Hi guys, as a student money can be tight, so it’s a good job that there are a variety of discounts available if you are interested in saving money, here are a few things I use.
NUS TOTUM Card: You can purchase one of these in the on campus SU shop or online for just £12 a year. They can be used for discounts across a range of businesses throughout the UK and they can even be used within the SU shop and bar for extra sweet savings, also worth noting you save more money on the card price overall by buying a three or two year card. https://cards.totum.com/join
UNiDAYS: Accessible through the website or via the nifty app, UNiDAYS is completely free and only requires verification of being a student by signing in using your Edge Hill portal credentials. The app also grants you discounts across a range of things like, shops, restaurants and online retailers. https://www.myunidays.com/GB/en-GB
16-25 Rail Card: My personal favourite, the rail card can save you up to a 1/3 on rail prices, usually the 1/3 is more applicable if your ticket is over a tenner but savings can be made regardless of the fare. I use this all the time and would recommend it to anyone who used trains at least every now and again. It costs £30 a year but I managed to get it for free with my bank account so that’s something else to look out for. https://www.16-25railcard.co.uk/
Mobile Network Rewards: OK, this one isn’t exclusively for students but I thought it best to put here since there are some really great deals to be had through some networks own rewards for being a customer. Networks like 02, Vodafone and EE among others all have various deals, such as discounted cinema tickets, free food and priority booking for concerts.
Student Offers: Sometimes you don’t always need an extra item to avail of discounts, an Edge Hill card will get you plenty of discounts on it’s own. From student offers in restaurants, to saving on movie going, through a student ticket.
So there’s a few ways the student can save money, hope this helped and thanks for reading.
Today I thought I would help all you new freshers on what apps you definitely should download for when you start university that will be absolute life savers for you!
Having this app on your phone will make your life 10x easier as you will receive notifications about when new content is added or if your tutor has sent a message to your class as well as receiving any graded pieces of work. You can access your timetable as well as module handbooks and it’s so easy to use and will you save you so much time as you don’t have to find a computer to use it!
2. Student discount apps
For me, I absolutely love having student discount and it is something I will definitely miss when I graduate next year, so make sure you download UNiDAYS, student beans and you can also purchase an Nus Card in the student unions shop on campus or online. Also, the yo-yo wallet app is great to use around campus as well as you can receive discount for paying with it!
This an app I have come across fairly recently and it is great for students or if you struggle not spending time on your phone! With this app, you basically click the start button and you can’t go on your phone for as long as you want and for every 10 minutes you earn 10 points which when they all add up result in some great prizes included free costa coffees and discounted cinema tickets. It’s a great way to stop procrastinating if you struggle to concentrate on getting your work done!
4. What Uni
This app is great for those of you who are thinking about coming to uni as it lets you find all the universities in the country that do the course you are interested in and you can compare them to each other side by side, as they have statistics from students about satisfaction, student support, student life, accommodation among a few!
This week at universities across the country (not just Edge Hill) was student money week, so I thought I’d talk about ways to saving and make money when you’re at university.
One of the many stereotypes when it comes to university students is that they’re always broke/cash strapped. However, whilst this is a common stereotype it’s still important to save money. One of the best ways to do this is to get student discounts on things. Lots of different shops and restaurants do student discounts (of varying types). Student discounts are most commonly available through an NUS extra card (I have one of these and I love it). These are available to buy from £12 per academic year from: http://www.nus.org.uk or from the Edge Hill SU shop. If you click on that link you’ll find more information about what one is and what things it entitles you to. I most commonly use mine for the 50% discount it gets me on my Spotify premium membership. Another great way to get student discounts is through UniDays https://www.myunidays.com where there are lots of discounts for different things. Aside from student discounts there also ways to save money when it comes to buying food. You don’t need to survive off the very best food you can get your hands on. Supermarkets like Aldi and Netto (both of which have branches in Ormskirk) are both very well valued for the products they sell.
As well as saving yourself money on things, you can also earn money. The best way to do this is to get a part-time job (if you feel you can schedule it around your lectures/seminars and workload). Edge Hill Career’s service advertises all their part-time job vacancies here: http://edgehill.prospects.ac.uk/index.html which inevitably at the end of the day will look good on your CV should you get a part-time job. One other way you can make money is to sell your unwanted items on sites like Music Magpie, GumTree and Ebay and Amazon (who will also let you sell stuff pre-owned. I myself have bought pre-owned stuff from there).
Anyway I hope you have found this blog informative when it comes to money when at university 🙂