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Students Guide to a Cheap Las Vegas Holiday

Students Guide to a Cheap Las Vegas Holiday

Monday 22nd August 2011

Sin City is often billed as a city of excess and luxury but you don’t have to break the bank to have a great time in Las Vegas.

Free Attractions

You may not have the money to stay at the Bellagio but you can enjoy their free shows. The fountains at the Bellagio start a free show every 15 minutes and when you’re done enjoying the water shows, step inside to see the extensive conservatory featuring seasonal flowers from around the world. If you want a little more action, Treasure Island puts on a show that’s one part rock, one part pirate, and all fun. Mythology buffs will enjoy the Fall of Atlantis at Caesars Forum.

Cheap Food

Long gone are the days of $3 buffets featuring prime rib and lobster. Food in Vegas can be expensive but even if you’re not willing to pay for four star celebrity chef inspired dishes, you can still find a great meal for a good price. Take a page from your grandparents and head out for the early bird special. You’ll eat the same food at a fraction of the price. If you have a specific restaurant in mind check out local papers and magazines for coupons.


Want the casinos to give you money for gambling? Casinos offer free classes explaining how to play craps, poker, blackjack, and other table games. As an added bonus, they provide anywhere from $5-10 just for sitting in on the class. Once you’ve collected your free cash, remember to set a limit you’re comfortable losing. Know the odds of the games. Slots, keno, and roulette are some of the worst odds on the casino floor. If you want to make your money last, play games with better odds like blackjack and craps.

Frugal Lodging

In Las Vegas you pay premium for location. While you might enjoy the convenience of staying on the main strip you’ll also pay for it. Stay at a less known cheap Las Vegas hotel just off the strip and save a bundle. If you’re more interested in old Vegas, head to Freemont street for more accommodation deals.