You are about to embark on your journey at UCLan and you need some tips. Lets start with the essentials!
You're now in your second/third years and you need to pay for all services associated with living in a shared house or flat:
• Stock up on your notepads and stationery beforehand
• Students may have second hand books available for you to purchase - look out for bargains by checking notice boards, book fairs and the university bookshop.
• Student rail cards and bus passes offer cheaper travel.
• Advertise / ask around for lifts / car sharing.
• Save money by sharing taxis with other students where possible e.g. visits to the supermarket.
• Hidden essentials can often catch you out. Don't forget to budget for hidden essentials such as haircuts, special occasions, birthdays etc.
• If joining a club or society at the University, don't forget to consider any extra costs for specialist equipment or material.
• Stock up from home with non-perishable goods - this will give you time to sort out the best place for bargains.
• Shop around - take advantage of offers. Shop in the cheaper supermarkets.
• Get your pots, pans and cutlery together before you arrive.
• Apply for a University Smart Card - this can be credited with cash to pay for food at discounted prices. Bring the essential items you think you will need.
• If you are in Halls of Residence wait until you arrive before purchasing larger items e.g. kettles and toasters as you are more than likely to end up with 6 of everything in your house/flat! Discuss with your housemates who will purchase what and share your costs out.
• Sort out a weekly menu in advance and stick to it. It may be cheaper to make your own sandwiches than buy them.
• Remember that supermarkets are not the only place to shop; Preston also has an excellent covered market with a wide choice of goods.
Aldi - caters mainly for grocery items and fresh fruit/veg is very cheap. It can be found at the bottom of Corporation Street, opposite Office World and is only a 5-10 minute walk from Foster Building.
Lidl - caters mainly for grocery items and fresh fruit/veg is very cheap. You will find it on Strand Road, at the bottom of Marsh Lane.
Market - the indoor market is open every day except Sunday selling cheap fresh fruit/vegetables and fish. The indoor market can be found at the top of Orchard Street, opposite Squires Nightclub.
Use all the student discounts you can find!
• Find out what you can get for free e.g. council tax and prescriptions up to the age of 18. From 19, use the NHS HC2 form to apply for free prescriptions if your income is low
• Get an NUS card to obtain discounts in local shops
• Consider whether you could boost your income with a part-time job, sign up with UCLan Opportunities Centre and get CV checks and interview practice through our Careers Service
• Shop around for the best deals and consider second-hand options
• Other useful budgeting tips can be found through Save the Student and Money Saving Expert
Here are some useful links to local food banks if required:
The Bridge Project, Salvation Army Citadel, Raikes Parade, Blackpool FY1 4EL
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10:00 - 14:00 BST.
Tel: Bev Taylor or Ben, 01253 299835 or 626114
Blackburn Food Bank, Unit 2, Brunswick St, Whalley Banks, Blackburn BB2 1NR
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 11:00 - 14:00 GMT
Tel: Ros Duerden - 01254 672756
LivingWaters, 33-45 Bolton Street, Chorley, PR7 3AB
Tuesday or Friday, 10:00-14:00 GMT
Tel: Carol Halton - 07889 757045/ 01257 260050
Food Bank Warehouse, International House, Springhill Road, Burnley, BB11 2LQ
Tuesday & Thursday, 09:00 - 12:00 GMT
Morecambe Bay Food Bank, The Gym Methodist Church, Green Street, Morecambe LA4 5HN
Tel: Annette Smith - 07591 763 130 or 01524 874004
The Salvation Army, Harrington Street, Preston PR1 7BN
Weekdays 9:00 - 15:00 GMT (closed Thursdays)
Tel: Dr Alex Cadogan 01772 555425
PRESTON & SOUTH RIBBLE
Ingol Food Bank
Tel: Lynn Fahy and Debbie Clegg - 07594 738344
For Financial Support Enquiries:
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