Student life is hard enough with all the essays and exams. On top of it we are expected to live in one of the world's most expensive cities on a student budget? Here are some ways to get more bang for your buck and make Uni life a lot easier.
The tube is the quickest way to travel across the city (most of the time, until those inevitable 'severe delay' mornings), but it is not necessarily the cheapest option. If you know how to ride a bike and have your own, brilliant! You can store your bike at IH for a £20 deposit for one year, and it's a great budget-friendly/healthy way to travel around London. If you do not know how to ride a bike, I would recommend the bus for travel. You can order a student Oyster card online and a single bus fare is £1.30 [check website for accuracy]- and thanks to Sadhiq, we now have the hopper fare, so if you need to get 2 buses within an hour it will be for the price of one. Alternatively, there is literally no reason why you can't walk! At a strolling pace, it takes 35 minutes to walk to Waterloo through the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden, Aldwych and that gorgeous view of the city from Waterloo Bridge.
2. Days/Nights Out = Discount app!
Club entries alone in London can range anywhere between £4-£20, and the drinks often come with a hefty price-tag! To get the most out of the London nightlife for less money, you can download an app that is popularly used (with good reviews), that can direct you to discounts happening across London bars, restaurants and fun activities. The one I use regularly is 'Fever' - this app notifies you of cheap activities in your area/city. You can find out anything from happy hours in local pubs, student discounts for open air cinemas during the summer, to a 2-for-1 code at a cool restaurant like Cafe Rouge.
3. Bare Necessities = Shop Online
Just like for going out, signing up to discounted stuff is the way to go. For students, 'Student Money Saver' and 'Student Beans' are the top websites for pointing you in the direction of cheap deals. When shopping for food, it is always cheaper to order online in bulk. The smaller London stores such as Tesco's add an extra 11% onto their item prices, which you get rid when ordering on their superstore sites. Every little helps.
4. Get a Job
It is recommended that full-time students should not do more than 20 hours of paid work per week (for international students this is a compulsory part of your contract), which would leave you less time for your degree. However, it always makes you feel more secure when you are earning money - you enlarge your budget and gain experience for your CV. For casual jobs, your university's job board/website is always a good place to start. On the web, 'Save the Student' (aptly named) is a great site that filters down content from at least four other job sites so you can find things more quickly. 'The Student Room' website has a great page on part-time jobs with a list of recommended sites: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/content.php?r=15993-part-time-work