How to Save Money

As your Union Advice team, we have compiled a list of top tips on how to save money whilst you're at university!

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As your Union Advice team, we have compiled a list of top tips on how to save money whilst you're at university!

Bills

Look around before committing to a contract with utility companies. Companies that offer all the bills included and split them between all residents often work out more expensive. It may be cheaper to pay for bills separately and work out the cost among yourselves. Bear in mind this puts a lot of trust in each other to pay for your own share.

Food

Be prepared to travel to supermarkets such as Lidl and Aldi for your food shop instead of the closest one to you to make your money go further. Top tip: some shops such as Co-op reduce the cost of their food at the end of the day.

Unidays

Create a Unidays account and use your card in a variety of shops and restaurants, which give you discounts on your bill.

Nightlife

Drinks are often cheaper on a student night. This can save you up to half of what you may spend on a non-student night.

Get Involved

The university often have small jobs to either earn money or amazon vouchers. This may only be a few hours but can save you some money. Keep an eye out for these opportunities on your email.

Transport

Utilise the unibus where possible to get free public transport. You can view the timetable at any time online, and it can take you between accommodations, university campuses, Derby city centre, and the train station.

Health and fitness

If you are one for exercising, consider getting a membership with the gym at the university. It is relatively cheaper compared to other local gyms and will save you money.

Cooking

Prepare your meals for the week, and have an idea of what you are going to eat. This will help you avoid ordering takeaway too often which will save you money.

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