The thing about being a student first time round is, everything is new. It’s probably the first time you’ve moved out, the first time you’ve looked after yourself alone and dealt with finances alone. The first time I went to Uni (all those years ago…) I spent top dollar on pretty much everything, never once using a discount code.
So when I decided to bite the bullet and get back into education, I did my research. I sat at my laptop, pen and pad in hand, and scribbled down the best ways to save money when I was out on my own again.
What people don’t know, and I didn’t know when I was a student 8 years ago, is that there are so many benefits we have that we either don’t know about or don’t understand.
So what are the benefits of that student status?
This is something that could potentially save your bacon when you’re doing last minute essays (not something I’d encourage, but it happens. Sometimes you just need to binge watch Jessica Jones on Netflix, okay?).
Student Amazon Prime is, as you might’ve guessed, an account with Amazon where you get a shit load of extras to help you out. And I mean a shit load. And the best thing about these little extras? They’re both Uni and fun related, so it’s not all dull. If we take a look at the Uni stuff first though, ‘cos, priorities.
Next day delivery – and when I say next day, I mean next day. A lot of the things you order, regardless of how late, will be in your greedy fingertips within 24 hours. I ordered some English Academic books last week at 5pm and by 2pm the next day, I had them. Just look for the “Amazon Prime!” Logo next to what you’re ordering.
You get 10% off loads of books, which is a big advantage when you’re ordering so many. And although a lot of people will refer you to second hand book websites, this is always a handy one to have as well.
You get access to Amazon Prime Video – and that’s a whopping 15,000 films, TV series and a huge music library. So when you’re procrastinating to avoid reading the books you just bought, this is golden.
I stumbled across Save The Student when I was desperately looking for discount codes. I can’t remember what for now, but it was probably clothing related. This website is a golden place, filled with codes and even (wait for it) – free stuff. Yes, free. There’s a corner of the website (believe it or not, called “Free Stuff”), where you can have coupons sent to your email, you take it into a shop and get shit for free!
They recently had a free Krispy Kreme donut, which I eagerly took advantage of, despite my dairy intolerance. It was worth every bite.
There are also endless articles with advice on jobs, money, student finance and more. It’s a great site and I highly recommend it!
Although I’m not a big advocate for everything they discount, you can’t deny that a UniDays account is a sexy thing to have. Most discounts provided are wants and not needs, but there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself – especially when you’re needing to make a fashion statement or want the latest equipment.
Especially when it comes to HP – there are a lot of discounts offered by them, ranging from software all the way up to equipment. And 10% off Apple, if you’re wanting something stylish for your student halls!
My favourite thing from UniDays at the moment (apart from all the discounted clothes, of course) has to be the 3 month tastecard. If you don’t know what a tastecard is, you need to get all over it.
You sign up, download the app and hey presto! You can go a 2 for 1 at…Prezzo! Or 50% off all your mains. So if you’re eating out, which we all do, then definitely use this bad boy. It can save you a lot!
Student Bank Accounts
I’ve met a few students who haven’t gone down the Student Bank Account route, and although I get it, I’m still surprised. Most don’t want the temptation of the overdraft, which is very smart, but there are other benefits to a Student account if you wanted it!
A lot of banks offer incentives to have a Student account with them. A rail card is a big one (I missed out on this by one year, damn my mature student self!), especially if you’re planning on travelling home quite often. There can also offer free insurance, cashback rewards – depending on which is best.
As always, everyone’s needs are different. If you don’t want the overdraft because you know you’ll spend it in Selfridges, then don’t get it. Mine is there for a rainy day, but the 0% interest is not free forever and that keeps me firmly out of it!
This is a website I’ve only recentyl found and it works very similarly to UniDays. You enter your details, you have to verify through your University email and you get to browse through some discounts.
35% off Domino’s? Yes, please! I haven’t yet used a code, but I gave the discount code a test on the website and it worked! 15% off KFC as well… amazeballs.