Produced by Luciana Figueiredo
I’m Sandra Achim from Romania, studying MSc Events Management. Being a student means that there’s always going to be limitations on how you spend your money. Budgeting is very important, but you can still have a social life, enjoy good food, drinks, and many other activities by using student discounts. How can you do this? Here are some tips which will help you to save money and still have a life!
If you travel to campus regularly or if you live far from BU, I advise you to buy an Annual Bus Pass rather than tickets. It costs only £250 and it will last the whole academic year, saving you a lot of money. This is included in your rent if you use BU accommodation.
NUS Extra and UNiDAYS
Being a student at BU gives you the opportunity to register for NUS Extra and UNiDAYS cards. They provide discounts ranging from clothing to restaurants. Through their app, you can look for discounts and save many pennies.
NUS costs £12 for a one-year membership and it really helps you to save a lot. It gives you 50% off Spotify Premium packages and discounts on numerous restaurants like Pizza Hut and PizzaExpress.
You can sign up for UNiDAYS for free and get access to millions of offers from multiple stores, such as 20% off ASOS, 30% off Adidas, 10% off Jack Wills, and the list goes on.
Student Beans is another great discount. Register online and you will get a digital student card for free! You will find special discounts that you may not be able to get with your NUS or UNiDAYS cards like 20% off Topman, 20% off River Island, 10% off Dell, etc.
After your student email is created, you can sign up for a free six-month trial with Amazon Prime. After that, Amazon Prime gives you access to a library of movies and music, potential discounts on books and academic resources, and free shipping on most items.
If you’re struggling with money and you need help, don’t worry. You can talk to SUBU (Student’s Union at Bournemouth University). There you will find support and help with your situation.
Know your limits
Understanding your budget is one of the most valuable things I have learned so far. As a student, you can’t earn much, so prioritise your spending – I assure you that you can live without that new t-shirt or without that daily Starbucks coffee.
By Sandra Achim, Romania, MSc Events Management