Money-saving tips for university

  • You could buy your textbooks and equipment second-hand. Some universities even have events or forums for this. Alternatively, you could borrow textbooks from the university library instead of buying them.
  • Look to see if student travel cards are available. Also, booking travel in advance can often be cheaper.
  • Cooking for yourself is usually cheaper than eating out or buying takeaways. In addition, buying in bulk with your housemates can also help you to save.
  • Take advantage of student discounts in shops.
  • Some universities help students get part-time work.
  • Check to see whether your bank can offer you an interest-free overdraft. This can be helpful in case of emergency.
  • Cut down on energy usage – just use common sense – instead of turning the heating up, put on another jumper! Don’t leave electrics on standby and buy energy-efficient appliances where possible.
  • Try selling items you no longer need.
  • With anything you need to buy, don’t go for the first thing you see, shop around for the best deal.
  • Be wary of credit or store cards – these can sometimes charge high rates of interest and so you’ll end up paying more than what the item actually cost.

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