Waiting on that student loan to come in? Here’s a bunch of things you can do for free — or at least, on the cheap — in the Halifax area.

The Emera Oval on The Halifax Common

Winter or summer, the Emera Oval is a great spot to have some free fun in Halifax. Between June and September you can borrow inline or roller skates and all the required protective gear at the site. If you have your own gear, it’s open anytime.

In the winter, ice skate rentals are also free at The Oval.

The Common skate park

If your skate skills have moved beyond skating in circles — or ovals — the skate park on The Common offers a variety of features to hone your skate skills.

Volunteering with animal welfare and other groups

The SPCA in Dartmouth, Bide Awhile Animal Shelter, and Hope for Wildlife are always looking for volunteers to walk dogs and snuggle kitties. Great for animal lovers who can’t have a pet of their own.

There are a number of other worthy volunteering opportunities if animals aren't your thing. The Canadian National Institute is looking for "Vision Mates" to assist people who are blind or partially blind. Find out more about that program here.

From volunteering at Atlantic Canada's largest science fiction, fantasy and comic book convention, to helping out at the local food bank, a quick Google search will bring up a host of volunteering opportunities for all interests.

Visit a beach

With every community in Nova Scotia no more than 50 kilometres from the ocean, visiting the beach is a great way to while away the hours.

If you don't have a car, the map below shows beaches you can bus, bike or walk to in the Halifax region.


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The cheapest boat tour of Halifax harbour

Take the Halifax Transit ferry for the low, low price of $2.50. There may not be a tour guide but you can hop off at Alderney Landing and explore downtown Dartmouth, just don’t forget to ask for a transfer for the ride back to the Halifax waterfront.

So many beautiful walks

From the Halifax waterfront and Point Pleasant Park, to Dartmouth's Shubie Park and the Halifax Public Gardens, there are many beautiful parks where you're free to wile away the hours.

Use those student discounts

The tuition costs may be pricey but there are some financial perks to being a student.

Atlantic Superstores and Sobeys locations in the Halifax region offer a 10 per cent discount on Tuesdays to those with valid student IDs. 

Many banks offer "students only" banking options. It's worth talking to your bank about no-fee or low-fee banking options.

Many salons, coffee shops, museums, travel agents and other businesses offer student discounts. Don't be afraid to ask.