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Top And Best Cheap Fancy Dress Ideas For Students

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With re-freshers just around the corner, there is plenty to look forward too with your clubs and societies coming up with ideas for your new european and international recruits that may join in semester 2 at university. But lets separate real keeno’s against everyone else. If you follow our guide to the top fancy dress ideas below you’ll never disappoint.

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Below is a complete collection of the top cheap fancy dress ideas that will suit any student:


1. Thunderbirds

1. Thunderbirds

While it might be impossible to actually visit Tracy Island, you can get the next best thing which is dressing up as anyone from Jeff Tracy, to Brains, all the way through to Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward.

2. Tetris Block Party

2. Tetris Block Party

While it might not be the most fashionable costume that you could possibly wear, it is still a pretty good idea for your fancy dress party, you’ll fit right in (Get it?).

3. Teletubbies

3. Teletubbies

Can you name them all? Even if you can't it doesn't matter, Tinky-Winky, Dipsy, La La and Po are always a good options for those looking to invoke a bit of nostalgia.

4. Pub Golf

4. Pub Golf

Feel ling channeling your inner Tiger Woods? Well, now you have the chance, all pubs have been looking for the next Tiger Woods, so why not dress up like him and his contemporaries?

5. Pink Ladies

5. Pink Ladies

No, we’re not talking about the apples! Here’s a great fancy dress idea that has colour and sass to go with it!

6. Cowboys & Indians

6. Cowboys & Indians

Ever thought of combining the world of Clint Eastwood’s man with no name and Pocahontas? Well, here’s your chance, so jump in!

7. 118 - Got Your Number!

7. 118 - Got Your Number!

While the two men that annoyingly interrupt the usual Sunday showings of The Bourne trilogy, the costume itself is certainly a popular one and will give you a pretty good chat-up line, too!

8. Ghostbusters!

8. Ghostbusters!

Bill Murray and Darren Aronofsky may have made the world of Ghostbusters! well known in the world today, but what’s stopping you dressing up as Peter Venkman and using your mum’s hoover in no time!

9. Smurfs Up!

9. Smurfs Up!

Feeling blue? Well, don't make the same mistake as Tobias Fünke and join the Blue Man Group, dress up as a Smurf and enjoy the white bearded accompaniment to go along with the blue skin!

10. Toga! Toga! Toga!

10. Toga! Toga! Toga!

Classic fancy dress idea, remember the world of the ancient Greeks in a way that they would most likely cringe at today, just don't make the same mistake as Homer Simpson and get it caught on a loose nail!

11. Anything But Clothes Party (ABC Party)

11. Anything But Clothes Party (ABC Party)

Pretty standard attire, requires a little bit of creativity, but there's no reason why you can't pull off a decent little three-piece suit in anything that you can find!

12. Mime it up!

12. Mime it up!

Evoke the very best ideas to have come out of French street performing circles since Benjamin Clementine, you’ll no doubt have your university friends laughing, just make sure you stay quiet, to you’ll break the illusion!

13. Pimps and Hoes Fancy Dress

13. Pimps and Hoes Fancy Dress

While pretending to be a pimp on Grand Theft Auto may be pretty fun, it’s not as much as fun as dressing up as one and twirling a cane! Classic fancy dress attire.

14. Pyjama Party

14.  Pyjama Party

Again, your a-typical example of a cheap and easy idea for a fancy dress party at university. Every student will have a pair of pyjamas, so why not give them a wear out at a fancy dress party?

15. Nurses and Doctors Fancy Dress

15. Nurses and Doctors Fancy Dress

It might not be House or Casualty, but there’s certainly an air of creativity about the fancy dress idea of Nurses and Doctors that allows people to be a little more medical in their approach to fancy dress.

16. Army Men/Women Fancy Dress

16. Army Men/Women Fancy Dress

Assuming you don't mind looking like the Sarge from Toy Story, you will always have a good idea of an inventive fancy dress idea, so why not give this one a go?

17. Lumberjack Fancy Dress

17. Lumberjack Fancy Dress

Feel like channeling your inner-Paul Bunyan? Well, now you have the chance! All you need is a flannel top and a good fake beard to give the look a real authenticity, maybe leave the axe for the Jack Torrance fancy dress look?

18. Caveman / Zolo Warrior Fancy Dress

18. Caveman / Zolo Warrior Fancy Dress

Fancy looking like Fred Flintstone? Of course you do, who doesn't? Well, here’s a cheap idea that will keep your college years full of mirth and constant shouts of VELMAAAAA!!!

19. Geek / Nerd Fancy Dress

19. Geek / Nerd Fancy Dress

What is it about dressing up as the modern equivalent of Albert Einstein that has us all in stitches? Who knows, but you can certainly find a cheap fancy dress idea here! So get this suit and be there, or be E=MC2.

20. Shit Suit / Shit Shirt Dress

20. Shit Suit / Shit Shirt Dress

Ever wanted to be in a Zoot Suit like Super Hans in Peep Show? Well, now you get to go along in a suit that will get you a fair amount of looks from people! Note: These may not be impressed looks!

21. Superheroes and Superheroines

21. Superheroes and Superheroines

Feel like channeling your inner-Wonder Woman or Batman? Well, why not go full Only Fools and Horses and dress up as the crime fighting duo with your partner in crime, they may be a paradox, but it will certainly be a great fancy dress idea!

22. OAP Night Out

22. OAP Night Out

Fancy looking like Dear Old Doris who picks her shopping up from the corner shop? Well, here’s that very same idea. Pretty good idea for those looking to look as old as possible, don't forget the wrinkles!

23. Neon Fancy Dress

23. Neon Fancy Dress

Now you can stand out as much as possible. People won't struggle to see you, and if you’re ever crossing the road at any point, you'll be easy to spot, so it has a pretty good added benefit for you, as well!

24. Lifeguard / Beach Paty

24. Lifeguard / Beach Paty

Why not channel your inner desire to be David Hasselhoff or Pamela Anderson? Always a safe bet for a fancy dress party. Just don't try to save anyone if they fall in the swimming pool if you can't swim!

25. Cops and Robbers

25. Cops and Robbers

No, not The Hoosiers song, we’re talking about the law vs. crime. Maybe you can bring the ball and chain for the prisoners and the police caps for the lawmen!

26. Chimney Sweeps

26. Chimney Sweeps

Fancy looking for a Dick van Dyke look for your fancy dress party at university? Well, we’ve got just the thing for you! Why no dress as a chimney sweep, it also has the added benefit of looking like Oliver Twist as well.

27. Maids

27. Maids

Another classic. Certainly one of the favourites for people who are looking to have a bit of creativity for their university fancy dress party.

28. Traffic Cones

28. Traffic Cones

We don't recommend re-enacting the part of Toy Story 2 where they walk across the street and have a pillar roll towards them, but we do recommend the costume idea! Just make sure that you're not used as a way of cordoning off various parts of the party.

29. Where's Wally (Found Him!)

29. Where's Wally (Found Him!)

Found him yet? Well, if you have found him, why not steal his look with a stripey red jumper and jeans, while looking like a cross between a hipster Harry Potter and an indie singer will also be an unhappy by-product, here, university students will love it! Just make sure you stay in contact with your mates, otherwise they won’t find you!

30. Crayola / Crayon Night Out

30. Crayola / Crayon Night Out

Fancy looking like one of various implements that children use to colour in their colouring books? Well, this could be the best fancy dress idea that you could take on! Cheap to buy and also has a pretty practical application if you ever get a job in Staples!

31. Minions

31. Minions

While the Minions have certainly started to transcend the world of cuteness and into the world of ridiculed memes for parents using Facebook, it’s still a pretty easy and cheap fancy dress idea for you to have!

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