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We know food shopping whilst at university can be expensive and can eat into your student budget, so we’ve put together a list of some essential top tips for saving money whilst still enjoying your food.
1. Swap fresh for frozen!
Frozen food is a student’s best friend, it’s both cheaper and has a longer self-life so it’s a double bonus. Did you know that frozen chicken is half the price of fresh chicken? Imagine how much you could save in a year. Don’t forget about frozen fruit and vegetables as well.
2. Plan Plan Plan!
Always take a shopping list with you to the shops, this will keep you on track and stop you being tempted by things you don’t need. Also, it’s a good idea to plan meals in advance so you only need to do one food shop a week, making budgeting a lot easier.
3. Don’t shop on an empty stomach!
Shopping when hungry never ends well. Shop after a meal and you’ll be less likely to impulse buy food.
4. Shop in the evening!
Supermarkets reduced food daily but it’s all about knowing when to go. For most supermarkets around 7pm is a good time to look for reduced items but if you’re really serious about getting some good bargains then speak to a staff member at your nearest store.
Signing up to store membership is a great way of hearing about the latest offers whilst gaining points that can be used for store discounts.
6. Batch cooking!
Cook in large batches, for example make a spaghetti bolognese and then divide it into portions and freeze, then all you have to do is defrost and enjoy. Easy, simple and cheap.
7. Never buy a 5p plastic bag
It may seem like a small amount but buying bags every time you go shopping soon adds up. Take a reusable bag to the shops and you’ll not only save the planet you’ll save money too.
Try to avoid brands they usually offer exactly the same product as a supermarket own brand for triple the cost. Don’t waste money on branded products shop smart and avoid big brands.
9. Price match!
Lots of supermarkets now price match one another, so you never need to worry about spending more because if you do they will give you the difference in store vouchers.
Why not also check out our blogs for more food ideas and recipes?
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It's a stressful and exciting time
when you're planning to move to university.
Read our top tips to ensure you're prepared.
Tip 1- Make sure your Unikitout Kit has arrived! If you haven't yet ordered, kit yourself out now.
Tip 2- Welcome to your new home, unpack your kit get settled in, and decorate your home for the year any way you like. Jazz it up to your hearts desire, if you are missing a bit of sparkle make sure you have fairy lights. Forgot your favourite blanket at home? Check out the UniKitOut website for any last minute necessities you may have forgotten.
Tip 3- Time for your goodbyes and hellos! Say goodbye to the friends and family who have dropped you off, have your tissues at the ready. Now its time to introduce yourself to your new neighbour’s, whether its popping into their room or propping your door open make sure you show off your memo board full of photos and memories!
Tip 4- It’s time to immerse yourself in freshers life, head down to the freshers fair and make sure you grab as many freebies as possible (be sure to hunt down the dominos stand!) Then check out the rest of the stands for societies and sports teams to sign up for trials.
Tip 5- Throughout the course of your first week check out as many lunch spots on campus as possible until you find your favourite. If you don’t fancy eating out every day don’t forget to kit out your fridge with a fridge & freezer locker, to keep your food safe!
Tip 6- Get ready for your freshers night outs! Whether it’s a big club night or a society quiz night jump in the shower and have a boogie with your waterproof speaker, get yourself smelling fresh with our feeling fruity pack, then make sure your hair is styled to perfection with your hairdryer. Once you are ready to hit the town have a quick shot out of your new jager shot glasses.
Tip 7- Find your school, its time to pick up your timetable for the first term. Head on a walk round campus. Gathering your bearings make sure to find as many of your lecture theatres and buildings as possible so you don’t have to rush on your first day!
Tip 8- If you don’t fancy a crazy night out then head back to halls for a night of movies and chilling with your new flatmates. Make sure you get cozy in your dressing gown and heated blanket, whilst the smell of vanilla and coconut fills the room from your reed diffuser. Turn the lights off and the fairy lights on for the full cinema experience.
Tip 9- It’s time for your first introductory lecture! Make sure you are up bright and early to grab a seat with your friends. Don’t forget your stationery kit, as you don’t want to be missing any key points. First lecture over definitely time to head back to bed, this student life is exhausting!
Tip 10- Time for your first flat dinner, blow your new your flatmates away with your culinary skills by cooking up a storm with your kitchen kit. Yes, pasta with tomato sauce is considered gourmet at university.
Moving into university can be a mix of emotions, from excitement to stress and everything in between the first few weeks at university can be a challenge to say the least. So to help we’ve come up with some of our top tips to help you settle in and love university life.
Saving money may seem daunting or even
impossible at University...
Check out these hints & tips to help you!
Saving money may seem daunting or even impossible at university. But there are always ways you can get creative to cut down on spending. UniBooks.co.uk has come up with a list of top wacky ways you can save money!
1. Ditch the gym membership
Instead of getting a gym membership, use body weight exercises and cardio such as jogging. You can often join societies for free where you can exercise in a group, this is also brilliant for accountability and making new friends!
2. Cook in bulk at home
If you want to save as much money as possible you're going to have to cook at home. And if you want to save as much time as possible, cooking in bulk is the way to go! If you are lucky enough to have good house mates, you can organise a cooking rota to save even more time and money!
3. Cut down on meat
Reducing meat in home-cooked meals can save a ton of money. Swap for less expensive protein sources such as beans, legumes, nuts and seeds (side effects include benefiting the environment and your health!).
4. Make your own coffee
Instead of going to Starbucks every morning, you could easily whip up a fresh cup of coffee in your uni halls or house.
5. Share media streaming accounts
If you've got a media sharing account such as Netflix or Amazon Prime, you can split the bill by sharing with your uni mates.
6. Make your own gifts
Make your own gifts for birthday presents. Making your own gifts to give to friends and family is a great way to not only save money, but also to give something unique and personal to the recipient. A Google search will provide plenty of examples - a few include bookmarks, soap and edible goods.
7. Use the library
Use the library instead of buying university textbooks. However, sometimes this is extremely difficult due to limited library books. Or sometimes you just need to use a book all the time! In this case you can buy cheap books online through sites like UniBooks.co.uk.
8. Create your own deodorant
Creating your own deodorant is easier than you think. It only requires 3 ingredients. It might sound too wacky for you, but apparently it works better than conventional deodorant. Examples can be found here and here.
9. Get your hair cut for free
Many salon's across the UK will give free or cheap haircuts if you ask for a trainee hairdresser to cut your hair. You may need to do a bit of searching and calling to find one nearby.
Hopefully you can take something away from this list and implement it so you can start saving money. But don't stop here! Get creative and think up some other ways you can slash your spending.
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Living away from home for the first time can be
daunting to say the least...
Check out this advice from our friends at studenttenant.com!
We've teamed up with our friends at StudentTenant.com who understand the importance of knowing the process when it comes to the private lettings market. There is lots of lettings jargon, so here we have given you an insight into some of the stickiest matters when it comes to renting for the first time.
Finding the right house:
Sounds really simple right? It’s surprising how many people waste heaps of time viewing loads of houses, and then end up with one that they don’t actually like. Do your research before you book your viewings; check the price, location, and features of that particular house before you book to view. If you like it, reserve it - the best properties will always get snapped up very quickly.
When moving into a shared house it is really important to know how you are going to keep on top of your utility bills. The main utilities you will need to cover are gas, electricity, water (both waste and fresh water), broadband (for which you will usually need a telephone line), and TV licence. If you are a student you will generally exempt from paying Council Tax. Some properties include the rent within the bills, but for those that don’t it is highly recommended to take out a bills package where you can pay a fixed amount for your bills every month. You can arrange one here http://bit.ly/bills-package.
Protecting your valuables is a must when you move out. Contents insurance is a pretty cost effective way to make sure you are covered in the event of any unwanted occurrences. There are loads of different options out there, and lots of insurance companies catered specifically towards those living in a shared house.
If you are required to pay a deposit on your property, legally these have to be placed within a government protection scheme. Your deposits act as a security to protect landlords against any damages or non-payment of rent at the property. It is important to make sure you are given the name of the scheme your deposit is protected with, and to ensure you know how to request your deposit back at the end of the tenancy.
It is really important when you book a property to read through, understand, and ensure all parties sign a tenancy agreement. This will lay out yours and the landlords or agents obligations, and it is vital you know what is expected of you as a tenant. If you have a guarantor they will also need to understand the terms, as their obligations are also applicable to your tenancy. Guarantors will usually have to sign a separate agreement to determine they will be your guarantor, making them legally liable to pay your rent should you fail to do so.
If you need any further information on any of the above or you are looking for a shared house go to www.studenttenant.com, get in touch with the StudentTenant.com team on 0208 434 7246 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
No matter how skilled and proficient you are at
packing, when going off to university for the first time,
you might want to leave the following out.
No matter how skilled and proficient you are at packing, when going off to university for the first time, you’re guaranteed to arrive with a pile of items you don’t need and won’t use.
Every Fresher does it. After all, it’s likely to be your first time living on your own, in the throes of complete and utter independence, so naturally, you’ll have no idea what you need to take to Uni and what can be left behind.
So to help you lighten your luggage and avoid avoid overpacking, here is a handy list of things you absolutely do not need to bring to university.
Bottles of shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and additional beauty products can add considerable weight to your luggage and which can create issues if you’re travelling by plane - where every kg counts. As you can easily and inexpensively purchase toiletries when you get to university, it’s best to leave behind as many products as possible.
- Old School Books and Notes
Although you might want to be the most conscientious student and start your university life prepared and ready, it’s not necessary to take all your old school books, folders and files. When you get to uni, you’ll be starting from scratch and most of your work from school or college will be irrelevant. It’s extremely unlikely that you will need all your old school books or folders, but if by chance you do, you can always use a cheap parcel delivery service or a student shipping service to get the item to you.
In addition, avoid buying the entire recommended reading list for your course. Wait until you start your studies to see what reading material you need to purchase and which you can borrow from the library or do without.
- Your Entire Wardrobe
Your clothing space in your university halls or accommodation won’t be that generous, so although it’s tempting, try not to bring every garment you own as there just won’t be enough space. When sorting through your packing, make it a rule to leave out anything you haven’t worn in over a year. Also, at university, you’ll spend a lot of time in your room wearing pyjamas, loungewear and comfortable clothes. As long as you have a good selection of these and a couple of presentable outfits, you’ll survive.
- A Printer
If your course requires you to print a lot of pages, then your own printer may be worthwhile. Otherwise, it will be a waste of space. The university’s own printers will be just as handy and you won’t be bombarded with requests from friends to “just print one little page” for them.
- Your Car
Your car may be an essential part of your daily life at home but at university, it’s somewhat of an unnecessary luxury. Most universities are centrally located within walking distance of most shops and public transport is just as efficient. Parking at university can also be a hassle as spaces are limited and expensive.
Written by Lana Richardson, blog editor for UniBaggage.com - The No 1 Student Shipping Company. Get 5% off any Uni Baggage booking by using the code UNIKITOUT5 at the checkout.
We asked graduates for their take on this, the main
feedback we get fed like a broken record is
"I wish I had looked into my course more."
So your done with College, you and your friends from school all took Art because 'It was the easiest choice...'
You envisaged lazy afternoons painting canvasses overlooking beautiful scenery's smoking roll ups and 'finding yourself' whilst skipping the odd class in attempt to look over 18 at the local boozer where they were all too familiar with students' pretending they just got off a 9-5. Next thing you know, 2-3 years of blissful, carefree college life has passed and your family members keep asking; "So, whats next for you?" And "What do you want to be?" You suddenly realise that you have absolutely no clue of your preferred career path and begin to panic. You naively assumed that one day it would just 'come to you' and your epiphany would tell you that you are destined to be a Designer, Teacher, Rocket Scientist, <Insert childhood career dream here>.
BUT it didn't. Sure your grades are passable, you haven't just wasted the last few years, even if you don't end up going down the path of whatever you choose to study at uni then it still shows discipline and commitment, making you a more desirable applicant for that job right? RIGHT?? A recent article in the Telegraph quoted: 'Almost half of University leavers take on non-graduate jobs' The study by the Office for National Statistics found that 47 per cent of employed workers who left university within the last five years are performing roles which do not require higher education qualifications.
We asked graduates for their take on this, the main feedback we get fed like a broken record is "I wish I had looked into my course more." Or "I should have chosen another path." In a nutshell, we suggest you start with the following bullet points:
Don't: Choose a course because all of your friends are - Uni is one of the easiest places to make new friends, and sticking to your besties like glue is unhealthy!
Don't: Decide on something because you think it will be an 'easy ride' - If you don't enjoy what you are doing there's a limit on how long you will be able to stick at it.
Don't: Listen to myths! If you want to study a course at Cambridge, apply to Cambridge! You don't HAVE to have come from a private school, or live in a listed building.
Don't: Let your decision be swayed by anyone else. Yes it's great when people offer advice, but you have to do what is right for YOU.
Don't: Feel like you have to have all of the answers now. If you are enjoying your course, working hard and getting the grades, the rest will come.
Do: Thoroughly research the course, attend open days, speak to current students - spend time and money on research and you could save yourself a fortune in the long run.
Do: Pick something you are passionate about, not peer pressured into - ever met a florist with a law degree? We have!
Do: Check out work experience options - there's nothing quite like deciding on a career than actually doing it. Most companies will be happy to take on an extra pair of hands - Just ask!
Do: Look at the the three Cs: city life, course modules and career prospects.
Do: Lastly, Trust your instincts - If your course choice feels right, it probably is.
Now is the time when moving to University becomes
more of a reality than a fantasy...
and also when the panic kicks in!
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Here you will find our Top Tips of how to prepare yourself for (most probably) one of the most nervwracking and exciting times of your life!
Write a list - There's A LOT of stuff to remember when starting Uni, the more in advance you write a list, the more prepared you will be
Prepare ahead - Ok, so you can't prepare for everything, but knowing where you're going, the local bus routes and the best places to get a burger under £3.50 will save you a fortune!
Do some research - Speak to your friends, or anyone you know that has been to your Uni & learn from their mistakes!
Take each day as it comes - Don't expect to be blissfully happy in your new home straight away, moving away from home can be a daunting process and takes time to adjust.
Realise you're all in the same boat - Everyone at Uni will be feeling the same as you, talk to people and make friends along the way.
Ask for help - Your parents will probably be more than happy to help you pack and move, even if they don't have transport you can save 5% off at www.unibaggage.com using discount code UNIKITOUT5
Learn the basics - Unless you want to live on beans, toast and noodles, ask your parents and friends for basic cooking tips and make big meals that can be frozen in portions.
Stress - As daunting as it can be, try and relax and break up revision and your funds into bite size portions.
Worry if your move doesn't go 100% to plan - if you forget anything, you can order all of your student essentials through our site and have it delivered direct to your halls!
Spend all of your Student Loan in Freshers week - This is a BIG no no - plan your funds and give yourself a weekly allowance to ensure
Expect to be the 'perfect adult' straight away - Moving away from home is a learning process, you won't get everything right straight away (And most people will understand that!).