It’s been a busy few weeks for students; moving away from home, settling into your new accommodation, starting university and partying like a fresher. And while it’s an exciting time of your life, it can be expensive too and a large part of your student loan may have been spent already. So, now is a probably good time to budget and keep an eye on what you spend. Fortunately, as a student, there are a number of ways you can save money. Here are just some of them…

Student discount card
One of the best things about being a student is the discounts and freebies that come along with it. Whether you’re shopping for jeans or stationary, eating out or heading to the cinema, simply flash your uni student ID card and you can make big savings. For even bigger savings on a wider choice of brands and outlets, purchase an NUS Extra Card for just £12 a year!

Second hand books
As you start attending lectures, you’ve probably been given reading lists for your different modules. But with multiple modules and a number of recommended text books, the cost to buy brand new books soon adds up. So why not shop around and buy second hand? Browse sites such as eBay, Gumtree or Amazon for people who might be selling old books, and check your university notice boards for any one selling books or if the uni is holding a second-hand book sale. Even though the books might be a few years old, it’s likely the content won’t have changed much and it will save you pounds!

Travel card
Whether you’re travelling around the country visiting friends and family, or simply jumping on the train to check out the local hotspots and tourist attractions, you can save up to 1/3 off your rail fares throughout the year by purchasing a 16-25 railcard. The card will cost you just £30 for a whole year and you can save on a variety of train ticket types, and you’ll also enjoy exclusive discounts and offers with other partner companies.

Student nights
If you fancy a night out with your friends but don’t want to spend a fortune, then head out on a student night. Many pubs, bars and clubs in the city hold dedicated student nights throughout the weekdays with special offers such as free entry, 50% off drinks, £1 drink offers and 2 for 1 deals. It’ll be much cheaper than going out on a weekend when everyone else is out and clubs, bars and pubs are charging full price.

Be a savvy shopper
As much as we’d all love to eat out every night or have takeaways delivered to our doors regularly, it isn’t usually the cheapest (or the healthiest) option. Instead, cooking at home is a much more cost effective alternative. Bulk buying ingredients from the supermarket will cost less and go much further. For example, the ingredients for a spaghetti bolognaise will cost you less than a fiver and serve four – compared to costing £10 in a restaurant, for just one person.