As a student, money can often be an issue as everything has to fit in the budget (make sure you have a certain budget each month!). Although this can be difficult, there are lots of student deals out there as well as other tips and tricks on how to save!
- NUS Extra Card
I have got so much use out of this for the past two years so to me this is just an essential thing to have as a student! NUS discounts include 10% off at Superdrug, up to 40% off at ASK Italian, 25% off at Domino’s, 10% off at Accessorize, 25% off at Odeon and so much more!
This is great if you don’t want to spend on an NUS card! It’s completely free to register online and it offers amazing discounts as well! Such as: 20% off at New Look, 20% off at Missguided, 10% off at ASOS and much more! Definitely something worth checking out as a student!
- Independent Birmingham
This is amazing for the people out there who are interested in trying out new food places! Since UCB is in the heart of Birmingham, this would be super useful! It supports the best independent pubs, cafes, bars, restaurants and shops in Birmingham!
If you don’t live in Birmingham and you take the train to get to UCB, this is just essential! Or if you just like to travel by train around England, this will definitely be useful! As an international student, I take the train to airports so every time I have to catch a plane, this card is a saviour! You can save 1/3 on your journeys! YAY!
- Loyalty Cards!
This one applies to everyone but every penny counts as a student! Superdrug beauty card collects points after every purchase. After a certain amount of points you start collecting money to be used in the store (also free delivery). Tesco sends vouchers (such as £5 off!) after you’ve shopped there for a while. The loyalty cards usually offer discounts in the store so every time you go to a store – ask for a student discount and a loyalty card because most shops have it! Trust me, it will help you save loads!
- Cheaper Starbucks!
This applies to UCB students only but I think it is definitely something worth mentioning. In one of the UCB buildings called McIntyre House, we have our own Starbucks! Yes, Starbucks actually inside of the university! And what makes it even better is that it is cheaper than other Starbucks stores! I suggest taking advantage of this as a UCB student and living life to the fullest!
I hope this helped you to think of ways to save money as a student. It might seem difficult at first but all these discounts are here to help you out! Stay positive and make the most of your uni experience!
– Helina x