How to make the most of Fresher’s Week for less
By Rachael Campbell Sinclair
Fresher’s Week: one famous week consisting of meeting great people, trying out all of the nightlife in a new city and drinking the night away before all the hard work starts – sounds fun, right? And it is, but with all of those perks, keep in mind that it can also be exhausting…and expensive!
Here are some tips to keep in mind for the best week of the year:
Save on going out
Search for your local nightclubs on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Usually, they will be promoting special deals for students so take advantage of them. You’ll maybe bag yourself and your friends free entry or cheap drinks just for doing a quick online search.
Make sure to check out your university’s student union. Not only will they be hosting parties at night time, but they also organise daytime activities for Fresher’s Week. So, if you’re not a big drinker or if you want a break from the nightlife, this can be the perfect solution. These events will give you the opportunity to meet fellow students, get to know the city a bit better and they usually tend to be cheap, too!
You might be able to buy a wristband in advance that’ll give you a free ticket to all of the events put on by the SU for the week - but weigh up whether it’ll be worth it by asking your new flatmates what they’re planning on going to.
If you do drink take a look at the SMS Booze section for a supermarket cheap drinks calculator and lots of free drink offers (not available in Scotland unfortunately).
Now, you can use all of these nights (or days) out as the perfect excuse to treat yourself to some new outfits. Don’t splash the cash too soon, though… If you take a little time to visit different shops and websites, you will notice that a lot of them offer double student discount during Fresher’s Week. So, get out that shiny new student card of yours and make the most of it.
However, don’t be tempted to fork out for fancy dress outfits, you’ll (probably) never wear them again. Try and make something at home out of a bin bag, pretty much everyone else will.
If you’re attending Freshers Week in a city you don’t know very well it’s a good idea to have a taxi or minicab app with some free credit on hand in case you get lost late at night - and have your new postcode written down! Uber is in a lot of big UK cities and you can get £15 free credit here, there are other taxi apps that might be available at your uni including Gett, Hailo or Karhoo - all of these apps have referral code schemes, so get one of your friends to download one with you and swap codes to get free credit.
If your uni isn’t served by any of these cab apps find a local minicab firm and put the number in your phonebook, it could save you a long and confusing walk back to your flat.
Finally, to cure your hangover the next day, you can definitely rely on fast food to provide student deals.
We’ve seen brands like Subway and Domino’s handing out free food vouchers at the Freshers Fair, and lots of takeaways offer special student discounts. Hungryhouse will give you 20% discount by typing in your .ac.uk university email address. Or, if you think you can manage to get up and out of your bed, most restaurants are kind enough to offer some kind of discount - see a list of the best eating out offers here.. For example, Bella Italia have a menu specifically designed with students in mind; all meals are only £5! Just take your student card with you wherever you go and see where it can take you.
If you love the sound of all of these amazing deals for students in Fresher’s Week and wish that they could continue all year round, make sure that you sign up to Student Money Saver’s newsletter, UniDays and you could even invest in an NUS Extra card. You’ll need to pay for the NUS Extra card, but you could easily recover your costs in as little as one spend! These sources will guarantee you discounts (and the occasional freebie!) for the rest of your student life.
By following these simple tips, you will be able to make the most of what it means to be a student, and save yourself a hell of a lot of money. Just thank me later!
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