No matter where you end up at university, I can guarantee that you will end up spending a lot of money in your first year. The combination of nights out, course books, Dominos orders and spontaneous ASOS purchases is bound to drain your new student bank account more than you would like. But never fear: there are so many ways to save money in freshers if you know where to look.
1. Get 1/3 off all rail fares with a 16-25 railcard
This one is a lifesaver for last-minute travel. Although you (hopefully) won’t be wanting to go back home quite yet, you will have loads more time to visit friends at other unis in first year than later on, so make the most of it. Visit your local railway station or apply online here, and be quick about it: there’s an extra 10% off the price at the moment!
2. Bag a free six months of Amazon Prime Student
If you’ve got last minute course books to buy in freshers, sign yourself up to a six month free trial of Amazon Student. You’ll get free next day deliveries, all Prime TV shows and movies (move over Netflix!), and some extra offers just for students. If you don’t want to be billed after the trial is over (£39 per year), make sure you cancel your membership in time.
3. Free three day gym pass
If you’re keen to battle the dreaded ‘freshers’ fifteen’ (yes, that is how much weight people claim they gained during their freshers year), why not visit your local Fitness First gym for a completely free three day trial? You’ll get an extra 10% off the monthly rate if you carry on, just arrange it with your local gym. Sign up for the free trial here – details of T&Cs are available via this link.
4. 35% off Dominos pizza via Student Beans
Of course, Dominos was going to make an appearance on this list. If you sign up to the online discount site Studentbeans.com, you can use their unique discount code to get a delicious 35% off orders when you spend £25 or more online.
5. 10% off shipping from Uni Baggage
Packing for uni is tricky, and it’s so easy to forget something. If you need anything shipping from home last minute, Uni Baggage could be your lifesaver. They are a top-rated student shipping service who help 30,000+ students with their luggage transportation worldwide. If you use the code STSUB10 at the checkout at Unibaggage.com, you’ll get 10% off your first order. This deal runs out soon (16th September), so you’ll need to be quick.
6. 20% off stationery and cards at WHSmiths
Who doesn’t love buying stationery? You can stock up on all your fancy highlighters and post-its for less if you have a valid NUS extra card. Speaking of which, it’s definitely worth looking into the NUS extra card, (this is separate from your university student ID) as it can give you up to 200 discounts, including 5% off at Amazon, 10% off at ASOS and 40% off at PizzaExpress. It costs £12 for one year. Further details are available here.
7. Ridiculously cheap food from ‘Approved Food’
If things are looking tight financially, ‘Approved Food’ might be your solution. You can get 8 bottles of Coke Zero for £2, and a bag of Cadbury Dairy Milk Marvellous Mix Ups for 1p. Why is it so cheap? This company sells food which is close to or past its ‘best before date’, but is still perfectly safe to eat. You can get most of the things you need from a standard supermarket, like fruit and vegetables, cupboard essentials and toilet roll, but no meat or dairy. Check them out here.
8. Cheap cinema tickets at ODEON
If you fancy having some time off from going out and studying during freshers, why not go to the cinema? In addition to the cheaper cinema tickets you can get with your uni student card, you can get a further 25% off student tickets at ODEON with an NUS Extra card between Monday-Thursday. You can also enjoy wearing the silly glasses, as this deal includes 3D films.
By Georgia Tindale