Managing your money is vital as a student, and, depending on your budget, may require some thriftiness. Thankfully, there are lots of special deals and discounts you can take advantage of as a student, so you can enjoy a little guilt-free spending. This guide covers everything you need to know about shopping as a student, from how to get the best deals to the cheapest places to do your grocery shopping.
With a budget to manage and bills to pay, shopping as a UK student requires some thriftiness and forethought. However, provided you manage your money well, there’s no reason why your funds shouldn’t stretch to enjoying a few of the finer things in life during your studies – be it eating out or indulging in the UK’s legendary retail opportunities.
In this guide, we offer tips on shopping as a student, from the best places to buy your food to the discounts you should be taking advantage of.
Students enjoy a range of discounts on all manner of goods and services in the UK, from fashion and food to travel and eating out. Accessing these exclusive savings and offers is easy, with many retailers just needing to see your in-date student ID card to knock money off your bill.
To access some savings, however, you’ll need to show a valid student discount card. As an international student, there are two types of cards you can buy which grant excellent savings at a number of retailers and outlets, and we’ve listed these, along with their perks, below.
Remember – to purchase student discount cards, you’ll need to have a valid student ID given to you by the university.
Books and stationery can swallow a large chunk of your student funds, so it’s always better to shop around for the things you need. Below, we list some of the best places to source cheap university textbooks and affordable stationery:
If you’ve recently arrived in the UK and are wondering where’s best – and cheapest – to do your food shopping, here we rank the major supermarkets in order of affordability.
Of course, convenience often wins over price as a student, and it is still possible to find good deals in large retailers such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda. However, for those big weekly food shops, we reckon it’s always worth jumping on the bus to pop to your local Aldi or Lidl for the best savings on food.
Many of the major supermarkets above, including Asda, Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s all offer a home delivery service. Additionally, Ocado is an online-only supermarket which offers high-end groceries. With delivery costs usually between £1.50 and £5, the cost isn’t much greater, and you don’t even need to leave the house.
If you are preparing to study in Dublin, it is worth noting that some shops and shopping habits are slightly different in Ireland. Please refer to our dedicated studying in Ireland page, here.
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