As you probably know, I went back to university in September. After five years away from studying, I found it to be a bit of a shock to the system. Not just the learning aspect, but getting used to living with strangers, paying an extortionate amount of rent (Winchester is so expensive!) and feeling so lonely. I know a lot of people will be starting university themselves in September, so here’s some tips I’ve got for when you’re struggling.

Student Discount
Always utilise your student discount. Make sure you check before you pay for something if the place you’re in offers a discount for students. You can get it on anything from clothes, to takeaways to stationery, to books. If they don’t offer a student discount, check online for coupons or promotions like a Forever 21 coupon code.

Freebies
As a student with a limited amount of money, I’m always on the lookout for freebies! I like to keep an eye out for websites that offer free stuff because every little helps when you’re skint! I also like to enter a lot of competitions when I have a bit of down time. It’s really fun to enter competitions and even better when you win! There was a point a few years ago, where I was winning a couple of competitions each week and I really want to get back into it.

Earning money
If your course is a bit full on and you’re not able to get a part time job, you might want to look into other ways of making money. Personally, I find survey sites are great and I’ve been a member of YouGov for years. I’ve made over £500 from them so far and it doesn’t take long to reach the £50 pay out.
Quidco is also a great way to make money as you get cash back on your purchases. Again, I’ve been using this site for years and have made over £400 from it. I don’t buy anything online without going through Quidco first!

Yellow stickers
If you live in an expensive city like I do, you will want to save money whenever you can. On our tiny high street we have a Tesco Express, M&S and Sainsburys. A couple of times a week, I’ll go into town after 5pm and check the supermarkets for reductions. It can be quite fun hunting out the yellow stickers and the food is always fine! My friend and I also like to pop into Superdrug and Boots and check out their clearance sections. I recently bought my exact hair dye for 45p a box!

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9 Comments

  1. March 27, 2018 / 4:39 pm

    My son starts university in September so will be bookmarkingthese tips – top cash back is a good earner too

  2. March 27, 2018 / 6:27 pm

    As a student I was always on the hunt for money off and vouchers. Not sure why I stopped now i’m not a student haha

  3. March 28, 2018 / 4:00 pm

    No matter how old I get, I always miss my student discount.

  4. March 28, 2018 / 7:42 pm

    I miss the days of a student discount! These are some great tips for anyone really, not just students x

  5. March 28, 2018 / 7:56 pm

    I made the most of my student discount when I was a student. I would recommend spending an extra £10 and get the NUS extra card for even more discounts.

  6. March 28, 2018 / 9:05 pm

    I love it when you manage to get a bargain – Lidl’s near us tends to mark down food first thing in the morning and I managed to get some bedding sets from B&M this morning for £1 which I was really pleased about!

  7. Helen Clark
    March 29, 2018 / 9:06 pm

    Even though I’m not a student I still love finding bargains and freebies. I havent tried the survey sites so will have a look in to those.

  8. March 31, 2018 / 3:06 pm

    oh i love yellow stickers! I tend to do a little glance as i go past as i hate stopping to browse if theres lots there, im not good with my elbows! lol

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