You may think that lump sum loan that has hit your bank will tide you over for months to come. Once your accommodation costs come out you actually won’t be left with a whole lot.
It’s easy to blow a pretty penny during freshers week alone and that’s before you’ve even had to really think about living costs. Here is our money saving tips to keep you going until student loan day…
Know your discounts! You can get student discount with your NUS card almost anywhere now. Even better though, if you pay a small fee you can save even more by getting an NUS card extra. It costs around £12 a year but that is nothing in comparison to the savings you can make. You can even get 40%, yes 40% off a pizza express and a FREE Amazon Prime subscription.
Do you shop online? Ear cashback by simply shopping through sites like Quidco and Topcashback
If you join both then you are pretty much covered for every major retailer.
Don’t forget to shop directly through these cashback sites every time you shop online and you will soon see the pennies adding up.
If you travel by bus every day it is worth weighing up the pros of a student bus pass. It can usually work out cheaper. Alternatively, you could walk and save much more.
You legally have to have a TV license if you watch live Television, iPlayer or 4od. If you only watch Netflix in bed on your laptop though, cancel the TV license and save yourself the £147 yearly fee.
If you do need a license but are going home for the summer, you could save yourself around £49 by claiming a refund. You can apply for that here.
Most universities have on-site gyms you can use for a fraction of the cost of those fancy fitness chains. They will also usually have a ‘pay as you gym’ offer and won’t tie you into unnecessary and expensive contracts.
We’ve got a whole article on saving money on your food shop here. Also, you can try out the Approved Food website, they sell stuff close to or past its ‘sell by’ date that is of course still safe to eat.
Save extra money by taking lunch to uni with you. Cook extra the night before or whip up a quick sandwich in the morning. If you are buying lunch 5 days a week for a fiver a pop you could be down £100 a month just from buying lunches.
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Searched for loads of student accommodation before I found this gem amongst the rest. Really nice sizeable apartments in a great student busy location. Would highly recommend Mezzino.
Living at The Junxion has been a very homely experience for me, as from moving in on my first year of university I was a little nervous about living on my own so far away from my home in Liverpool; but that all change once I moved into my new room, as the buildings interior design gives off such a relaxing vibe that will allow you to study in peace. Although the staff in the building where so very comforting to speak to and will offer guidance on pretty much anything, as they are always there to help. Other than that I would highly recommend The Junxion to anyone as I am currently a second year living with my friend at The Junxion and I couldn’t feel more at home.
For a very spacious space with great amenities, the price is very mucb affordable. Good views and great support staff to help out at anytime of the day.
Highly recommend Mezzino Student living, it’s furnished to a high standard and is in the heart of the student area. Has very helpful staff and it’s well run in the office.
Millstone is a brilliant place to live, Ive just book for my 3rd year. The staff are kind and caring. I have love living at Millstone as it has given me independence and a bigger family.
I moved to Mayfair Court 3 years ago and we love it here. My apartment is spacious and enlightened by large windows facing Wilmslow road. Commons, including a flourishing inner garden are well kept. Staff are friendly and always there to help, and the community is diverse. Location is very convenient. There’s a bus stop at the foot of the building, a supermarket across the street, Bodey Medical Centre behind the supermarket, and plenty of restaurants and pubs around. I'm happy to call this place our home while in Manchester.