Going to university can be the best days of your life: you get to specialise in a subject, you get to meet some of the most amazing people and you get to become more independent.
But with independence comes having to balance your own money. Sometimes it all seems to paying out with little money coming in.
There are ways to see that bank balance increasing, and though some require more time than others but usually have the most reward.
It’s also important to remember that university comes first and you shouldn’t spread yourself too thin. Don’t take on too many activities and tasks and end up running on empty. Make sure you know how much free time you have to get the most out of our top tips!
Work on campus
There are so many student jobs going all year round. Depending on how much you are timetabled to be in, you can work open days which are just every once in a while, or you might be able to work in a café/coffee shop on site.
Even becoming a student ambassador can open so many doors and looks great on a CV. This usually means that you don’t have to commute as far and often the wage is better than minimum wage!
Do online surveys
We won’t lie to you, you don’t make millions on them but if you schedule some time every day to do just a few, you can get Amazon vouchers or money via PayPal fairly often! The best ones we’ve found are Swagbucks, SurveyBods and i-Say.
Make use of student discounts
Granted this doesn’t make you money but if you save up loyalty points you can often get money off vouchers and freebies. Anything from coffees to beauty products, from clothing to tech! Even if a shop doesn’t advertise that it does student discount, it doesn’t hurt to ask!
Try mystery shopping
There are so many websites out there where you can apply to become a mystery shopper. All it requires is a little bit of time and some note-taking. You don’t make much maybe £10-20 but you’re basically being paid to shop! You usually get reimbursed when you buy something too!
Sell your unwanted stuff
Sometimes this works better if you do it before uni but if you have the room to store stuff in your flat then it works all year round! It’s entirely up to you what you sell but normally clothes, CDs, DVDs, books and tech are a good place to start!
Get cashback when shopping
If you’re planning on buying something online, fill up your basket and before you hit checkout, go on TopCashback or Quidco and search for that website. It’s best to let your pot of pennies add up over time and cash out at the end of a few months.