Five Of The Coolest, Quirkiest Hostels Around The World

StudentUniverse, the world’s largest student & youth travel marketplace, shares the hidden gems of the hostel scene… 

When it comes to budget-driven gap year or post-university travels, the hostels you stay in can really make or break your trip. From chronic snorers to revellers disturbing your sleep after rolling in at 3am, there are plenty of reasons to avoid bedding down in a youth hostel. But when travelling on a student budget, hostels are undoubtedly the way to go. 

Over the years, hostels have gone from drab to fab – no longer are the options limited to 8-bed dormitories with communal bathrooms. Now, there is a variety of hostels to choose from that even rival hotel offerings. The team at StudentUniverse has scoped out some of the coolest and quirkiest hostels in popular student travel destinations, to show you just how good a hostel experience can be. 

From rooms with a view to those with some particularly fascinating historic links, there are some pretty incredible hostels to be enjoyed around the world. Even better, you’ll save yourself a pretty penny too!

1. Outpost, El Nido, The Philippines

When it comes to location, it doesn’t get much better than this. Nestled right on the beach in El Nido, you’ll be pinching yourself as you wake up every morning and step out of your dorm room overlooking the ocean. Think sundowners on the beach-front deck after a day out on the water scuba diving with incredible wildlife. Rooms start at £9.62 per night. 

2. Base, Magnetic Island, Queensland, Australia

Home to one of the best parties in Australia, Base hosts the magnificent Full Moon Down Under Party every month for visitors from all over the globe. With body paint aplenty and up to 5,000 party-goers joining in on the fun, this is one stay that will surely make for a night to remember (or not!). Rooms start at £18.98 per night.

3. The Farm, Canggu, Bali

If it’s a taste of luxury you’re after, you won’t feel like you’re slumming it in this flash hostel on the south coast of Bali. With an Instagram-worthy pool area, you’ll be the envy of all your friends back home, as you soak up the glorious Indonesian sunshine. Known for its friendly staff and social atmosphere, this hostel is perfect for those solo flash-packing adventures. Rooms start from £14.27 per night.

4. Freehand, New York City, USA

The Freehand is proud of its hostel culture as soon as you step through the door.  From live music at the lively rooftop bar to fitness workshops, those looking to make friends in the city that never sleeps will feel right at home in no time. Even better, you get all the hostel fun with hotel facilities. Private rooms start from £203 per night. 

5. Jailhouse Accommodation, Christchurch, New Zealand

If you don’t mind bedding down in a historic former jail, then the Jailhouse is perfect for you. Perhaps not for the faint hearted, the former jail closed in 1999 and has been running as a youth hostel since 2006.  But don’t be alarmed, you won’t be getting the same treatment as inmates back then – expect comfy beds, a great atmosphere and truly memorable stay! Rooms start from £16.52 per night. 

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