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Doing the Edinburgh Fringe on a budget

By Megan 01 Jul 2019

Looking for a student friendly way to soak up everything the Fringe has to offer? Well fear not, you don't need to miss out if you're on a budget!

Take a look at our top tips for doing the Fringe on a budget:

  • Grab a bargain at the Virgin Money Half Price Hut
    With thousands of half price tickets available, the Virgin Money Half Price Hut on The Mound is the place to grab a bargain. The hut offers half price tickets for shows on the day of purchase and the following morning. Details of the shows can be found at the Virgin Money Half Price Hut, online and on the Fringe App during the Fringe. Find opening dates and times here.
  • See free shows 
    Last year, there were nearly 700 free shows in the Fringe Programme so you’re bound to find a whole host of shows to suit your tastes. Free shows can be ticketed or non-ticketed so make sure that you book a ticket for any free ticketed shows that you’d like to see. You can filter free shows online and on the app.
  • Pay what you want
    Some shows offer you the option to pay what you want for performances so all you need to do is turn up, enjoy the show and choose the ticket price for yourself. 
  • Preview a show
    If you’re in Edinburgh in early August, another great way to make your money go further is to check out preview performances. Preview tickets are sold at a reduced rate and shows take place in the days before the Fringe officially starts. Dates for preview performances are highlighted "PV" in the Programme or you can browse online for shows with preview dates currently on sale.
  • Get 2for1 tickets
    In town on 5th or 6th August? Make sure you check out all the shows included in the 2for1 ticket offer on the first Monday and Tuesday of the Fringe. Browse the shows participating in this offer and currently on sale and split the cost with a pal.
  • Become a Friend
    Friends of the Fringe get access to a range of great perks including 2for1 tickets on hundreds of shows, a dedicated box office and booking phone line plus 10% discount in the edfringe shop. You also get that warm, fuzzing feeling of supporting the Fringe Society, a registered charity. Last year, over 60% of all shows at the Fringe offered 2for1 tickets to Friends. Want to be Friends? Sign up today online. You can also grab a £3 discount off a Friends membership when paying by direct debit, if you sign up before 22 May.
  • Watch World-Class Street Events
    The Virgin Money Street Events on the Royal Mile and Mound offer visitors jaw-dropping street performances in return for a donation of your choice. The Street Events include everything from circus, choirs, drumming groups, guitarists and bagpipers, all set to entertain audiences. A daily schedule of Street Events talent is available online during the Fringe.
  • Receive concession prices
    The Fringe Box Office offers a reduced price on some tickets for students, registered unemployed, people with disabilities, senior citizens, and children under 18 so if you are eligible, it’s worth checking. A further concession is also often available for families of two adults and two children or one adults and three children under the age of 18. Attending the Fringe in a large group? For many performances, a 10% discount for groups of 10 persons or more is available.
  • Walk to and from venues
    Edinburgh is the perfect city to walk around and many Fringe venues are located close to each other, reducing the need to travel by taxi. The city is very well-connected with a fabulous bus service offering great value for money day, night and family tickets for travel all across Edinburgh.
  • Enjoy a bargain tea or coffee
    Many coffee shops and cafes offer a discount for using your own reusable mug so you can enjoy your favourite hot beverage at mates’ rates with the added bonus of doing your bit for the environment. If you don’t have one already, you can pick up a Fringe Keep Cup in a variety of colours in the edfringe shop or online.

Megan is part of the QMU Browzer Team
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