If you are new to the whole university thing, then there are plenty of life hacks that you need to know in order to make sure that you can grab all the best bargains and not be spending more than you actually need to.
Here are some brilliant student money saving companies that are there to help you; making life’s little luxuries much more affordable.
Student Beans holds an extensive array of offers and discount codes which can be activated before being used in store. They also have an app meaning that you can search quickly for an offer whilst you are in store.
These blue cards only cost around £12 and are undoubtedly worth the cash. You can gain discounts at a variety of stores ranging from clothing, makeup and food.
Your NUS card will get you up to 10% at these stores: ASOS, Boohoo, Burton, French Connection, New Look, Office, Schuh, Topman/Topshop, Urban Outfitters.
For those pre drink parties, you can also get 50% off your Spotify premium account with NUS.
The Co Op offer you 10% off your student shop, although lets be real students mainly shop at Aldi.
This one is handy if you are trying to impress! Flashing your NUS card at Ask Italian will get you 40% off your final bill!
These are absolutely necessary for travelling home to see loved ones, as a 16-25 railcard can slash the price of normal train tickets massively. A good tip is to make sure that you book early and always online. That way, with the 16-25 saving and an early booking applied, the price is the lowest you can get. Railcards cost around £30, yet for the amount of money saved, they are definitely worth it, especially if you are a serial train rider.
This is the unspoken, secret perk of being a student. Flash your student card at any McDonald’s restaurant and you can get a free cheese burger or McFlurry with your meal. Don’t be like me- who always forgets to do this and looks across in envy at the person who did- have it in your hand when you order and flash it!
UniDays are a brilliant site that offer you a wide range of discounts than you can specially search for before grabbing the code online. They also have a page specifically tailored to freshers- meaning that you can search for the best deals quickly, as they are only available for the week!
Save the Student
Save the Student is a Q&A site tailored to exploring all the questions that students may have, from paying bills through to making and saving money. They also offer a deals site, you can register for anything from a free meal at Greggs through to massive discounts at Boots. They also have a ‘massive list of free stuff’ if you want to check that out.
Sign up to store newsletters
Although it may seem frustrating at the time to stand at the till in a shop reciting your oldest MSN junk email address- as shoppers wait behind you annoyed, signing up to store newsletters or becoming a member for free can carry perks. For example, for all your university stationary needs, Paper chase free membership means that you get £5 on your birthday, a free coffee every month and 25% off your next purchase.
Remember- you are a student!
Remember to always look for the student option when booking anything from cinema tickets through to the theatre!
Student tickets at Odeon cinemas for example are only a fiver!
Search for a student bank account
It may be worth switching to an account tailored to you as student, meaning that you get wider overdraft options, as well as a lot more freebies when you join. Santander offer a free railcard, NatWest give you a third off National Express coach travel whilst HSBC give you a £60 Amazon voucher!
Take advantage of free trials!
Amazon Prime offer a student six month free trial, meaning that you get access to their entertainment service as well as next day free delivery. You just need your email and student ID to get six months of free viewing. (Just remember to cancel it before it’s over).