Going out, partying and socialising is part of every student’s life at university – as is spending money to do those things.

With careful budgeting, shrewd spending and taking advantage of your NUS extra card, going out and socialising with friends can be a little less damaging to the wallet.

  • Invite friends round rather than always going out. Homemade cocktails don’t cost much if everyone brings ingredients. Dress up, have a theme, organise food and still spend less than you would on a big night out.
  • If you do go out, limit your spending budget and take just that for the night. Leave your cards at home so you’re not tempted to take out more cash later in the night.
  • Take advantage of the discounts available with your NUS extra card. Registering your card will also keep you up to date with all the latest offers, competitions and discounts.
  • Check if local cinemas offer cheaper tickets for students, or see if your Students’ Union puts on movie nights. If not, then why not organise one yourself?
  • Check your university for sports and fitness facilities, as not paying for membership at a club can make big savings. If you do have to use a fitness club, check for student discounts.
  • The Student’s Union should be part of your socialising activities. They organise events and nights specifically designed to suit the student budget.
  • Joining clubs and societies can make you new friends and also reduce costs for certain trips, such as music gigs or film fests.
  • If you’re out on the town for the night, meet at someone’s house or the Student Union bar for a couple of budget drinks before heading on to normal priced pubs and clubs, and look out for cheap entry and cut-price drinks for students.

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