Great money saving tips for UK students!
We’ve been there and know that money is a sensitive issue for all students. We have gathered some of the best money saving tips to make sure you enjoy your time as a student in the UK.
1. The first thing you need to get when you are in the UK is an 18+ Student Oyster Photocard. It gives you an amazing 30% off the price of adult-rate travel cards. For more details please check www.tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/students-and-children/18-student?intcmp=11059
2. If you are planning to go travelling around the UK, we recommend booking your travel tickets in advance as the last minute tickets will cost you a small fortune. To save even more ask your friends to join you and take advantage of a group-travel discount. After all what can be better than travelling together with your friends, right?
3. Groceries are one of the biggest expenses in everyone’s budget. When you are doing your grocery shopping, make sure that you go to the affordable supermarket chains, like Lidl, Tesco, Asda, or Iceland. You can find these stores all around the UK, and the prices for some food items can be significantly cheaper than in other places.
4. Another great tip to save some money — do your shopping in the evenings as many UK supermarkets reduce the price on bread and other food that is about to expire. Also keep an eye peeled for special offers like ‘3 for 2’, ‘buy one, get one half price’ etc.
5. If you are buying lunch on the go, make sure that you opt for a ‘take away’ option as it is always cheaper than ‘eat in’. You can then enjoy your lunch in a nearby park or a university cafeteria.
6. One of the best ways to save money on your shopping is to get NUS Extra card which gives you great discounts in many shops around the UK. By the way, NUS Extra card can give you discounts not only in shops! Get more information on www.nus.org.uk
7. If you see a charity shop, don’t pass by! Pop in and have a look as you can find great stuff (books, DVDs, cutlery, clothes etc.) in good condition for astonishingly cheap prices.
9. Loyalty cards are yet another great way to help out your tight budget. The majority of UK shops have loyalty cards that will allow you to accumulate points every time you shop and use these points on your next purchases.
10. Buying new text books for your course can be very expensive. We recommend you check to see if you can buy used ones for a (usually significantly) cheaper price on Amazon or other similar websites. Moreover, if you finished reading some of your books and now they are doomed to collect dust on the bookshelves of your already quite space-tight student accommodation – selling them can be a good idea. No clutter in the room, extra cash. Isn’t it a win-win?
11. Everybody knows that London has a lot to offer… for free! Apart from all the amazing museums that you can visit absolutely free of charge, there are also a lot of pop-up events where you can enjoy yourself for cheap or no price at all. Pop-up silent disco in Trafalgar Square, free gig in the Hyde Park or maybe a random exhibition of James Bond cars in Covent Garden – the choice is all yours! You can check out upcoming events on www.timeout.com/london. Enjoy!