If you’re a focused student who might be working to support your academic goals, you’ll know that your mission is far from easy.

Which is even more reason to make the most of your breaks and, whenever possible, take off to foreign climes with your classmates to relax, unwind and recharge your batteries.

When there are so many departure points to choose from, Stansted might seem like a bit of a left field choice.

But bear with us, because this underdog air hub is more manageable than larger counterparts and still serves up flights to fantastic destinations.

With that in mind, here are three reasons Stansted’s a super springboard for student breaks.

  1. Awesome Agadir

Morocco is a marvellous location which bridges the gap between African and European cultures, and it’s been a hot spot for cultural exchanges for centuries.

Agadir is probably the party capital — it’s situated on the country’s southern Atlantic coast and is just under a four hour flight from Stansted.

You can see historical sights like the Kasbah during the day and party at luxe clubs like the So Lounge by night, so there’s something for everyone.

When you want to experience a different lifestyle dimension with enough home comforts to feel comfortable, Agadir might be right up your street.

  1. Brill Budapest

Hungary’s capital Budapest is actually two cities divided by the river Danube and this cool, combined metropolis is one of Europe’s best places to have a good time.

Buda Castle sits perched on the hilly top of Buda Old Town, and if you trek up to this landmark, you’ll be rewarded with wonderful views of the city as well as beautiful architecture at your fingertips.

But for something a little less sedate, there’s Asian fusion cuisine at Buddha Bar Hotel, cheeky cocktails at Blue Fox The Bar and an amazing array of indigenous schnapps to sink at PalinkaShop.

Hungary has emerged from Fascism and Communism and Budapest is where the resulting sense of freedom is championed the most.

  1. Cool Corfu

Summers in Britain are beginning to feel like they’re getting hotter, but our weather is still frustratingly unpredictable.

So the best way to beat the Blighty weather blues is to holiday in a location like Corfu.

This sun-kissed Greek island is simply sublime — the sunshine’s perpetual and there are stunning sandy beaches that back onto rolling verdant hills.

According to Discover Greece, the inspirational island’s most Instagrammable spots are Apraos Beach, stunning mountain sunsets from Pelekas and the vibrant old town, where French, English and Venetian influences combine in a heady and unique ambience.

Getting there

You and your mates can bag a bargain on flights from Stansted to any one of these locations by checking with a comparison site like Skyscanner.net.

And if your group consists of far-flung classmates, the comfiest way to travel together might be by car, stopping to pick everyone up on the way — Looking4.com has Stansted airport parking deals aplenty if you choose this route.

That’s our list! Share your own Stansted student travel tips in the comments section.