We recently debunked some common myths about student life in The UK, and one of those was just how expensive it can be. Although it’s true that living as a student can end up being costly at times, if you’re not careful; there are plenty of ways you can cut costs, avoid non essential spending and take your money a lot further.
Stationary is of course an essential part of student life in the UK or anywhere else for that matter, but there are still ways to save money on the essentials. You could always go digital and take notes on your laptop (if you have one), during your classes, lectures or seminars. This way you’ll be able to keep all your notes and files in one place, and you’ll also be helping out the environment by cutting down on paper usage.
Alternatively, you can take advantage of the freshers’ fair at the start of the student year, which will be chock full of brands and clubs giving away free stationary, such as pens, pencils and notebooks.
Buying food will always be one of your biggest costs as a student, so it’s important that you find ways to reduce your food bill. One of the best things you can do is to steer clear of well-known more expensive brands, instead opt for cheaper value products in the supermarket. Try going for a shop in the evening to spot any discounted items, which are close to their sell-by dates.
As well as shopping for discounted products, why not get in the kitchen and do some cooking yourself? If you cook and plan out your meals in advance then you’ll soon find this to be a lot more cost effective. With planned out meals, you’ll be avoiding those endless expensive takeaways, while you perfect your culinary skills.
One of the best ways to travel when you’re a student, is by train. Since most places you want to visit aren’t particularly far away from the city you’re studying in. You won’t tend to need a car as a student, which itself will save you a lot of money.
There are railcard options for students traveling regularly on the train, which offer the chance to buy tickets as a discounted price. When combined with purchasing cheaper tickets in advance, you will soon find that a railcard pays for itself. Also, there will be plenty of student discounts offered on local buses, from weekly to monthly passes.
Night’s out are a staple of student life, and while you study English you’re going to want to go out with your new friends during your downtime. If you plan on hitting a few clubs and student bars, then keep in mind that most offer a guest list or free entry to anyone arriving before a certain time (usually before 11pm). If you try to gain entry any later than this then you could end up paying a small charge just to get inside each club.
Making sure that you keep track of your spending in general is hugely beneficial when it comes to cutting costs as a student. It might sound boring, but by tracking your spending and budget, you’ll make sure that you never overspend.
Draw up a spreadsheet for yourself that shows all of your income, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries etc; then note down all your regular outgoings. Doing this will let you see exactly how much you can spend each month, and make sticking to your limits a lot easier. Knowing that you have a plan in place when it comes to your finances will give you the peace of mind to get on and enjoy your student life in the UK.
At NCG, we want you to make the most of your student life in the UK, which is why when you enrol on an English language course with us; you’ll be able to study at your own pace, with like minded students.
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