spain, UniversityRooms bring you the ultimate guide to affordable beach holidays.


Bonjour! France is famed for its fantastic food, wine and beautiful scenery, and its beaches are no exception. From the west coast to the French Riviera, a beach holiday in France guarantees the best of the best.  Although the mere mention of a French beach holiday may make you want to tighten your purse strings, it can be affordable with rooms from just 17€ a night!


France, La Rochelle

Situated on the south-west coast, La Rochelle is a lively city with a fascinating maritime past. Whether you decide to laze the day away catching rays on the beach or exploring the historic city, it's been a centre for fishing and trade since the 12th century - so it's no surprise that the seafood here is absolutely heavenly. In terms of beaches, La Rochelle has so much to offer with three sandy beaches close to the city, but for a really special experience try the nearby Island of Ré. 

With you can stay in accommodation in the very heart of La Rochelle. Find out more here.



France, Nice

The unofficial capital of the Côte d'Azur, Nice has been one of the most fashionable towns in France for centuries. One of the best things about Nice is that it’s got a handful of beaches just minutes from the city centre, so you can grab a bite to eat in a chic café before heading down to one of Nice’s 30 (yes 30!) beaches.  If you are looking for culture, Musée Matisse has one of the world’s largest collections of paintings by the Fauvist artist Henri Matisse. Find your inner Grace Kelly just an hour down the road in Monaco.


With you can stay in accommodation in the very heart of Nice from as little at 17€ a night! Find out more here



France, Marseille

Named France's ‘second city’ and the oldest city in the country, Marseille is not short on history or culture. Beaches here are not in short supply, with a selection of public or private, pebbled or sandy, some are man-made and some are extra child-friendly. The city itself has a lot to choose from too, shopping for the day and a fantastic nightlife for after dark all with an eclectic range of bistros, restaurants and cafes.

With you can stay in accommodation in the very heart of Marseille. Stay in self-catered university residences on the Mediterranean coast. Find out more here




Bonjourno! Welcome to Italy, the land of pasta, pizza and now affordable beach holidays. With rooms on the Italian coast from just 13€  a night! you can afford to spend your holiday budget on the things that really matter, like some delicious gelato and a slice of Margherita.


Italy, Palermo

For a truly unique holiday why not visit Palermo? The capital of the Italian island, Sicily, is like nowhere else in Europe. Golden sands, turquoise seas and delightful orange and blue fishing boats line the sea, combine that with the freshest seafood dishes around and you’ve got a truly luxurious beach holiday – but for a fraction of the price. has some wonderful low-cost alternatives to expensive beachside resorts, rooms are mainly available during the summer vacation period, and are in great locations close to the coast which the entire family can enjoyLook at our Palermo locations here



Italy,  Pisa

Famous for its leaning tower, but it’s the beautiful Tuscan beaches close by that should be taking the spotlight. Beaches are roughly 15 minutes from the city centre and are ideal for families with trees for shade and sea walls to protect swimmers from strong currents.

Perfectly located in the heart of the city, offers accommodation are the ideal base for exploring this stunning landscape. Self-catering accommodation is a great alternative to a B&B or hotel providing you with more flexibility, close to the beach as well as plenty of other attractions like the leaning tower, there is something for everyone here! Spaces fill up quickly so book early and check regularly for updates!Look for accommodation in Pisa here



Italy, Pescara

Pescara is a city in the Abruzzo region of Italy and is renowned for its sandy beaches.  A favourite amongst Italian travellers its combination of clean beaches and endless people-watching spots offer endless entertainment. Seafood is Pescara’s signature dish and most shore-side restaurants offer delicious local delicacies. Head to the port for stalls selling fresh, affordable catch of the day cooked in front of you by the local fisherman who caught it.

With UniversityRooms you can stay in Pescara from as little at 13€ a night (long stay) - meaning you can spend your holiday budget on the things that really matter. Book now here




Hola amigos! From paella to calamari Spain is famous for its seafood and its coastal towns are no exception. Grab your best flamenco dress, maracas and fan and prepare to have a fiesta with UniversityRoom’s affordable accommodation.


Spain, Valencia

Valencia is a bustling city with a fascinating historic past. Said to be home to the holy grail, Valencia has everything from castles to the futuristic ‘City of Arts and Sciences’ buildings which house cinemas, an opera house and yearly sporting events. If you wish to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city then you’re in luck, Valencia has several sandy beaches which are largely undeveloped and are the perfect place to chill or just top up your tan.

Valencia UniversityRoom's accommodation offers an affordable alternative to a cheap hotel or hostel when visiting this historic city. Choose from a variety of locations at just 24€ a night. Book yours today, Look at our Valencia accommodation here




Spain, Barcelona

Barcelona is perfect for students looking for a cheap summer break. There’s so much to do and the nightlife is always on top form. Famous for its incredible buildings by architect Antoni Gaudí, making it one of the world’s most Instagram-able cities. In 2010 National Geographic names Barcelona beach as number 1 on its list of Top Ten City Beaches, so it is definitely worthy of a beach holiday status!

UniversityRooms in Barcelona offer convenient and cheap accommodation to students visiting the city, there is something for everyone with rooms ranging from within an old convent in the Gothic Quarter of the city to modern B&B rooms next to the Labyrinth Park. Rooms are available from just 17€ a night (long stay) ! Look for rooms in Barcelona here


Spain, Malaga

Spain’s Costa del Sol is popular for a reason and it’s capital, Malaga is certainly no exception. The southernmost large city in Europe, it is sensationally hot with beautiful sandy beaches that go on for miles and miles. The cities combination of stylish restaurants, quirky museums and chic boutique make it the go-to destination in southern Spain. 

UniversityRooms in Malaga are not just for students; they are a great option for the budget-conscious visitor to this Spanish city in Andalucia! These rooms are a comfortable and cost effective alternative to staying in a cheap hostel or a hotel in Malaga. B&B or self-catering rooms are available and are located close to the city centre, and a stone's throw from the fantastic beaches the area is famous for. Look at our Malaga locations here



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You don't have to be a student to benefit from these amazing nightly rates and great facilities. is a quirky and affordable alternative to a traditional B&B, budget hotel or youth hostel.

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