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20 Cool Hostels In Europe For Every Traveler Who’s On A Budget

20 Cool Hostels In Europe For Every Traveler Who’s On A Budget

Hostels are no longer lousy, cheap temporary stays you’d love to escape as fast as you could, but trendy and stylish hubs, competing with each other in terms of creativity and extra free perks. Here’s a list of 20 affordable and cool hostels around Europe you may want to stay in for months!

Lavender Circus Hostel, Budapest, Hungary

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    This is a Vintage, apartment styled hostel, situated in a 19th century mansion at the very heart of Budapest. With a warm and cozy atmosphere with a touch of former imperial bliss, Lavender circus is a perfect place for couples seeking romance and privacy, yet are not ready to splurge.

    • Prices: double rooms from 14€ per person/night
    • Location: City center, close to Kálvin tér metro station
    • Facilities: free Wi-fi, 24/7 reception, free towels, linen and hairdryers, common area, outdoor terrace, kitchen facilities with free tea and coffee, laundry service
    • Attractions: opposite to Hungarian National Museum; within walking distance to Budapest Castle Hill, the Parliament House, Gresham Palace and spectacular Andrássy Avenue. 

    Prison Hostel, Karosta, Latvia

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      There once was a notorious military prison that no one ever managed to escape. It used to be even more protected than the US Alcazar! The building is said to be haunted, so good luck wandering around this place at night! Are you ready to spend a night at an authentic prison bunk or an iron bed, and to try to enjoy a typical prison meal? P.S. Visitors are bound to sign a release form acknowledging that they will be treated as a prisoner and verbally abused. Ah, and yes, expect to get punished with physical exercises for inappropriate behavior.

      • Price: 15€ per person/night.
      • Location: Karosta (Naval Port) is 5 km (2.5miles) from historical centre of Liepāj, located in central district.
      • Facilities: authentic prison hospitality.
      • Attractions: free historic tour around the prison and the museum is included into your stay. Other attarctions: a nearby grand fortress and the Karosta canal – main parts of the military complex of Karosta; Maritime Cathedral of St. Nikolay; Officers’ Palace.

      The Babushka Grand Hostel in Odessa, Ukraine

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        This quirky styled hostel is welcoming you with a wholehearted warmth of your grandma (babushka). All the rooms are decorated in rustic vintage style with chandeliers, floral wallpapers, gold gilded ceilings, red patterned rugs styled after the palace of an 18th century Odessa aristocrat. There’s even a fireplace available in the common area!

        • Prices: 7€ per dorm; 11€ per private room.
        • Location: at the city center, close to all the main attractions in Odessa. 15 min away from Arcadia neighborhood with best beaches and clubs.
        • Facilities: Air-con (Ukrainian summer can be super hot!); 24 hour reception/No lock-outs; laundry service; fully equipped kitchen with free tea and coffee; box spring mattresses and board games.
        • Attractions: close to vibrant Deribasivska Street (main city street) and gorgeous Odessa Opera Theater.

        Franz Ferdinand Hostel in Sarajevo, Bosnia

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          This is the one and only boutique hostel in Bosnia, Franz Ferdinand was designed and launched by a bunch of young architects and artists, telling you the story of assassination of the Austro-Hungarian Archduke – a mysterious event that initiated the First World War! Modern, quirky designed rooms with large pictures will leave you impressed, along with how little the price will seem for such an impeccable stay!

          • Prices: start from 9.90€ per bed in dorm; 15.90€ per private double.
          • Location: city center, Jelića Street, one turn from the main pedestrian street Ferhadija.
          • Facilities: reception 24/7; free wi-fi and computer access; free breakfasts and unlimited coffee and tea supply; TV, games and cool music in common area.
          • Attractions: a few minutes away from the old part of the town, famous Baščaršija and the Sacred Heart Cathedral in the opposite direction.

          Kadir’s Tree House, Olympos, Turkey

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            Did you love playing in a tree house when you were a kid? Or did you grew up in the city, envious of those TV kids who had one? Enjoy your siesta up in the branches with a terrific view of the National Park of Olympos and gorgeous beach waiting for you down your rope ladder at Kadir’s Tree House!

            • Prices: 12€ for a bed in a 6 beds dorm; 22€ per double private.
            • Location: at the heart of marvelous Olympos village.
            • Facilities: Air con, Wi-fi, hot showers 24/7, credit cards accepted, washing machine and laundry service, car parking, safety boxes, cool bar and resto.
            • Attractions: Olympos national park with famous Mt Olympos at the background; turquoise water and splendid golden sand beaches.

            Generator Hostel, Barcelona, Spain

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              Vivid, stylish and affordable Generator is a perfect place to stay in such a vibrant city as Barcelona. It seems like the designers team have pulled all of the color from the streets right into the rooms inside! Add up bright colorful lanterns everywhere, floors forged with ornate Hungarian tiles and a huge terrace with best views of the city. Fiesta never ends at this place!

              • Prices: dorms from 11.40€ per night; privates from 21.60€
              • Location: in the heart of the stylish Gracia neighborhood, 5 min walk to two main metro stations, Diagonal and Verdaguer.
              • Facilities: free wi-fi; inspiring events held nearly every week; laundry; 24/7 reception.
              • Attractions: loads of incredible Gaudi Houses at the same district, close to stunning La Sagrada Familia church; Las Ramblas street; Pablo Picaso museum.

              St Briavels Hostel, Gloucestershire, England

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                Nope, staying in a real 800-years old castle won’t ruin your budget! In fact, it’s one of the most affordable lodings located at this beautiful English country side. As it usually does, the castle is thought to be haunted and you’d definitely hear the story about a baby crying out in the night for a few times. All rooms are full of character with original stone walls and furniture features from the Victorian period.

                • Prices: beds from €24; privates from 74€ per night.
                • Location: City Center of St Briavels, Lydney, Gloucestershire.
                • Facilities: credit cards accepted; huge park, bike rental, library, free board games, self-catering kitchen, restaurant and conference hall.
                • Attractions: Explore atmospheric Clearwell Cave nearby; get lost at the Puzzlewood forest with numerous trails and rock formations inspired by Tolkien; go ape at the rope park nearby or get to know the local history at Dean Heritage Centre.

                Praakli Farm, Saaremaa, Estonia

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                  This cute eco-farm, located at the charming Saaremaa countryside, is a perfect place to unite with Mother Nature and taste rustic, organic food grown by the owners. Animal lovers will be thrilled to know there are 180 sheep and lambs on the farm, plus: goats, rabbits, chickens and cats to play with!

                  • Prices: bed&breakfast for 16-21€
                  • Location: Parish of Kärla, Saaremaa.
                  • Facilities: Playground for children, swings, trampoline, sandbox, pentaque; bike rentals. volleyball; basketball; open fireplace in common area.
                  • Attractions: gorgeous Lake Karujärv within walking distance where you can camp, swim and fish; 12km to the Baltic Sea coast with a nice sandy beach; Mihkli Farm Museum – 10 km away; Kuressaare castle – 23 km away. Vilsandi National Park – perfect spot for bird-watchers – 15 km away, Kaali meteorite craters – 25 km away.

                  Oops Hostel, Paris, France

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                    Incredibly chic boutique hostel situated at the beginning of the Latin Quarter – one of the most gorgeous and less-touristy districts in Paris. Bright, spacious dorms for 4 people and super friendly stuff to show you around and spill a few secret places where Parisians usually hang out. Even though Paris is a pretty pricey city to visit, you can still have awesome times here on a limited budget!

                    • Prices: from 27€ per dorm; 70€ per private.
                    • Location: at the beginning of Latin Quarter, close to Line 6 and Line 7 metro stops.
                    • Facilities: 24/7 reception, free breakfast, free Wi-fi, Air con, free luggage room and lockers.
                    • Attractions: within the walking distance is the glorious Sorbonne University, The Pantheon and Jardin des Plantes; direct metro lines to the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe; Champs Elysées and the Eiffel Tower (of course); Marais and Montmartre neighborhoods.

                    Dream Hostel, Tampere, Finland

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                      As a perfect example of simple, yet sophisticated Scandi design, Dream Hostel has been named #1 Hostel in Finland in 2013! Modern funky decor, warm hospitality of the local stuff and highly-reasonable prices, along with cozy rooms and central location makes this place so attractive.

                      • Prices: from 19.80€ for a bed in 16 mix dorm; privates from 62€ per night.
                      • Location: situated in the university neighborhood area Tulli5 minutes away from Tampere train station.
                      • Facilities: free Wi-fi, bed linen, luggage storage, lockers, tea and coffee, laid back company and excellent atmosphere. You can also borrow a book to read or an umbrella for the rainy day.
                      • Attractions: close to Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower; Tampere Cathedral; Lenin and Spy Museum.

                      The Independente Hostel, Lisbon, Portugal

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                        Arguably, Lisbon’s is the best city in Europe for budget travelers and the Independente hostel is a perfect place where you can get luxury service for a frugal wallet. Situated in a former Swiss Ambassador’s residence, the place was set up by three brothers as meeting point where travelers as well as locals can mingle together. The Independente design is a mix of modern details with original architectural features and cool vintage items with 11 comfy dorm rooms, 4 private suites and a rooftop terrace with awesome views of the city!

                        • Prices: from 10.92€ for dorm and 85€ per suit.
                        • Location: Set on the border of the Principe Real and Bairro Alto districts and a few minutes away from Rossio train station.
                        • Facilities: 24-hour front desk, Luggage storage, free Wi-fi, sun terrace, fax and photocopying,
                        • Attractions: across the road is the São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint with marvelous views of Tagus river, the downtown Lisbon districts and the iconic St. George’s Castle. Close to Ascensor da Glória, one of this city’s oldest funicular route connecting hill-top Liberdade Avenue with historical Baixa district.

                        Plus Hostel, Florence, Italy

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                          Craving to have an awesome party at Florence? Check in at Plus Hostel with free outdoor pool, sauna and awesome terrace bar with epic fiestas till late. Now this may not be a particularly relaxing place, but definitely the one to meet new cool people from all over the world! The hostel offers stylish triple and doubles suites, along with 4,6,8 people mixed-dorms just 10 min away from Duomo Cathedral.

                          • Prices: from 24.96€ per dorm; 44.16€ per double room.
                          • Location: 10 minute stroll from the train station; close to the City Center.
                          • Facilities: free indoor and outdoor pool, sauna and Turkish bath (in winter), free wi-fi, Internet cafe, free linen, parking available, two bars and one restaurant.
                          • Attractions: a few blocks away from Duomo Cathedral, Piazzale Michelangelo, Uffizi Gallery and Piazza della Signoria.

                          Kex Hostel, Reykjavik, Iceland

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                            Once a Frón factory, producing Iceland’s favorite biscuits, the Mjólkurkex, today a nifty eco-hostel blending vintage industrial vibes with an eclectic, contemporary details. The furniture here is almost entirely recycled and second-handed, but you would have never guessed it if I haven’t spilled it to you. Hostel designer Halfdan Pedersen spent weeks at the auctions all around Europe and  even in the USA, bringing home authentic Amish church benches and Bauhaus lamps from Pittsburgh. Kex hostel quickly became a top meeting point both for locals and travelers, hanging out at the local resto or bar, serving craft beer. There’s also a barbershop for a quick trim, plus a gym called Box for sparring.

                            • Prices: from 20.54€ per dorm, €42.79 per double private.
                            • Location: in the center of Reykjavik, with a view across the sea to Mt. Esja across the bay.
                            • Facilities: 24 Hour reception and security; free Wi-fi, bike rentals and parking, free board games and book exchange, lockers and luggage storage, bar, gym and barbershop.
                            • Attractions: unusual Hallgrímskirkja church is a few blocks away. Get all the way up for amazing panoramic views of colorful Reykyavik down below; soak at funky Lagafellslaug in Mosfellsbaer pool and take a trip to Grotta Lighthouse.

                            Greg & Tom Beer House Hostel, Krakow, Poland

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                              Another excellent spot for party animals! The owners love to host themed parties at the attached pub – think all you-can-drink beer and vodka festivals, plus cheap pub crawls around peppy and sparkling Krakow. The local resto stays open till late for your well-after-midnight snack and quoting the staff: “Even the toilets are good enough to sleep in”.

                              • Prices: from 14.42€ per dorm.
                              • Location: 10 min from the Main Bus and the Train Station at Stare Misto district – the Oldest part of Krakow.
                              • Facilities: 24 hour reception, free Wi-fi, resto and bar, outdoor terrace, key card access, lockers, free printing and much more.
                              • Attractions: if you had your fair share of drinking adventures already, wander around the narrow lanes of the Old Historic City Center and take a walk to stunning Wawel Royal Castle and nearby cathedral.

                              The MadHouse Hostel, Prague, Czech Republic

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                                The sexiest and craziest hostel in Prague rated as “Best Hostel in the Czech Republic” and “6th Best Small Hostel Worldwide” by Hostelworld! As the owners proudly claim MadHouse is not just a place to sleep, but a home away from home, where you are treated as a family. All the rooms are covered with jazzy and bizarre graffiti made by artists from Montreal, Canada (Pito and Guko) and Dan from Melbourne, Australia.

                                • Prices: from €15.98 per dorm.
                                • Location: city Center, close to Národní třída Line B Metro station
                                • Facilities: free Wi-fi; huge common area and TV room; lockers, luggage storage, hot showers and free linen, self-service kitchen with free tea and coffee, cool events held on the weekends.
                                • Attractions: within the walking distance from Old Town Square and amazing Astronomical clock, close to Charles Bridge and Mala Strana historic district.

                                Soul Kitchen, St Petersburg, Russia

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                                  Selected as one of the top three hotels in Eastern Europe by Hostel Bookers, Soul Kitchen welcomes you with warm hugs even in chilly Russian winters. Located in 150-year old neo-baroc building, which is an attraction of it’s own as a few scenes from Bulgakov’s “The Master and Margarita” film were shot here. The owners managed to preserve original 19th century wood-fired oven, that is still in use today, along with original wooden and tile floors all over the property.

                                  • Prices: dorms from €10.34; privates from €15.75
                                  • Location: city center, in 2 min walk from Admiralteyskaya’ metro station.
                                  • Facilities: luggage room, free umbrellas for rent, kitchen facilities with free tea&coffee at any time, board games, music lounge, free wi-fi and guest computers.
                                  • Attractions: 2 min away from stunning St Isaac’s Cathedral and Kazan Cathedral in opposite directions. One block away from the Hermitage.

                                  Van Gogh Hostel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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                                  • Prices: dorms from €20; privates from €36.38
                                  • Location: at Museum Quarter, with three world famous museums at your doorstep and 10 minutes from the Centraal station by public transport.
                                  • Facilities: 24 hour reception, free wi-fi, free city walking tour, laundry service, late check-out, common area and kitchen facilities.
                                  • Attractions: within a short walk from the Leidse square, premier fashion street P.C.Hoofdstraat and fab Vondel Park.
                                  • Fair Hostel Belgrade, Serbia

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                                      This trendy, multifunctional space hostel with a great central location is a perfect place to stay for budget-savvy travelers on a mission to explore the best of Belgrade. An ample common area with bright bean bags and comfy sofas, along with nice modern dorms and lovely stuff are just a few reasons why you should consider staying at Fair Hostel.

                                      • Prices: dorms from 8€; privates 16€ per night for two.
                                      • Location: central, within 3 stops from Belgrade Bus and Train station or 20 min by foot.
                                      • Facilities: 24/reception, free linen, extra blankets and luggage storage, lockers, easy access by public transport.
                                      • Attractions:  located on the opposite from Belgrade Fair; Ada Ciganlija in just 5 minutes by public transport (Belgrade’s beach oasis), 10 minutes away from Knez Mihajlova (beautiful historic and shopping area), Skadarlija (the bohemian quarter and Kalemegdan (epic medieval fortress).

                                      The Red Boat Mälaren, Stockholm, Sweden

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                                        Red boat Mälaren is a lovely hostel aboard two charming boats, swaying at the waves of lake Mälaren at the very heart of Stockholm. The rooms may not be as spacious, yet they are cozy and well-organized with enough space for everyone. Now, would you like to fall asleep watching endless boats pass by your window?

                                        • Prices: €34.80 for 4-bed dorm; from €30.87 per privates.
                                        • Location: within a few minutes away from the Old City Center; 10 min by foot to the nearest metro station.
                                        • Facilities: 24/7 reception, credit cards accepted, free wi-fi, bike rentals and parking available.
                                        • Attractions: a few minutes away from trendy Södermalm neighborhood, within easy reach to The Royal Palace; The Vasa Museum and Gamla Stan (beautiful old city center).

                                        Sky Backpackers, Dublin, Ireland

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                                          Sky backpackers in a vibrant place where the world of music and travel collide. Located at the former recording studio, where The Cranberries, David Bowie, Def Leppard, Van Morrison and U2 once recorded their hits, the owners love to host plugged and unplugged gigs regularly in the common area. Stuff is fantastically friendly and will give you some awesome tips on how to spend time in Dublin on a shoestring budget.

                                          • Prices: from €26 for dorm and €42 for privates.
                                          • Location: Dublin city center, close to O’Connell Bridge.
                                          • Facilities: 24 hour reception, kitchen facilities, free Wi-Fi, board games and cable TV, adapters available, lockers and safe deposit boxes.
                                          • Attractions: a stone throw away from O’Connell Street, Temple Bar, Trinity College, Dublin Castle and the coolest Dublin pubs.

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                                          25 Killer Sites For Free Online Education

                                          25 Killer Sites For Free Online Education

                                          Whether you’re five or ninety five, the internet has a lot to offer. Particularly when the topic is education, the resources on the internet are endless.

                                          Best of all, many high quality sites are completely free. From history to coding, excellent free online education awaits on the following 25 sites.

                                          1. Coursera

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                                            Coursera is a website that partners with universities and organizations around the world. This brings a wide variety of topics and perspectives to one searchable database.

                                            Coursera is a powerful tool for free online education, and includes courses from many top universities, museums and trusts. This gives the site an extremely wide range of in-depth courses.

                                            Coursera is extremely useful if you’re looking to study many different topics, or want courses from different schools and groups.

                                            2. Khan Academy

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                                              Partnering with many post secondary schools, Khan Academy offers a useable, well organized interface. Also curating many courses from around the web, Khan Academy offers impressive depth on many different subjects.

                                              Among the more well known educational sites, Khan Academy is also incredibly useable, which may make it easier to keep learning goals.

                                              3. Open Culture Online Courses

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                                                If you are struggling to find exactly the material you are looking for, try Open Culture’s listing of free online education courses. The page highlights 1000 lectures, videos and podcasts from universities around the world. The site features a lot of material found only on universities private sites, all in easy to browse categories. This means you can find hundreds of university courses, without having to visit and search each university’s own site.

                                                Open Culture’s list features courses from England, Australia, Wales and many state universities around the United States. A very helpful resource for finding many courses in one area of study.

                                                4. Udemy 

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                                                  Udemy’s free courses are similar in concept to Coursera’s but additionally allows users to build custom courses from lessons.

                                                  Working with many top professors and schools, the site mixes the customizable platform of other sites with a heavy emphasis on top quality content. This is another site however, that mixes free and paid content.

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                                                  5. Academic Earth

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                                                    Another site with courses from many different schools is Academic Earth. Much like the three sites above, Academic Earth brings together top notch courses from many different sources, and focuses on offering a wide variety of subjects.

                                                    Academic Earth lists courses by subject and school, so it might be easier to find what you’re looking for.

                                                    6. edX

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                                                      Another great option for free online education is edX. Also bringing together courses from many different schools, the site has impressive, quality information for everyone. edX covers a great range of topics.

                                                      7. Alison

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                                                        Unlike the previous sites on this lists, Alison is a free education site offering certification in some areas. Alison offers courses mainly in business, technology, and health, but also includes language learning courses.

                                                        It’s a great option if users need certification for their learning as Alison also offers school curriculum courses.

                                                        8. iTunesU Free Courses

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                                                          A very convenient place for free online education is iTunesU, because it integrates seamlessly with your iPod, or any app-ready Apple mobile device. On iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, users download the iTunesU app.

                                                          Desktop users can access  iTunesU on the upper right hand corner of the iTunes Store. iTunesU is also convenient because the store is categorized much like iTunes.

                                                          Users can search learning materials in many different ways, including genre and topic. However, courses are often a mix of free podcasts or videos, and paid content.

                                                          ITunesU does include courses on a pretty wide scope of topics, but does not integrate with Android, Google or Windows mobile devices.

                                                          9. Stanford Online

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                                                            Your hub for all the online offerings from Stanford University, Stanford Online offers self-paced and session based courses. While Coursera features some courses from Stanford, many classes are only available via other hosts. Some courses require iTunes, but most are completed in your web browser.

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                                                            Stanford Online is a great site for high quality courses, though the topics are somewhat limited compared to sites partnered with more than one school.

                                                            10. Harvard Extension

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                                                              Like Stanford Online, Harvard Extension features free online education courses from Harvard only. This is another excellent source for top notch course material, though the course variety is less rich than multi-school sites.

                                                              Additionally, Harvard Extension allows you to search for courses by professional certificate. This makes it much easier if your online education goal includes certification.

                                                              11. Open Yale Courses

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                                                                Open Yale Courses echoes Harvard Extension and Stanford Online, in that it offers only courses from Yale. While the site is similarly limited to topics taught at the school, Open Yale Courses offers a lot of videos of actual campus lectures. The availability of videos makes the site a great option if you’re looking for quality courses, but learn better by watching than by reading.

                                                                12. UC Berkeley Class Central

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                                                                  Much like the other schools on this list, UC Berkeley has a variety of free online education options. The school has slightly fewer courses than the schools above, but includes some supplementary lectures, webcasts and RSS Feeds, making it easy to keep up with the topics you choose.

                                                                  13. MIT OpenCourseWare

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                                                                    Similarly, MIT offers a variety of free courses. The school has a comparable number of courses to the schools above, plus includes very in-depth course materials on the subjects available. MIT also offers free RSS feeds, a convenient way to continue learning.

                                                                    14. Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative

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                                                                      Carnegie Mellon’s free online education site is comparable with the other school’s on this list, however, Open Learning Initiative also covers a smaller range of topics. But for the topics that are covered impressive, in-depth material is available.

                                                                      15. Codecademy

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                                                                        Codecademy is a website dedicated specifically to teaching coding. Where other coding sites follow an example/practice session workflow, Codecademy includes a live practice window. This means you can practice coding while still viewing the lesson material.

                                                                        The courses at Codecademy are well written and easy to follow and the website is organized very nicely. Codecademy features a centralized dashboard where you can monitor your progress, plus organizes lessons into complete modules. This lets you learn an entire language without needing to pick the next course manually.

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                                                                        16. Code

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                                                                          Code is another website focused on coding and app writing. A site with high quality courses, Code also features learning options for kids.

                                                                          In addition to kid friendly courses, Code offers free online education classes on a wide variety of technology topics. These classes include app writing, robotics and Javascript.

                                                                          Most of the courses are also geared in a such a way that they can be useful in a classroom setting. This makes Code a great resource for harder to find coding topics, as well as various learning settings.

                                                                          17. University of London Podcasts

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                                                                            The podcast page on the University of London website is another great source for free education. While the courses are limited to podcasts, the site features podcasts from it’s own campus, as well as eleven universities in and around London. This gives learners a wide base of topics and lectures, but still ensures in-depth material.

                                                                            18. University of Oxford Podcasts

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                                                                              Similar to the University of London, the University of Oxford features many different podcasts. Most are public lecture series or lectures from visiting professors, with several different recordings available.

                                                                              The advantage to this particular site is that podcasts are organized into series, making it easy to subscribe to multiple lectures on one topic. Another good site for thoroughly in-depth lectures.

                                                                              19. BBC Podcasts

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                                                                                For the more casual learner, the BBC offers a wide variety of podcasts on many different topics. Most podcasts are updated weekly, and focus on everything from finance, to sports, to current events.

                                                                                Through the World Service line of podcasts, there are also many in different languages. The focus of these podcasts are less in-depth and theory based, which may be more accessible to the average person.

                                                                                20. TED-Ed

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                                                                                  Another great destination for more general learning is TED-Ed. From the same people that brought you the all encompassing, motivational web series, comes a site chocked full of educational videos. Most include impressive animation, and all are ten minutes long or less.

                                                                                  Not only is TED-Ed an excellent site for the curious, it also includes supplemental materials and quizzes on the videos. This makes the site extremely useful in formal education settings, as well as in entertaining ways to brush up on new discoveries and topics.

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                                                                                  21. LessonPaths

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                                                                                    LessonPaths is another great tool for those looking for a more usable and convenient way to access learning material. On this site, users create link playlists of their favorite learning materials from other sites. Users then rank these collections, making it easy to find many different high quality, accessible sources on a given topic.

                                                                                    22. Memrise

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                                                                                      Another impressive free online education site offering ease of use and convenience is Memrise. Available both on desktop and as an app, Memrise is a particularly powerful tool if you are studying a language. The site encompasses many other topics as well, though some of the course material is user generated content.

                                                                                      Part of what makes Memrise special is their integration of games into the learning materials, mixing learning with entertainment.

                                                                                      23. National Geographic Kids

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                                                                                        The kids site for National Geographic is another site that makes free online education applicable for younger users. For those looking for kid friendly education, a large variety of games, puzzles, videos and photos keeps kids interested on this site.

                                                                                        National Geographic Kids doesn’t organize learning into courses, making materials available by topic and medium instead. This makes National Geographic Kids a good option for those looking for a more casual learning environment.

                                                                                        24. Fun Brain

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                                                                                          Fun Brain is another good option for kids who want to learn online, but focuses on games and fun puzzles. Particularly focused on math and reading, Fun Brain’s game based approach can be valuable if the child in question struggles to pay attention.

                                                                                          Fun Brain offers rewards and challenges as well, and is another site aimed at a casual learning experience for kids K-8.

                                                                                          25. Whyville

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                                                                                            Similar to the sites for kids free online education is Whyville a destination for preteen online learning. The site includes a variety of social features, with a focus on learning materials geared for young teens.

                                                                                            Whyville also mixes in educational games, to make the site a well rounded option for kids too old for simple games, but too young for heavy reading based material.

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