Obviously, a major part of university is your reading list. The books themselves can seem daunting enough even before you add up the prices of each one.
I recently went to buy three quarters of my autumn reading list for English literature and these books alone came to nearly £100. However, through being a ‘smart shopper’ I managed to get this price down to £50. You can do this through deals such as three for two or buy one get one half price.
Family and friends can also help with this. For each birthday and Christmas either ask people for the books that are on your reading list or ask them for vouchers for book stores or for National Book Tokens. These vouchers can really help you save money in the long run, which takes the pressure off of you to buy some of the books before your student finance comes through.
If you are travelling into university each day rather than living in university halls, then investigating into buying a transport card, such as a rail card or a bus ticket could save you quite a bit of money. They may seem like a lot of money when you get the three month card, however, with the amount of times you will be travelling back and forth these cards will save you quite a bit.
These cards will also make your life more convenient because you won’t have to put aside a sizable amount of money for travel each day and you simply will have less stress and worry hanging over your head.
Food and drink can also be a massive drain on your spending. In order to save money on food I would highly recommend taking a packed lunch in your bag. However if you do not have the time to make a packed lunch it would be a good idea for you to learn the places that sell food either in or around your university building.
It would also be helpful for you to know the rough prices of the food that they sell, so that you can be prepared to have your lunch should you have to rush out before you get the chance to make one.
A handy little trick that can save you money when it comes to food and drink can be found in the staple of any high school student’s back pack. A simple water bottle can actually help you save a lot of money. In cafés and most newsagents you will find that bottles of water are priced at about one pound or more, and while this may not seem like much at the time, a couple of pounds can add up
In reality, bottled water can cost more than you think, especially if you buy one once maybe twice a day. However, if you have a water bottle which you can fill up from home each morning you will have already saved yourself some money during the day and they are relatively easy to fill up.
So there you have it, some of my easy ways to save money while you are a student at university. I hope that you find these tips helpful and enjoy University life.