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How to Save Pennies When Going to University?

With the current cost of living crisis, the topic of how to save pennies at university is more important than ever. Hopefully the following tips will help you to budget and save money at university, to allow you to enjoy your studies without worrying about money:
1. Cost of Living Events

Many universities have been offering Cost of Living payments and events to help their students throughout these difficult times. Swansea University’s Student’s Union have been excellent at thinking of events to help us out in the recent months. These have included Cost of Living breakfasts, a reduced meal at ‘Root’ once a week, increasing the provision of Study Aid refreshments during exam periods and providing sports clubs and societies with hardship funds to help cover their overheads. It has also put together a set of budget friendly recipes and provided ‘Period Poverty’ events for those who need period products at that pesky time of the month.
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2. Finance Teams Budgeting Advice

In Swansea, Money@CampusLife is a team dedicated to helping students with budgeting and managing their money. They have even drawn up an example budget, which could represent what a student will spend each week in each aspect of their lives, whether that be on their course or in their personal life. They have also created a Hardship Fund, which can be accessed if unforeseen circumstances mean that you can’t cover your immediate and essential costs. Provided you meet the criteria, you could be eligible for a Short-Term Assistance Grant of up to £500 without dependents, or £800 with dependents, or a Swansea University Opportunity Award.

Swansea University really does do all that they can to help students, recognising that money troubles can really affect a student’s wellbeing and ability to achieve their best academic performance.
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3. Price Comparisons at Local Supermarkets.

Shop around! Some supermarkets will be cheaper than others, so tailor your weekly shop to your budget. Each item in the supermarket will have a price per unit value, allowing you to work out which products are cheaper from each place. Generally, in Swansea, Aldi and Lidl are probably the cheapest, followed by Tesco, Sainsburys and Morrisons and then Marks and Spencer as the most expensive. Always consider supporting local too! Swansea Market has many fresh fruit vendors and local butchers who will have competitive prices to be cheaper than the big supermarkets. The Uplands, Mumbles, Marina, and Victoria Park Markets also have these benefits.
4. Student Cookery Books

Pick up a student cookery book. These meals are often designed to be made on a budget, and usually the cost per portion is worked out for you.
5. Discount Apps

Keep an eye out for apps such as Unidays or Student Beans. These can provide discounts on many things, whether that’s clothes, technology, restaurants, health and fitness and so much more. There is no harm in asking places whether they do student discount, the worst thing that’ll happen is they’ll say no!

I hope those tips give you a rough idea on how you can start to save money at university.

Hope Henry Swansea Student Ambassador Second Year Graduate Entry Medicine.

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