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How to save money while study in UK for Indian Students

Studying abroad can be an enriching and career enhancing experience for many students. However students have to bear the costs of not only the tuition fees but various other living and incidental expenses as well, which can really ratchet up the expenses for the students. We share a few tips for saving money while you study in UK for Indian Students.

1. Use student discounts

This is one of the most obvious ways to save money as a student, but surprisingly not many students are aware of these discounts and also where and how to use them. You can use student discounts for almost anything from paying for your daily commute, to enjoying a movie with your friends, to eating out, to buying museum passes to buying books. Be sure to carry your student ID card with you and don't hesitate to ask if a student discount is available

2. Get an NUS card for additional discounts

An NUS card which you can buy for around 12 GBP for a year gives you additional discounts over and above the one's you get with your student ID card. With this card you can get discounts from various retail outlets as well online shops throughout the year.

3. Get a rail card and young person's coach card to cut your travel costs

You can get additional discount on your rail and bus travel while in UK. The cards are normally charged but students who are paying from some designated student bank account can get these cards for free. Make sure if you are buying a card with money then you will actually be using the discount card on your commute to school every day.

4. Save on your accommodation cost

Rent payment can be one of your biggest expenses when you live in the United Kingdom as a student, especially when you choose to live out of campus. On campus accommodation is by far the cheaper option and many dormitories charge only nominal amounts for students. You can also try bargaining with your landlord to try and bring down the cost of your rent.

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5. Keep a watch on your utility and other bills

Keep a close watch on your electricity, water, broadband, and all other expenses. You may find additional charges being slipped into your bills which you can dispute and claim. Also make it a habit to keep appliances unplugged when not in use and switch off all lights when you go out of your room to save on electricity costs.

6. Shop around for cheaper groceries

When you visit the supermarket to stock up on your provisions, don't grab the first pack of whatever you are buying that catches your eye. Look out for cheaper alternatives. Many supermarket have their own generic versions of almost any product of daily use or food items.

These items have almost the same quality as the high priced brands but are priced much cheaper. Also register your email for membership deals and discount schemes to get coupons in your email and claim an additional discount on products when you study in UK

7. Use cashback schemes to save on purchased products

Some online retailers provide cashback to students who study in UK. Most often the cashback comes as a refund on your bank account. You can use cashback websites such as Top Cashback to get information about cashback schemes.

You cannot however use student discount along with a cashback so use your judgement and compare benefits to decide which you want to use. You can actually save a ton of money by judiciously using the benefit of schemes like this.

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8. Avoid using a credit card

When you arrive in UK as a student you will be inundated with offers for signing up for a credit card. You will be offered cards with very low charges but it is best if you avoid them altogether. If in case you have chosen to take a credit card anyways then make sure you pay all your dues on time to avoid interest charges.

Follow these 8 steps to get the most of your UK education experience and save costs while you study at your university. To know more about study in UK reach out to our Expert UK education consultants at Global Tree

Frequently Asked Questions

The common notion is that foreign universities are expensive, although with scholarships this is an exaggerated issue. What many fail to consider are time and effort. Studying in an Indian college leads to a lower average salary than earned by our western counterparts. This salary sets the tone for all future promotions since companies often look at your previous salaries during compensation appraisals. Additionally, most senior positions tend to be scooped up by individuals who have an international outlook through global exposure.  Finally, studying in a foreign country is an incredible learning experience helping students get a better academic as well as soft skill development.

Canada has been one of the market leaders in education for decades. However, what currently sets Maple Country apart is immigration. Canada is wholeheartedly inviting students to study in their universities to fill job vacancies that are always growing in the country. Students who study in Canada (especially a Master’s Degree) are practically assured of a Permanent Residency Visa.

A good score doesn’t automatically qualify a candidate for a scholarship, however, it is one of the primary factors that the admissions department looks for in a scholarship application. There are other attributes such as a candidate’s academics, extra-curricular, financial background, and application essays (SOPs).

We get this question a lot. Many candidates know which career path they want to take, but are at a loss for how to take that journey. Understanding the job role and the industry that you want to get into is the first step to picking the right university.

Carefully consider the immigration options of the country that the university that you are considering is in. This is more important when you intend to stay back in the country after the completion of your course.

Also, review the placement history of the university as well.

The first step is to list your preferences. By listing your preferences and strengths, describe your course of preference. Extensive research on the modules, software and its length for your preferred subject is necessary.


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