Located off the ever-hip Upper Street, Angel Central Shopping Centre (formerly known as The N1 Centre) has a vibrant and stylish collection of shops, cafes, restaurants, cinemas and music venues under its roof. Whether you want to watch the latest movies and share a family-sized popcorn snack, or dine out for two on something more extravagant, Angel Central offers you that choice.
Life as a student can be tough, with money being a little too tight for comfort and the desire for another night out looming over you.
You may live like a king when the student loan first comes through, but it can be easy to be left with a strict diet of Pot Noodles and cups of tea after a couple of weeks.
We’ve decided to help you out and give our top saving tips for students that are trying to make their money go a little bit further.
It might sound a little bit obvious, but the key factor to making sure you can afford to live is to carefully budget and plan for everything. You’d be surprised by how much everything actually costs.
Firstly, you’ll need to set aside money for the important things, i.e. rent and food. These two things are non-negotiable and money has to be set aside to afford them. Knowing exactly how much your average food spends are each month will allow you to get a better picture of how much you have left that can be spent elsewhere.
It’s so tempting to splash the cash on something you really want when the loan comes through, but some careful planning is definitely going to help in the long run.
As tempting as it might be to order a Chinese with your house mates, your wallet would be quick to disagree.
With the average person spending just under £10 every time they order takeaway, this can quickly add up and you’ll soon find yourself surrounded by empty pizza boxes and a hole when your money used to be.
You will soon find that supermarkets are your new best friend, and making the effort to go to the shops instead of ordering in will see you get a lot more for your money. Creating shopping lists and researching recipes is a great way of making sure you only buy things you need, and can help you to eat a little bit healthier as well.
We also recommend learning to cook as beans on toast will ultimately get pretty boring after a while.
What would you say if we told you there was a way of getting around for free that also keeps you fit?
Walking is a very healthy and very cheap way of getting from location to location, and is the perfect way to save your precious money when times are tough. If you’re in your first year of university, there really isn’t any excuse for not walking as you are located very close to your lectures.
If public transport is needed, there are a couple of different options that can help you save on your travels. For example, the 18+ Student Oyster photo card is a very useful card to have, allowing you to get 30% off adult-rate Travel cards and Bus & Tram Pass season tickets. The photo card costs £20 initially, but lasts for the entirety of your course.
You can also buy a 16-25 Rail card, allowing you to save a third on rail fares all across the UK. This can become especially helpful for trips home if you have travelled for uni.
Seasoned veterans of the local nightlife will have already mastered this technique, but having “pre-drinks” before a night out will end up saving you a lot of cash.
Going out and enjoying the nightlife is a great way to blow off some steam after a long day of lectures and studying, but drinks can be expensive. With the average pint of beer costing around £4.40 in London, you can easily see how it could all add up.
Taking a trip to the shops to grab a crate of beer or bottle of wine beforehand is a much more cost effective way of enjoying alcohol, and will mean that you are already in a happy state by the time you hit the local bars and clubs.
Nobody wants to work, but having a part time job can help largely with funding your studies.
It’s not uncommon for students to have a job on the side of their university studies, with the price of living in London already being quite high. A student loan can only go so far, and a job can provide an extra bit of cash that will prove to be very useful come payday.
Companies are always looking for students to fill part time roles, and many places will often work around your availability. If you’ve got the spare time after lectures, having a part time job will provide an extra stream of revenue that will help out a lot.
Make Use of Student Discount Cards
Did you know there are multiple different cards available to students that can end up saving you a lot of money?
One of the most popular (and beneficial) cards currently available to students is the TOTUM card, formally known as the NUS (National Union of Students) card. This handy card costs only £12 a year and gives you access to over 200 discounts just for being a student.
These discounts can range from money off your shopping to cheaper cinema tickets to cross country travelling. With over 200 discounts available at any one time, we’re sure that at least a few of them will be applicable to you.
UNiDAYS is another fantastic website that can offer some great student discounts on just about everything and will definitely help you to further your money. It’s free to sign up and you’d be surprised by the amount of discounts currently available through the site.
Many of the stores here at Angel Central offer some great student discounts to choose from. For more information, click here.
And that’s our list! Hopefully you’ve found a new way of saving some pennies or been turned on to some helpful discounts through this list and we’re glad we could help.
Be sure to keep an eye on the Angel Central social media pages to find out about any fantastic student offers or sales going on.