Want to save money
at University?

Written by Callum Eaton

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Everyone thinks that being a student means no money. Right? Well this page is full of advice on how to make the most of your money whilst at Uni. It is based entirely on our own experience of being students on a budget. Don’t worry though, it doesn't mean you'll have years of living on baked beans!

Student bank account

Student bank account

Choose your student account carefully. Don’t just pick the one with the most freebies! Read the small print to understand which offers the best deal in the long run.

Discount cards

Discount cards

Invest in an NUS card. It’s only £12 for the year and will bag you great discounts at tons of places and top brands. Also register with Studentbeans and UniDays online or via the app too.

Shop wisely

Shop wisely

Supermarkets’ own brands taste more or less the same but are a lot cheaper than the big brands. Check out shops like Aldi, Lidl and bargain stores such as Poundland.

Go online

Go online

Get exclusive deals and offers using cash back sites or make money by selling unwanted items on sites like eBay.

Get a part-time job

Get a part-time job

The University has a great JobShop advertising local part-time and holiday jobs and they can help you to apply for them.

Take a packed lunch

Take a packed lunch

Eating out every day can add up quickly, so use the ingredients you have at home and bring your lunch to Uni instead.

Travel

Travel

If you take the train a lot, get a 16-25 Railcard which can save you a third off rail fares. You can also save money by buying a student bus pass.

Budget

Budget

Make lists of how much you spend and what you need to buy. Keeping track can help you see how much you really spend and where so you can adjust your spending habits.

Top 5

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Type in any item on Google and this handy app will let you know where to get it the cheapest.
 

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POCKET BUDGET

This app lets you type in everything you spend so you can see where those missing £1’s go.
 

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MY SUPER LIST

Put your grocery shopping list into this app and it will tell you the cheapest place to buy your food and which supermarkets have the best offers on.

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ON TREES

This app works alongside your bank account to keep a track of what you’re spending. Create a budget and the app will tell you if you’re sticking to it or not.

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FOODMATIC

Foodmatic helps make the best out of what you’ve got in your cupboard – enter your ingredients and the app gives you the best meal that you can make with the items.

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Find out more about finance and budgeting whilst at Uni, read our student blogs