Life as a student is full of possibilities and excitement. Without family to come home to, you’re in charge of your life – potentially to the first time! There’s no one you have to explain your late nights, and how you manage your mornings if your business.
There are also clubs and societies, trips, and all the other possibilities of student life that a relaxed time table and a group of new friends can allow for. The only problem is that if you’re not used to it, it’s easy to blow through your budget in the first weeks of term, leaving you stretching a few pounds out until Christmas. It’s not an easy or happy way to see out your first term, but it’s a trap that’s all too easy to fall into.
Today we’re taking a look at how to get the most out of the student life without going broke in the first fortnight of term.
It’s good – at least every so often – to avoid the temptation to go out. You can forge friendship as well, and perhaps even better outside clubs and spend less too. Cooking together it a great way to spend time with your friends as well as polishing an important life skill into the bargain. Wherever you’re living, from Oxfordian private housing to University of Huddersfield Student Accommodation, you should have the equipment to put together dinner, even if you’re eating it with a mismatched, improvised set of cutlery and crockery.
Making a big stew or soup is cheap, filling, and if you split the cost and effort between the group then you’ll have one of the cheapest, easiest dinners of the term, feel a bit more grown up and mature and have a useful recipe in your back pocket for the next time you need to impress someone!
Searching for Deals
As a student you have a lot of deals available to you – check out the different pubs, clubs and restaurants in your area and try to build a night around the discounts that are running when you go out. If you set a budget for your night first, you can fit your choices to it and make sure you don’t end up out of pocket – there’s nothing worse than waking up the morning after a night with not only a hangover, but the sick realisation that spent way more than you should!
If you keep a balance, and bear your budget in mind you’ll find you’re able to have a great time in your first year without annihilating your wallet!