Many students can find it difficult to financially survive even with a student loan. Fortunately, there are many cost-cutting tricks that can help you to make the most of uni life. Here are just 7 ways in which you can spend less as a student.
Most courses will require you to buy some form of literature whether it’s a textbook or a novel to study. You can often save money on these by downloading them as e-books rather than buying physical copies. This may require investing in an e-reader first, although you can still read them on a tablet or a laptop.
Shop around online for supplies
You can buy many supplies such as HP printer ink and cartridges online for much cheaper than you would in the stores. Even with the cost of delivery, many of these supplies are cheaper. Don’t forget to also try second-hand sites such as Gumtree for cheap supplies such as used books.
Rent a laptop
If you don’t own a laptop and don’t have enough to buy one, you could always rent one. Many universities now offer laptop rental services for students in which you pay a small amount each month. You often don’t have to rent the laptop for a fixed term – if you only need a PC for a couple months whilst writing your dissertation, this could be a good shout.
Cook your own meals
It’s all too easy to overspend on takeaways and pub meals. Get into a habit of cooking your own meals. When shopping at the supermarket, buy food supplies in bulk and give own brand food items a chance. Try to eat healthily and not stick to £1 pizzas and noodles – vegetables are often very cheap compared to meets.
Uni life can often involve a fair amount of boozing. Rather than spending huge amounts on drinks at your local bar or club, take advantage of comparatively cheap supermarket drink prices and dedicate some time to pre-drinking. You’ll end up spending a lot less when you go out and a lot less overall.
Share stuff with fellow students
You can save a lot of money by sharing things with fellow students. This could include cooking each other meals, sharing Netflix accounts and even sharing textbooks. By sharing the cost of these items, you could each save money.
Take advantage of student discounts
There are many places where you can take advantage of student discounts – many of which people aren’t aware of. With an NUS card, you can get discounts on shopping at Co-op, discounts on clothes at ASOS, A 12% discount on a 16 – 25 railcard and a 49% discount at Alton Towers. You can find out more about these discounts at the NUS site. Be wary that there may be local bars, restaurants and shops also offering student discounts.