How to save money at university

University is an expensive venture, from the tuition fees themselves to living costs and the repayment of maintenance loans… so here are a few tips on how to save money at university. Hope they help!

The Frugal Frenchie

Education tips

  • University books: the books they may quote as “indicative references” may not actually be essential. If they are, before forking out, why not check your library first, eBay or even if any university selling pages
  • Amazon Prime Student: not only can you get a 6-month trial, but you can also save 10% on thousands of textbooks!

Food tips

  • Meal plan: as you’re only feeding yourself, you can plan your meals in advance to avoid food waste and over-snacking. Another benefit is that you could buy certain ingredients that are cheap in bulk and use them for several meals. A great example would be potatoes as you can make mash or jacket potato etc.
  • Freeze leftovers: self-explanatory really, we’ve all made that mistake of making too much food for one meal. Why not freeze it and save it for another day?

How to save money at university

  • Buy in cheaper supermarkets: Aldi, Lidl and even Asda, are your friends! If you don’t have these shops available to you make sure you make the most of their loyalty cards (Nectar cards or Tesco Clubcard).
  • Shop at the end of the day to get yellow stickers! These are great if you’re a bit lazy as you’ll often get the sandwiches in the meal deal on discount so that’s your lunch for the next day.
  • If you can’t survive without your dose of coffee or tea in the morning, bring a flask to uni! As a nation, we spend millions on companies like Costa and Starbucks every day, when actually, all that could be avoided by bringing it from home.
  • If you’re sharing a flat, then why not ask if they want to share meals? It’ll cut down the cost and waste as well as becoming more fun and less of a chore!

How to save money at university

Lifestyle tips

  • Get an NUS card: if you do enjoy a good bit of retail therapy, make savings where you can! There are also other discount sites such as Unidays that you can look at
  • Cashback: Quidco and TopCashback are definitely two sites you should look into. You can get cashback on almost anything, including electricity providers and even airlines as well as supermarkets like Asda.
  • DON’T GET A STUDENT OVERDRAFT
  • Avoid expensive drinks: social life is a major part of a student’s life but that doesn’t mean you need to go all out and spend tonnes on alcohol. Find promotional evenings (for example we have “Toast Tuesday’s”  in Bournemouth with cheap drinks) or pre-drink first before you go out.
  • Check your subscriptions: are you still signed up to the gym in your hometown? Do you have a magazine subscription that you barely ever read? Why not cancel them? Every little bill like that really does add up
  • If you need any homeware bits and bobs, Primark and Poundland actually do very decent items as well as B&M or HomeBargains. Budget shops don’t always mean bad quality! You can judge for yourself when you get there 😉

Good luck with your course! What are you studying? Let me know in the comments!

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3 Replies to “How to save money at university”

  1. So many good tips! I’m going into my fourth (and last) year, and I am SO GLAD I didn’t get an overdraft. I feel, if I had one, I would have been far more frivolous with my cash. Knowing that I only have a certain amount of money to last until the end of the month, really helps me budget accordingly. 😊

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