Student life: Student Life: budget tips for students
Studying in London is expensive, there is no way around this. In order to make things as easy as possible for students, we have worked with the Student Advice Service to offer some easy tips on maximising your budget. This team is here to support students on finance advice and funding queries, so do make the most of this service.
Set a budget
There are many bank apps, and other independent budgets apps available to you. They’re really good for your wallet because they help you set a budget for the month and stick to it. You remain in control of your finances and avoid overspending. Most apps have an option to set budgets for transport, eating out, groceries, shopping etc. This allows you to manage your month as you wish and control your spendings.
If you want to save while living in London, you may want to avoid eating out every day. UAL campuses have microwaves available, and also hot water taps. So, bring your lunch to uni, or even your tea bags for the break and you’ll end up saving a lot. All it takes is a little more effort when cooking at home.
Reusable cups are also very useful to save on coffee around LCF's cafes. They all offer a discount if you bring your own cup, and you also will be helping UAL to become a more sustainable university.
Have a read at uni
Being a student doesn’t mean you should give up on print. Some of our buildings offer free magazines, or you can check lots of fashion and lifestyle magazines available at the LCF library. This way, you can save on magazines and newspapers’ membership or one-off purchases.
UAL's agency ArtsTemps allows students and recent graduates to combine their studies with paid work. Read about students' experience with ArtsTemps.