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.
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.
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.
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!
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!