Surviving on a student budget can be hard. Here are some tips to stop you having to wait for your pay to come in every week.

1. Budget appropriately

Keeping track of your spending can help stay to your budget each week. Make a list of all your expenses, such as rent, utilities, groceries as well as your savings.

Once you do this, you can then put money towards all the “important” things for students such as entertainment and travelling.

2. Student cards

Try and use your student card as much as you can and wherever possible, like at the movies, shops or even public transport. The discounts they give you may be small but it will definitely add up at the end.

3. Second-hand items

You could possibly save money by using second-hand items, such as textbooks, clothes, even furniture.

eBay and Gumtree are great places to look at online, with places like Lifeline or other Op shops to visit.

4. Transport

Look at different modes of transport.

Check the different costs of travelling to and from school by every mode of transport. Using your student card and help with the costs.

5. Get a part-time job

If you have space in your timetable, having a part-time or casual job can help relieve some of that monetary stress.

If you need help looking for a job, ask your university’s student services, or keep an eye out on the noticeboards on campus.