How To Save Money While Going To Uni

By Andrew - Read time: 3 mins - 17th Jul 2018

Uni Life Life Hacks Finances

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Students going to uni in Australia often feel the financial pressure from the time they first start studying until they’re finished. If you don’t live at home while studying, the costs of accommodation and school fees in some cities are even more difficult to meet than others. Worries over paying these expenses shouldn’t get in the way of your getting the most from your uni experience.

There are ways to save money and still get the best possible education. These tips will help you with your expenses and help you keep your mind on your studies.

1. Search for Businesses Offering Student Discounts
All kinds of businesses cater to students, offering discounts on products and services you need. Your student card can help you save money on tickets to events, purchases from retail and grocery stores, a bank account, and public transport. The more you take advantage of your student card, the more money you can save.

2. Shop for Specials at the Supermarket
Food will be one of your biggest expenses. Preparing your own meals instead of eating out can help you eat healthier and avoid the weight gain that uni students often pack on! Looking out for special offers on your shopping trips to the supermarket will help you save money too. Plan your menu and include healthy snacks to give you energy while you study.

3. Open a Paypal Account
Paypal is an online payment service that helps protect you from fraud. You can link it to your bank account to prevent unwanted charges to your account. Request the Paypal debit card to access your money any time or to make debit card purchases online or in stores. If you’re studying at uni far from home, your parents can also make deposits into your account when you need a little extra cash. All they need to do is open a Paypal account too. One big advantage of Paypal is that it doesn’t charge you overdraft fees if you try and spend more than you have. Overestimating your balance in your bank account can cost you a lot of money in overdraft fees.

4. Buy Second-Hand
Look for great deals on used electronics, furniture, textbooks, and even clothes. Instead of paying full price for a brand new laptop, look for a second-hand one that costs a lot less.

Thinkswap is another way to shop second-hand and save money. Our study notes and questions and problem sets pass stringent quality tests to provide you with the study materials you need for success. Instead of paying for tutors or purchasing study materials outright, you can exchange credits by uploading your own notes. Use the credits you earn to get other notes from other people. Our study materials make a big difference in your results and they don’t cost you money when you use the exchange credit system.

Visit Thinkswap today and start sharing with others. It’s an easy way to save money and enjoy your best academic life possible!


Andrew is a finance guru and has been working in the securitisation industry his whole life. He has a passion for travelling and playing and watching soccer. During his spare time Andrew loves spending time with friends and family.



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