How tech saves £££ at uni, and other money saving ideas

It’s easy to spend a ton of money when you’re at uni. Takeaways, bus fares, booze, text books, you name it. However, there are a few ways you could save yourself some money. We’ve listed a few of them here…

Buy used textbooks

There’s a joke which goes: Burglars broke into the university library and stole £10,000 worth of text books. Police are hopeful they’ll get both of them back!” It’s hardly a joke though, as text books can cost a fortune. It’s one of the classic rip-off’s which students face every year! As if your fees aren’t enough already…

The key to saving money on textbooks is to either buy them second hand or buy e-book versions which are much cheaper.

For second-hand ones, the market tends to operate on Facebook. Search something like: ‘Used textbook sale at [insert your uni name here] and you should find the info easily enough.

Buy a printer

Using the printer in the uni library can be a complete nightmare. Long queues, and expensive. If you buy a printer of your own, then it’s much more cost effective. If you share a house with others, it’s not a bad idea to let them use it too – for a price. You’re not being tight – after all, you’re supplying the paper and ink. If you have lots of essays and projects to print, then this will save you money. As a general rule – and this is a very basic rule – get an inkjet printer for lower volumes and laser printer for heavy workloads. Also, check out HP Instant Ink – a service where you pay less for ink by subscribing for a monthly fee and you’ll never run out of ink! It’s a cheaper way of doing things.

The Costa Coffee!

With Starbucks, Costas, Pret and local coffee shops everywhere around campuses, the need to spend money on coffee and healthy teas has become an addiction! But it doesn’t have to be. We might not be able to ‘cure’ you, but we can save you money! While buying a coffee maker requires a short-term investment, it will save you money in the long run. You can get a single cup coffee maker for less than £30. Yes, you have to buy the pods, but not only will this pay for itself in a single term, you’ll then be saving money – and lots of it!

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Earn some cash

Sometimes, surveys and focus groups that are conducted by my university will reward participants with either a free gift card to a popular coffee shop or the opportunity to enter a draw for a much larger gift card prize. Consider taking a few minutes out of your day to fill out an online survey or participate in a focus group session. Some pay cash for your time, and an hour or two can make you £20.


If you take the train on a regular basis, then a 16-25 railcard will pay for itself pretty quickly. Costing £30 for one year or £70 for three, this gives you a third off all rail fares and will save you around £199 per year. Mature students can download the digital-only 26-30 railcard, costing £30 per year while also offering a third off fares, saving you around £125 a year. Savings are savings… are savings.

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Netflix won’t cost you anything if a family member or a friend can have you as one of their friends. And if you go for a series rather than going to the cinema to see another Marvel movie, then you’ll save lots of money on your entertainment without having to spend a tenner on some popcorn. Watch it on your laptop. Result: Money saved!

Make the most of pre-drinks

Sounds mad, but this makes total sense. Even your local student-friendly bars and pubs in your university town can be rather pricey, especially if you’re in then four nights a week. So, get your friends together and make the most of pre-drinks before you head out into the big, wide expensive world. Drinking games with your pals before a big night out can be great fun and will definitely save you money.


One of the biggest perks of being a student is the sheer volume of discounts and student incentives that are on offer to you from a whole host of retailers. Keeping track of them all is a full-time job!

Get to know which high street stores offer the biggest discounts and you can save money as a student on most, if not all of your essentials. Also, remember to get an NUS Extra card which gives you over 200 discounts! The card will cost you just £12 for a year.

Microsoft tech for FREE!

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Most students – and those working in education with an academic email address – can get Microsoft’s entire Office suite of programmes, and other freebies, for absolutely nothing.

To see if you’re eligible, enter your academic email address on the Microsoft Office website. You’ll be asked to sign in through your course provider’s online portal, and if you’re eligible, you’ll be redirected to a page where you can download the software. You can also get 1TB of free online storage with OneDrive. Happy saving!

You can also make great tech savings by browsing the Ebuyer website…

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