The United States is vast, and the summer is the perfect time to explore whichever of the 50 states you want to visit most, but there’s something important that might not be so vast: your student budget. Whether you’re hitting up the east coast and New York City or you’re flying out to Honolulu nearly 5,000 miles away, we have you covered on the five best student hotels that you can stay at while still meeting your student budget. Hey, maybe you could even travel to all five spots on one trip? That would be a near-guaranteed good time.

Here are the top 5 budget-friendly student hotels to stay at this summer in the United States. All of these accommodations have rooms for under $150 a night through StudentUniverse!

1. Mirage Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada


Anywhere you could want to go in Las VegasCaesars Palace, the Viva Las Vegas Chapel, countless nightclubs and theatersis within walking distance of Mirage Resort & Casino. Or, you could just spend your entire time in the building. After all, the resort houses its own casino, full-service spa, nightclub, hair salon, swimming pool, and shopping center. Mirage even has its own volcano in its front yard! Theoretically, you could even just stay in your room the whole day and take advantage of the 24-hour room service… but given that you’re on vacation, live a little! All of this might sound expensive, but it’s actually one of the cheapest resorts in Sin City.

2. Aqua Oasis Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii


Highly rated by those who stay here, Aqua Oasis Hotel is a paradise inside the paradise of Honolulu. Guests can watch the world go by from private verandas outside each room, take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool, or heat up in the hotel’s sauna. The rest of Honolulu is easy to explore as well. Visitors can take advantage of the free shuttle service which will bring them all over Waikiki, or they can choose to walk instead; the Royal Hawaiian Center—a large shopping center—is just three minutes from the hotel, while the beach at Waikiki Bay is only double that.

3. Lord Balfour, Miami Beach, Florida


Located on Ocean Drive in the “SoFi” neighborhoodSouth Beach’s trendy cultural center—Lord Balfour definitely encompasses the hipness of its surroundings with eye-catching vintage designs mixed with modern décor throughout the entire hotel. It’s not one of those massive, expensive resorts dotted along Ocean Drive, but when you have Miami Beach and the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean an easy two-minute stroll away, a soft bed in the comfort of Lord Balfour is all you need. Save for your money for something else, like drinks at the hotel’s bar or entry into the nightclubs down the street.

4. Cova Hotel, San Francisco, California


San Francisco is known to be one of the most expensive U.S. cities to stay in, but Cova Hotel is a good option for those who’d rather use their money to live it up on the town. The hotel offers free continental breakfast and free Internet and is located in walking distance of some of San Francisco’s main sights. San Francisco Opera, Union Square, the Asian Art Museum, and San Francisco City Hall are all just 10-minute walks away, and Cova’s shuttle service will even bring you to Union Square and Fisherman’s Wharf for free. The time to book Cova Hotel is now, because StudentUniverse is currently offering a discount for up to 25% off rooms at this location.

5. Hotel 31, New York City, New York


New York City has a notoriously high price of living, but that’s not too surprising since it’s one of the most visited cities in the world. Hotel 31 is the best accommodation at its low price level, yet it still offers comfortable living in a building of stylish decor. The best part about this place is probably its Manhattan location, settled just a five-minute walk from the Empire State Building, eight minutes from Madison Square Park, and an 18-minute walk from Times Square. The subway system, just around the corner from the hotel, can bring you virtually anywhere in the city if you don’t feel like walking.


Now that you know where to stay, take advantage of the student discounts that StudentUniverse is offering on these budget-friendly hotels, and have fun traveling!

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