Share the cost of food with flat/house mates or friends and try cooking communally.
This way you can take advantage of the cost savings of buying larger quantities. You can also club together and get shopping delivered to your accommodation to cope with getting the larger items back to your home.
Make your own food for lunch rather than purchasing food and drink on campus.
Making a sandwich and bringing a flask of coffee or a water bottle to campus will save you pounds every day.
Get to know how much things cost and compare prices between stores and within a store.
The cost of a loaf of bread varies from 40p for a loaf from the major supermarkets' basic range to over £1. Shop according to what you can afford.
Think about how much you spend on household bills.
If bills are not included in your rent, take meter readings when you move in and give them to the respective utility companies, asking them to set up a new account for you. This should ensure that you aren't liable for bills left by previous tenants. You may be able to take advantage of a discount on bills if you pay by Direct Debit.
Turn electrical items off when you are not using them and unplug items once they are fully charged.
If your heating is controlled by a thermostat, turning it down by one or two degrees can save pounds.
Do as much of your work using the PCs on campus to save charging your laptop battery.
Students are exempt from Council Tax.
If you are a full-time student living alone or with other students, you don't need to pay Council Tax. If you live with a non-student then you are still exempt from Council Tax. However, if the non-student does not pay their tax you may be liable as a joint tenant.
Buy a season ticket for public transport and consider a 16-25 Railcard or Young Persons Coachcard for longer journeys.
If you use public transport regularly then it is probably worth investing in a season ticket rather than paying individual fares. Season tickets are available for Stagecoach bus travel within Winchester City. Further details are available on the Unirider website:.https://www.stagecoachbus.com/UniversityofWinchesterUnirider.aspx
A 16-25 Railcard will give you a third off most off-peak train fares. Similarly, National Express offer a Young Persons Coachcard saving you a third on standard fares.
Walking and cycling are the cheapest forms of transport and keep you fit at the same time.
If you plan to cycle, you will need to budget for insurance for your bike and a strong security lock.
Look out for second-hand text books.
Students often sell their course books once they have finished with them. Many advertise on the intranet. Remember that the library has a good stock of course materials and it may be worth borrowing some books rather than purchasing them.
Take advantage of Student discount schemes.
An NUS Extra card costs £12 a year and allows you to take advantage of valuable discounts in the high street and on-line.
Register with Unidays to receive notification of offers and discounts both on the high street and on-line.
It's always worth asking if a store offers a student discount – many do without advertising the fact!