Student budgeting tips
There are many ways you can save and make your money go further when you’re a student, such as working part time, using student discounts and budgeting effectively.
Do a budget
Studying at university is an incredible experience and the last thing you want to do is worry about money.
To help you budget, check student living costs at Sussex and work out how much you'll need to cover these costs and other expenses each week.
This could include money from student loans, a part-time or seasonal job, scholarships, savings and any money your parents might be giving you.
Sussex student budgeting tip: Use an app which has spending notifications (like Monzo) to check you’re not going over budget.
Find a part-time job
As well as helping you to manage your money, getting a part-time job will help you gain employability skills. To find part-time work, you can:
- log into Careerhub (our jobs database) to search for student jobs on campus and in Brighton & Hove. We also advertise seasonal jobs
- follow the Careers and Employability Centre on Twitter to see the latest vacancies
- check for vacancies on the Students' Union website, Brighton and Hove Jobs, Wired Sussex and the Churchill Square jobs' page
- book an appointment at a recruitment agency such as Manpower, Tate Recruitment and Office Angels
- give in your CV to shops, supermarkets and bars in the city.
If you're an international student and you're coming here on a visa, you may have working restrictions. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to check if you can work while you study.
Check student bank account deals
Many of the major UK banks offer student bank accounts with perks like interest-free overdrafts, free railcards or coachcards, and vouchers.
To see which account would be best for you, check MoneySavingExpert.com's advice on student bank accounts and Which?'s best student bank account guide, or go into a bank branch to talk to an adviser.
For all bank accounts, research your options and the account benefits carefully, and remember to look at any charges (such as charges for going over your overdraft limit).
Save money on bus and train travel
When you get your Sussex student card, you can benefit from discounts on:
- buses in Brighton & Hove. You need to apply for a student key card or download the m-ticket app to pay student fares. Find out more about bus discounts
- trains to and from the University with a UniZone ticket.
And to make travelling around the UK cheaper, you can get up to a third off rail travel with a 16-25 railcard (you can also get this card if you're over 25 and in full-time study) or National Express coach travel with a Young Persons Coachcard.
Use student discounts
You can access even more students deals with an NUS Extra card, including 10% off in the Co-op supermarket on campus, retailers such as Topshop and Asos, and restaurants like PizzaExpress and Zizzi.
You can also get discounts on products and services from:
- Amazon. Find out about Amazon Student
- Apple. Find out about Apple’s education discount
- Spotify. Find out about the Spotify student discount
Always check for online voucher codes as sometimes these can work out even cheaper than student discounts.
Buy second-hand books
Many students also sell their academic books so look for adverts in the small ads section on our internal website and around campus.
Download free software
As a Sussex student, you can download Microsoft Office for free, as well as specialist software (such as Matlab, SPSS and GIMP) that you might need for your course.
There is also a range of software installed on our student computers on campus that you can use. Find out more about IT facilities on campus.
While Brighton & Hove has many amazing cafés and restaurants, you can save a lot of money by:
- cooking for yourself. Check BBC Good Food's cheap eats section for budget recipes
- doing a weekly shop with friends. This way you can buy items in bulk and split the cost
- shopping in cheaper supermarkets such as Lidl or Aldi. Other supermarkets (like Asda and Tesco) normally deliver to campus
- checking markets for cheap produce. Find out more about markets in Brighton & Hove.
If you're an international student, there are many places in the city where you can find products from your home country (including Chinese and Indian supermarkets, halal butchers, and European delis). See a list of supermakets (including international supermarkets) in Brighton & Hove.
Many of the larger supermarkets (such as Tesco and Asda) also have international food aisles with imported products.
Sussex student money saving tip: If you do want to order takeaways or eat out, download apps like UberEATS (which has no minimum order amount) or Wriggle (which has discounts on cafés and restaurants in the city).