Top 10.. Money Saving Tips


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One of the most important things for students is saving money, and who better to advise you about this than the current students of Sheffield! I have compiled a ‘top 10’ of student’s most favoured money saving tips to assist any current or future students survive on a budget.


“Freeze food”  

Make meals in bulk and freeze the rest, it will make for loads of meals in the future and it is often the same price to buy larger portions from the supermarket. Or if you’re lucky, get your parents to make you up future meals that you can stick in the freezer for a later date!”


Rachel, 19, is a second year at the University of Sheffield. She is currently studying Law with French


“Sign up to Money Saving Sites”

 “there’s some really useful sites on Facebook that you can sign up to. ’10 ways to have more money as a student, without working’ is great and constantly updates you on offers and competitions available. ‘Save the student’ is another with a similar concept.” 

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» there are a wide variety of sites dedicated purely to discounts for students; these also include studentbeans and UNiDAYS «

Keira, 21, is a final year student at Sheffield Hallam University. She is currently studying Business and Marketing

Keira, 21, is a final year student at Sheffield Hallam University. She is currently studying Business and Marketing


 “Set up an ISA”   

if you have any savings this is the best way of saving your money; an ISA gives you a better interest rate than any other savings account, and you can easily set it up alongside your student account.” 

Jacob, 21, is a second year student at Sheffield Hallam University. He is currently studying Sport Development with Coaching


 “It’s all about the Value Food!”

“It’s important to familiarise yourself with low budget supermarkets. Aldi and Lidl are great on a low budget, and much cheaper than the others! The only problem is that they tend to be slightly out of reach, if one of you has a car make sure you take a weekly team trip!”
Hope, 22, is a student at Sheffield Hallam University. She is currently studying Psychology

Hope, 22, is a student at Sheffield Hallam University. She is currently studying Psychology


“Take the bus!”

if you’re thinking about getting a taxi, get the bus instead. Most buses in Sheffield accept your student card, giving you a journey for just £1. It beats forking out any more of your precious money for the convenience”


Emma, 22 is a fourth year student at the University of Sheffield. She is currently studying Medicine


 “Buy a cookbook” 

“buy a cookbook specific to students; there’s loads about that are low budget, low maintenance cooking. In the long run it works out cheaper to make your own meals rather than buy pre – made ones, and it’s better for you!” 
 » here is just an example of the many student cookbooks on the market
and available to you to bring out your inner chef «   

Katie, 21, is a final year student at Sheffield Hallam University. She is currently studying Biology


 Head to the Market”

“The newly built ‘Moor Market’ is a great spot for cheap products; nowhere else can you get 5 massive potatoes for £1, cheap as chips!”
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» the new Moor Market has been a great addition to Sheffield since it opened in 2013, with stalls catering for groceries, beauty, pets and crafts »


Alice, 21, is a final year student at Sheffield Hallam University. She is currently studying Public Relations and Media

Alice, 21, is a final year student at Sheffield Hallam University. She is currently studying Public Relations and Media


“Happy Hour!”

 “familiarise yourself with any happy hours or promotional days on offer, it really pays off and means you won’t be feeling the strain on your wallet when eating / drinking out with friends!”
» this post wouldn’t be complete without an insight from myself, as a renowned lover of happy hour and all things discounted!” 

Sheffield is not short of a Wetherspoons, so you won’t have to go far for cheap food and drink!

  On the following days, Wetherspoons provides special offers on that specific item:

  Tuesday – Steak Club

  Wednesday – Chicken Club (‘Wing It’ Wednesday’)

  Thursday – Curry Club

  Friday – Fish Friday 




Bungalows and Bears, situated on Divison Street, is popular for its 241 offers


Bungalows and Bears offers a 241 offer on all it’s burgers on a Tuesday. With toppings such as Pulled Pork & Smoked     Chipotle Jam, Chorizo & Grilled Halloumi and even the extreme Fried Egg & Peanut Butter, it is not something to be               missed. 




Cavendish, situated in the center of West Street, is popular with students from both universities

Cavendish is a pub that is popular with students due to it’s location and low priced food and drinks. Specific offers are on   a Friday; with two cocktails for £10, and two, 2-pint jugs of lager/cider for £10. Every day, there is an offer for £2.50 Jägerbombs or 5 for £10. 

Foodwise, the pub offers a burger and a drink for as little as £5.95 (daily before 7pm) and a Full English Breakfast from £3.95


My name is Rosanna, 22, and I am a final year student at Sheffield Hallam University. I am currently studying Public Relations and Media


 “Student Cards”

“your student card is like your bible, you should always have it with you! Whilst the university will provide you with a card which will make you eligible for various discounts, I’d recommend signing up to a few other student cards..”   


NUS Extra

This card is a bonus on top of your student card; there are some retailers who only accept this as a form of student identity, so I’d really recommend getting one. At just £12 they last you the whole year, it’s a bargain! You can also sign up for a 3 year subscription to save signing up again and again come each new year.




Revolution Student Card

The revolution student card is really worth a purchase; at just £2 it entitles you to offers such as 241 cocktails, £10 pitchers and selected food offers. With two Revolution’s in Sheffield it’s a great purchase that is guaranteed to be used regularly. (be warned, on a Friday and Saturday it is only valid until 9pm)

Louise, 23, is a final year student at Sheffield Hallam University. She is currently studying Public Relations and Media

Louise, 23, is a final year student at Sheffield Hallam University. She is currently studying Public Relations and Media



 ” Vouchercloud is a free app available on all smartphones; it offers money off vouchers such as dining, days out and retail. It’s main use is for restaurants, for those days where you really can’t be bothered to cook. It’s great and doesn’t break the bank, definitely the best app out there!” 


Vouchercloud is available free on the App Store and Google Play Store. Associated restaurants include Ask, Frankie and Benny’s, Bella Italia and Pizza Hut (© 


Leah, 21, is a final year student at Sheffield Hallam University. She is currently studying Public Relations and Media

Leah, 21, is a final year student at Sheffield Hallam University. She is currently studying Public Relations and Media















Living From Home – Pros and Cons


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Any decision you make in life will be faced with pros and cons, and the decision whether or not to live from home too has its positives and negatives. Here is a summary of the pros and cons of choosing to live from home.


  • Money Saving

by living from home you won’t have to worry about the debt that comes with living away; bills, food shopping and minimal use of central heating in an attempt to save funds will not be a worry,which is for many students living in accommodation.

  • Close Home Support

it can often be easy to develop homesickness whilst living away, an issue that will not arise whilst living at home. Alongside this, if you are on a course that is stressful and requires the support of those around you, being around loved ones can greatly assist you.   

  • Home Comforts

anyone who has ever experienced student accommodation is aware that it is not always the cosiest of places to live. Most halls are basic and offer little in terms of comfort, style and homeliness. Living from home you will not have to worry about cramped living conditions, messy flatmates and constant flat inspections. Plus, the bonus of home cooked meals is something of a luxury in comparison to the cheap, quick and easy foods that are the staple for most students.


  •  Making Friends

whilst living from home shouldn’t hinder your chances of making friends, it is often in the first few weeks that friendships are forged with those living with you. Fresher’s events and flat parties form the basis of ice breaking activivities and it can often be much easier to make friends with those living around you initially. Whilst you will also make friends with those on your course, it is usually your flatmates that are the first friends you make.

  • Freedom

moving away brings with it an independence that you may not be able to experience whilst still living at home. One of the advantages of living away from home is being your own boss; not having to be in for a certain time, make an excessive amount of noise or tidy your room. Often living from home can bring with it an envy of those living away due to the aspects of freedom.

  • Travelling

the majority of student accommodation is situated close to the university and all other amenities, meaning living close by to everything you need. If you are from the city, it may be out of town so will bring with it travelling – on occasion in rush hour – to and from university to home. This is also the case if you are commuting from another city; having to catch trains or buses regularly can be time consuming and cause expense.

I want to know what you think, is living from home for you? Or would you prefer to move away and experience all that is has to offer? Let me know your views in the poll at the bottom of this post!

Living From Home – Amy’s Story


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Amy is a fully qualified midwife who graduated from Sheffield Hallam University last year; throughout her university experience she lived at home and commuted the 13 mile journey for her studies. This insight shows the other side of the coin for those students who decide to live at home, and hopes to advise any future or current commuting students.

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Decision to live at home 

 I chose to live at home because the course I chose was mainly based on placements that were nearer to my home.

As a student with a course focused on placements, the decision to live at home for ease of travel is sometimes the best.


I didn’t want the debt 

By choosing not to live in student accommodation, this can be beneficial in saving extra money with no need to take out a student loan for living expenses; this is one of the main advantages of living at home. 


 I am glad I stayed at home because it was a mentally tough course so it was nice to have the extra support.

When a course is stressful and time consuming, often the close support of family and friends around you can get you through it. This is a factor in many placement students choosing to live at home. 


I’ve saved money, not in debt following the course

Living at home cuts a huge amount of debt that will be accumulated throughout the duration of university.


 feel I’ve been much more focused than what I would have been

Often living with other students can bring with it many distractions – of which are less of a problem when living at home. Halls are notorious for being loud with other students playing music and being up at all hours. 


 I do feel like I’ve missed the partying and meeting new people in halls

One of the advantages of living in student accommodation is the social aspect; living in close proximity with like minded people can often make the first few weeks of your experience memorable, and you can make friends that will see you through to the end. 


if I had done another course that wasn’t as stressful I would have moved out

The decision to live at home was purely based on the intensity of the course and the ease of coping with it, if it was any other course Amy would have moved out. This is an important factor in the decision process if you are undecided whether to live home or away.  

A Final Note

 do what suits you best

It is all dependent on the individual whether living at home or moving to student accommodation is the best decision. Factors such as intensity of course, placements and money all play an important role. You need to think about what is best for your situation and how best you will be able to make the most of your own university experience.


Living From Home – How To Survive


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For many new students, the prospect of moving to the city you will be studying in is exciting and new. However, there are a large number of those who – for various reasons – choose to live at home whilst studying. For those who are worried about potentially ‘missing out’ on the full university experience, here are a few tips to help integrate yourself fully in to all aspects of university whilst still living at home. 


For many living in student accommodation, the first people they meet and therefore more likely to become friends with are their
flatmates. In the case of those living at home, these will be your course mates. Whilst it may be difficult initially to spark conversation – particularly if they are living in halls themselves – it won’t be long before you are forming life long friendships. You never know, in second year you may decide to move out and live with these people!

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over my years at uni I formed solid, lifelong friendships with people both of whom I lived with in first year and also who I had met on my course

Societies and Clubs 

Joining a club or society is a great way to meet and interact with a number of people combined with a shared interest in the club you are all in! University societies are notorious for being sociable and as such, enjoy a weekly night out as a team; many of which involve some kind of fancy dress!

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Sheffield Hallam University’s Ladies Football and University Of Sheffield’s Dance Society showcasing one of their many themed socials.


Experience Sheffield 

Don’t let living at home stop you from exploring Sheffield and experiencing all it has to offer, especially for students in the city. For those who are not from Sheffield, make sure to integrate yourself with activities such as shopping, bowling and adventure golf (all of which can be found in the same radius!). If you’re after something a little more niche and different, the city is renowned for having hidden gems such as vintage shops and unique bars and restaurants.


Sheffield is a hub of activity – especially for students – and you won’t have to go far to experience some of its glory

– please note: further information regarding exactly what Sheffield has to offer will be provided in subsequent blog posts –

Sticking Around

It is often easy to be labelled as a ‘part-timer’ if you are living at home and aren’t around as often; this doesn’t have to be the case:

  • get a later train – don’t always rush home as soon as lectures have finished, if you take public transport then try to occasionally get a later bus/train and spend time out of hours with your fellow students
  • accept invitatons – if you have been invited somewhere, accept it. Whilst you may not always be able to attend everything, the more times you decline the less often you will receive invitations until eventually you will be diregarded. If you jump at the opportunites from the outset you will be remembered for always getting involved, despite living at home.
  • forge friendships – by sticking around and accepting invitations right from the start, friendships will be built easier; with this, opportunities to stay over at others accommodation will likely arise. This will give you the opportunity to experience life from a student living in halls, along with any nights out that you needn’t miss out on.
  • pack a spare pair – it never hurts to keep a spare pair of underwear / toothbrush on you in case of an impromptu overnight invitation, being prepared will make sure you have no reason to decline the opportunity of sticking around.

Moving In – TOP 5 … Essentials


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Moving away from home is a daunting prospect, and for many it is their first real time away from all the home comforts – not having to worry about fending yourself, how to work a washing machine, and don’t get me started on bills! –  so naturally you’re bound to feel unprepared. Believe me, the amount of people who have had that feeling far outweighs those who haven’t.

One thing I wish I would have had when I first moved to Sheffield was a solid list of things I would need to survive not only Fresher’s Week but also for my duration at university! Because of this, I thought it would be beneficial to share with you the most important things you need to help you survive university life.


5.  Reminders of Home 

Whilst going to university brings with it the opportunity to start afresh, embrace independence and reinvent yourself, it is also important to remember your life before uni. Small reminders of home include photographs with friends / family, any cards and letters that you may have written one another or even bringing with you any decorations / ornaments  you had in your room at home. These small things can also make it easier to adjust to your new life, and can help with any homesickness you might be having.

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I found a picture wall with memories of friends and adventures before uni helped me when I was feeling down and missing home. As the years have gone by, my picture wall now includes new memories with friends in Sheffield alongside the old memories


4. Doorstop 

This is something that stands out to me remembering first year as I did not think to bring one. When you have first moved in and you’re anticipating living with new people it is a definite MUST to have a doorstop. Keeping your door open ensures that your new flatmates are always welcome and you want to get to know them. It also lets them know when you are in if they fancy a chat or want to invite you somewhere.

funky doorstop

try and get a funky doorstop that best highlights your personality, it can be a perfect ice breaker and clear up any worries about what kind of person they are living with


3. Clothes Hangers 

This is something many take for granted and assume – as would happen when going on holiday – that a number of hangers will be provided. Whilst this may be the case, this is a handful at least and definitely not enough to hold your autumn/winter 2014 collection alongside the multitude of onesies and warm clothing you will accumulate to get you through those winter months without 24 hour heating.

another useful tip is double or even triple hanging clothes in order to save hangers and space.

another useful tip is double or even triple hanging clothes in order to save space and money on buying thousands of hangers


2. Convenient Foods 

Now unless you consider yourself to be a budding Jamie Oliver, you can often find yourself being severely disappointed with your cooking skills – especially if you’re used to regular home cooked meals. Whilst many find quick and easy foods such as Pot Noodle and beans on toast to be not for them, it has to go down as being one of the top essentials for any student’s cupboard. Foods such as these are great on a budget, can be made in mere minutes and are virtually impossible to mess up (though don’t take my word for it, I’m sure there are those who have managed to burn their super noodles!)

beans on toast takes literally 2 minutes and can be eaten as breakfast, lunch or tea  (or all 3 if you wish!)

beans on toast takes literally 2 minutes and can be eaten as breakfast, lunch or tea (or all 3 if you wish!)


1. Laptop

This list would not be complete without the most important item of all – the laptop. Whilst the majority of you will have bought one specifically for university or even those who have had them previously, I thought it important to highlight just how many uses your laptop can have during your time at university.

  • Doing work – The most obvious function of a laptop at university is to complete assignments. Both university libraries have wide areas specifically for those bringing in their laptop and can often be easier to do than fight for any available computer during peak hours.
  • Watching programmes – Unfortunately many university halls do not provide a communal television so it is up to you to sort out your entertainment. Websites such as BBC iPlayer and 4od enable you to catch up on your favourite programmes (so you will no longer have to miss out on any episodes of Hollyoaks or Eastenders!)
  • Playing music – Hooking up your laptop to speakers can create music for your whole flat if you’re having people round or even if you just want to play something to relax to; your laptop is your first port of call for playing music, plus apps like iTunes make sure you can tailor your music to your tastes and play what you want.
  • Skyping – No doubt your parents will be eager to catch up with your progress so what better to have a chat than through Skype! Plus they will be able to see you face to face so will be safe in the knowledge that you actually are okay.
websites such as 4od are great for catching up on your favourite programmes

websites such as 4od are great for catching up on your favourite programmes


Is there anything you feel has been left off the essentials list? If so, feel free to comment with your thoughts! 

– Rosanna 

Moving In – A Beginners Guide


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Okay so the time has finally come to move out of the family home and make the next step in being independent and going to uni! The majority of prospective university students choose to live in halls; this is a good choice, it enables you to become more confident and make friends from the outset who are in exactly the same boat as you.

For many people moving to university is their first time away from home, without any help from parents and family members. For many this is an exciting prospect, with the idea of freedom being something to look forward to. However, the feeling that arrives as soon as the parents say goodbye can sometimes be that of loneliness and dread.

3rd year student Jade – who has lived in student accommodation twice – has given her top 5 tips for what to do when you have first moved in:



1. Unpack your bags – the first mistake I made was not unpacking my bags when I moved in. This is because I spent the first two weeks living out of my suitcase – it felt like a holiday! Trust me the washing does catch up on you. But don’t worry, most accommodations provide a laundry service and for a few pounds it’s really worth the investment

2. Bring a bottle – this is not the place for judgments. Before I started uni I didn’t realise that I would meet and make friends with such a diverse range of people. You will find that you cannot judge a book by it’s cover in more than one sense! One thing I did when I first moved in was knock on all available doors and introduce myself. Obviously drink (for most people)  is a way to bring people together and break the ice, so I found taking a bottle of alcohol with me and inviting others to join really help build initial relationships. For those who aren’t big drinkers don’t be afraid – a simple conversation can go a long way.

3. Get out there – don’t be afraid to venture outside of the safety of your new halls. After all this is your home for the next 3+ years!  Take a walk around the grounds of the accommodation and the surrounding area. Sheffield has a lot to offer both in terms of greenery and things to do. It’s always nice to know where your local shop is for all those last minute essentials.

Grab your new flatmates and head out to the nearest pub/local establishment. There are many places that do a pub quiz, which is a great way to get a group involved. As with any quiz, ensure you’re there early to bag a prime location. It is always better to get there early and have a few drinks / get to know new people before starting the quiz.

TIP: The Devonshire Cat by Victoria Halls, Opal 1 and Devonshire Courtyard offers a pub quiz every Monday from 9pm. If you are located near this, it is really worth popping round, a local pub in the heart of the city.


4. Get in there – these are the people you are going to start your journey through higher education with. Most importantly, these are the people you are sharing the same experience with. In the absence of family you will find yourself turning to them. They could become very close to you and form lifelong friendships. This is the case for me with many of my friends.

However, there can be times where the people you are placed with aren’t suited for you.. Not everyone is the same. I wanted to gain friendship and socialise with as many people as possible, whereas  others would rather focus completely on their degree.

The only thing I would suggest if you are keen to make friends and socialise is putting yourself out there. If your flatmates don’t share the same interests as you, don’t be afraid to interact with people in other flats or your coursemates. In the selection process, everyone is randomly put together so don’t let it put you off.

5. Have a laugh – this is a once in a lifetime opportunity so make the most of it; a smile goes a long way, especially when everyone is in the same boat and likely to be as nervous as you


These are my best mates at uni. Some of them I met in first year and the rest I met along the way

Jade x