Being a university student can be many people’s first taste of independence from their parents. And with a new found independence comes budgeting! With summer right around the corner, we here at Party Hard Travel teamed up with Unidays to compile the best tips and tricks to save money for the best summer holiday a budget can buy!
1. Make Your Own Lunch
While it is convenient to grab a £3 meal deal everyday, this can add up very quickly, which can set you back £60 a month! Taking five minutes out of your day to make a sandwich or to pack last night’s leftovers is a simple way to cut back on costs.
Cost of paid lunch per year: £600
Cost of making your own: 50c-£1 a day – £100-£200 a year
2. Use Public Transport
Maintaining the upkeep of a car is an expensive task, and if your university is in or near a city, public transport is your best bet to get around. Check with your uni if they offer shuttle buses to and from your accommodation, or if they offer a student/concession ticket discount for travel. If you like a bit of exercise, invest in a bicycle to get you around. While it might be a cost to start with, you’ll save yourself a pretty penny in the long run. And luckily for all you students out there, Unidays is currently doing a 10% discount with Raleigh, the ultimate bicycle store, find it here.
Cost of maintaining car (1.2L)per year: £1100-£1300
Cost of public transport per year: (average cost of annual bus pass) £400-£500
Cost of using bicycle: £275 – (£247.50 with Unidays discount!)
3. Explore Your Grocery Options
Buying your own groceries for the first time is a bit of a puzzle. Where to go, what to buy, and how much to spend are all questions to take into consideration when food shopping. Look around your new uni accommodation to scope out all the possible food stores you could use. For a six pack of pork sausages at Waitrose, you can get ten from Lidl for the same price! Make use of any markets around you for the best prices on fresh fruit and veg!
Cost of Waitrose 6 pack sausages, 400g: £3.29
Cost of Lidl 10 pack sausages, 667g: £2.49
4. Get Thrifty
Just because you live on a budget now, doesn’t mean you still can’t keep your wardrobe looking up to date! Check out your local charity/second-hand shops for all the best vintage bargains that don’t break the bank, or download apps like Depop, Ebay, or ThredUp to easily buy other people’s clothes and sell your own! And of course, shop all your favourite high street stores with Unidays to get all the best deals and offers available!
Cost of Topshop Joni Jeans brand new: £36
Cost of Joni Jeans on Depop: (one example) £15
5. Booking A Holiday
So now you’ve adapted to your budget and you’ve spent a few months saving up, it’s time to hit the beach! As summer comes around, look no further for the perfect holiday than Party Hard Travel! With 7 destinations to choose from and one place to book flights, hotel, and events, it’s never been easier to plan a holiday stress-free. Our unbeatable clubbing events packages make booking with Party Hard an easy choice! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0203 627 4443 to book your ultimate holiday today!
Cost of Ibiza Events Package: £290
Cost of same Ibiza Events Package through Party Hard: £129! Saving of 56%!