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Broke Student Guide: Shopping for university

By FreshSocial 21 Aug 2017

You might have a break from fending for yourself for the next few weeks, but before you know it September will be here.

And with September comes moving out...

You've got to be smart with your money and be budget-savvy. That way, you'll have more money when the term starts. Winner!

Check out our ultimate broke student guide to university shopping:

  1. Less is more
    Believe us, you don't need to buy a family pack of crockery! What do you need 5 plates, 5 bowls, 5 side plates and 5 mugs for? Just take 2 of each and you'll be fine. Plus, it means less washing up! 
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  2. Get online
    Once you know where you're living, try to find your flatmates on Facebook - we've set up Event Pages so you can meet your new neighbours. That way you'll save some money if buying communal items. That doesn't mean asking your flatmates to buy everything instead of you, but if they already have a blender, you know not to bring yours.
  3. Bargain shops are your friend
    Think IkeaWilkosAsdaPrimark. You don't need to waste your money buying nice bedding, fancy plates, or good wine glasses because let's face it, you'll probably ruin them anyway. Cheaper things are just as nice! 
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  4. 'Borrow'
    By borrow we mean, take and never give back. It's a no brainer if your brother, uncle or grandma have mugs, pans and cutlery etc that they don't use. Just try not to ruin them in case they actually do want them back...
  5. Second-hand textbooks
    Your university might send you a recommended reading list, so instead of heading to WHSmith's or Waterstones, look on your university's Facebook page and see if students are selling their old ones. Amazon and eBay are good for bargains too.
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  6. DIY outfits
    Fact: fancy dress is a big part of university life but that doesn't mean you have to spend a fortune on outfits. You can make some pretty epic outfits yourself with items lying around the house. Charity shops are perfect for bargains too. 
  7. New outfits
    New city, new you? Fine but that doesn't mean a whole new wardrobe - you'll probably wear the same outfit all the time anyway. If you want to go shopping, wait until your loan drops and head to lock-in events. Your student discount is increased up to 50%!
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Follow these tips and you'll thank us when you've got extra money to spend in September! 

You can also check out what is included (and what not to bring) in your Tenancy Handbook which you can find under Booking Info on our website pages. 

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