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Maintaining a stress-free and planned budget is one of the key things to a happy university experience.

If you want to maintain a relatively stress-free and well-planned student budget, you need to think about costs beyond your accommodation and your study books, like your food and travel budget, any utility bills, internet, TV, and so on. These are called Living Costs. They cannot be calculated precisely because it depends a lot on your personal habits, like how often you plan on going out, whether you choose to cook or order take away, what are your normal spending habits, etc. Whatever your lifestyle may be, we gathered a lot of local deals and general tips on how to save money and plan your student budget.

If you need more information on accommodation prices have a look at our Accommodation page.

1. Choose to cook

Everyone loves the occasional Dominos or KFC take-away, but you can be surprised how much money you can save by cooking most of your own meals. A weeks worth of shopping should be around 瞿40, that including fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, diary, coffee, tea, sweets and treats. Not only that but its also a great way to eat healthier, because you can measure what and how much you include in a meal, and youll know its freshly made.

We have microwaves in our Student Lounge area making it that much easier for you to reheat your meals while youre on campus.

2. Where to shop for food

There are many affordable places where you can buy fresh and variable foods. There is an Aldi just a few minutes walk from campus, where you can find fresh produce at a great price. Across Aldi, there is a Lidl, which is popular for offering different international and great quality foods. You can also find a Sainsbury down at Boscombe High Street.

If you live in accommodation halls you will find an ASDA just around the corner, where you can buy pretty much anything you need for your kitchen, not just food all kitchen appliances and cutlery, plates and dishes, even bedding. They also offer next day home delivery for just 瞿1, to save you the hassle to go to the store on those crazy studying days. There is also a Tesco Express just on the other side of the street great for when youre in a hurry or just need that odd loaf of bread or bottle of olive oil.

Top tips:

Dont go shopping when youre hungry. You will impulsively buy more products than you actually want or need.

Make a list and stick to it. When you have a clear direction of what you need to get, you will stay on track and not buy anything unnecessary or impulsive.

3. When you eat out or order in:

Part of the student experience is treating yourself every now and then to an unusual cuisine or just some comfort food, like pizza. You can plan this in your budget and it doesnt have to break the bank. Bournemouth is a very student-orientated town so there are frequently if not always student deals going on. Weve gathered some of the best ones for you.

– Close to campus:

Brewhouse and Kitchen: A local favourite, famous for its fun Tuesday Quiz Nights. They offer an exclusive 10% discount to all 91做厙 University College students. You only need to show your student ID.

Le Munch: This lovely caf矇 is a 3-minute walk from campus, offers al-day breakfast, fresh Italian coffee, fresh sandwiches and homemade soups. And on top of that, a 10% discount to 91做厙 University College students.

– Down town in Bournemouth:

Noodle bar: What better way to warm yourself up on a cold and rainy day than with a hot and delicious noodle soup? Noodle Bar hold a regular student discount, you just need to present your student card. They also have different offers for most days of the week and sometimes they do a little collaboration with Glazed Donuts which is just across the street from them, so you might get a 2 4 1 deal on some delicious fresh donuts and pastries.

Turtle Bay: If you want to try something different, then maybe the spices of the Caribbean will intrigue you. Turtle Bays lunch meal starts at just 瞿5, while their regular menu options are absolutely massive so you can easily share with a friend. Also, their 2 4 1 on cocktails runs for most of the day.

El Murino: When you say comfort food most people will think of Italian cuisines, and with the right to do so. El Murino is a lovely Italian restaurant that offers mouth-watering pizzas and lasagnes. They also have daily deals, such as a free desert when you buy a main, or a free bottle of wine for every starter and main. Definitely worth checking out.

Top tip: Wherever you end up do ask if they have any offers for students or any daily deals. You might just be lucky and score a free dessert or a discount.

Traveling in the UK might seem rather expensive but there are some really good student deals if you invest in a student travel card for the different means of transportation.

1. Local travel

If you think youll be travelling a lot around town it will be worthwhile to get a bus card. You can get one for More buses, which run from the accommodation halls down to campus and all the way down town.

2. Travelling nationally by bus

If youre someone who likes travelling and youd like to experience the UK beyond Bournemouth, National Express have you covered with their .

3. Travelling by rail

If youre aged 16 to 25 you can enjoy 1/3 off rail fares when you go by train if you purchase a . You can also apply for one if youre a mature student in full time study, as long as youre eligible. Not only that but the Railcard also saves you money on restaurants, hotels and more.

4. Travelling with planes

If youre an international student and travel quite often back and forth, especially around holidays, or you just like travelling to further destinations, you should definitely check with different airlines and airports if they offer any loyalty cards or travel mile cards.

Youll be surprised how many miles you can earn with a few trips. . Its free and allows you to collect Avios when you fly with them and their partners, when you take a holiday, hotel stay or car rental with British Airways Holidays and their partner companies. In time you can use your points to help pay for your next escape.

Being a student involves more than attending your lectures and seminars, doing your coursework, and studying for exams. When you work really hard sometimes you need to reward yourself with a night out with friends, a trip to the cinema or a little shopping therapy.

1. Cinema offers

For anyone who enjoys going to the cinema to watch all the new blockbusters, Bournemouth has a big that offers premier seating, iSense, 3D and Imax experiences. Luckily, they also offer student discounts and great deal tickets.

2. Happy hour

Occasionally you might want to have a fun night out with friends, or maybe just grab a few drinks in the late afternoon. Almost every restaurant and bar in Bournemouth has a type of Happy hour going on at specific times, especially on weekends. A really popular student bar is , which is next door to the and has a lovely view of the sea. They have a 2 for 瞿10 offer on cocktails if you are a student.

3. Groupon

If you fancy a little retreat, spa day or youre looking for an experiential trip, then have a look at . They have varied and interesting offers all year round. You can also find a lot of services and courses on offer there.

4. Shopping

Every now and then we need a little retail therapy to lift our spirits. Whatever your style and budget is, you can definitely find what you need in the local area.

Boscombe: If you prefer buying unique and vintage pieces, you can find a wide variety of antique, vintage and charity shops around 91做厙 University College. You can also visit Sovereign Shopping Centre, which is just a 10-minute walk from campus, where you can find more popular shops like JD and Sports Direct.

Bournemouth: Bournemouth high street houses most popular brands, such as Zara, River Island, Primark, the Body Shop, Sports Direct and more. You can also find some quirky little shops like The Flying Tiger.

Castle Point: has most high street favourites from the likes on Next, New Look, TK Maxx, Marks and Spencer so you can easily spend a few hours browsing around.
Top tip: Its always worthwhile to wait until theres a sale going on or until its holiday season because there will be very good discounts. Shops also hold big sales between seasons, so that they can clean up their old collection before introducing the new one.

1. Utilities

Utility bills such as gas, water, electricity, heating and internet are dependent on where you live, if you live alone or you share a flat/house, and what is your average usage. If you live in accommodation halls, these will be covered in your rent so you wont need to worry about that. If you rent private property, however, you need to consider putting money aside every week/month to make sure you cover these expenses. Living in Bournemouth, you will probably pay around 瞿100 per month. calculates the approximate price of Bournemouth living costs.

2. Insurance

If you have valuable possessions, its good practice to have them insured as soon as you arrive at University. The insurance will depend on the number and value of your possessions.

3. Toiletries

You might think you dont really need to count this in as an expense, but toothpaste and toilet paper will take part of your budget. That of course doesnt mean you need to restrict yourself from buying them, but you can be smart and save some money.

Superdrug has a regular student discount, you can find quite a few great deals on your favourite brands.

4. TV

If you plan on watching or recording programmes on a TV, computer or other device as theyre broadcast, or download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer live, catch up or on demand, you will need a TV licence. Fines for not paying it can go up to 瞿1000. Read more on the for the latest price of a licence and if youre not sure if you need to pay for a TV licence or not.

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