Top tips for student budgeting…

…by James Wass / from England / studying Theology / 4th Year

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Many students need to keep a close eye on their budget when they attend university. Here are some of my top ways you can save some of your valuable cash:

  1. 16-25 Student Railcard

This is a must-have for students who going to be using the trains in the UK, such as for travelling home. The Railcard costs £30 but it’s worth working out how much you would save on your journeys to and from university to see if it’s good value for money. With the Railcard, you will be able to get 1/3 off your train tickets. Some banks also offer this Railcard when you open a student bank account with them, so it’s also worth considering this option as this four-year Railcard is worth £120. If you are a mature student, you are still able to make the most of this deal, by filling in a mature student form. Students can apply for the Railcard online (if you have a UK address), or by visiting a rail ticket office.

  1. 2-For-1 Films and Food

This is a deal that has just got even better! When you buy insurance through comparethemarket.com you can get 2-for-1 cinema tickets (on Tuesdays or Wednesdays) and meals at certain cinemas and restaurants (Sunday-Thursday). You can easily, and cheaply, access this deal by purchasing a low-priced qualifying product online. Pay less than £5 for one-day travel insurance in the UK and you’ll get this discount for the whole year! At the time of writing, there are over 10 participating restaurants in Edinburgh.

  1. Student discount apps

There are many apps that give you details of student discounts online and in high street stores as well as deals on food and travel. UNiDAYS and Student Beans are both must-have apps for any student wanting to grab a deal.


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