Life Hacks for Students
Life Hacks for Students
Student Life

Going to uni is a crazy time for everyone. From trying to tackle a new workload, a new place and new friends, it can be tricky to stay on top of everything. Don’t worry, you will get the hang of it in no time at all.

We put together a handful of practical tips and tricks specifically designed for students like you. Everything ranging from study strategies and organisational techniques to smart money-saving ideas and effective time management tips. Up your game and thrive in the uni world. Say goodbye to stress and hello to success!

Use Your Student Discount, Everywhere!

First up, you should already know by now that one of the best things about being a student is your student discount. You can save yourself a small fortune over your time at uni, just by making use of

deals or discounts available to students

. You’re gonna spend a small fortune on your next wardrobe update anyway, so you may as well save yourself your hard earned pennies while you do!

Get All Of The Freebies

Even better than getting discounts, is getting something for free! Who doesn’t love a freebie. This is probably one of the best hack tips we can give you, because why spend money when you really don’t need to? You can get yourself free vouchers, free food, and loads more free stuff to help you through your student life. Whether it’s your birthday or a freshers week freebie you’re after, make the most out of getting all the free stuff you can. It feels like a reward for sure! We gathered all the best freebies available on the market, check out our

mega collection of freebies you can get here


Student Nights Will Save Your Social Life

Make the most out of student nights and save a hammering on your

bank account

. Most clubs in your city will host a student night, where you can get cheap drinks and cheap entry. It’s the place where students from all around will come flocking. Student nights are often mid week, so make the most of things, before prices tend to fly up on the weekend.

Get A Student Railcard

Looking to travel around at Uni? Get yourself a

student railcard or travel pass

, and save yourself a ton of money. Quite often you’ll make the money back you used to pay for the pass, on your first few journeys, and then you can enjoy the rest of the time at big discounts! Whether you’re going back home, or commuting into uni, trust us, you need a student railcard. You might be able to get a free railcard with your

student bank accounts

as a sign up perk! Looking for more ways to save money on your train and coach tickets? We put together a more ideas on how to get

cheap train tickets


cheap coach tickets here


Shop Vintage & Second Hand

Now, we’re all about saving money. So one of the best hacks we can give you is to shop vintage and second hand. You can save so much money on your clothes by looking out for grail finds in charity shops, vintage kilo sales, and shopping on sites such as




, or


. Not only is this great for saving you money, but you can also

make money selling your old clothes


Give Yourself A Monthly Budget

Working out a monthly budget to guide your spends really does help get you through student living a heck of a lot easier! It’s a natural feeling to want to blow through your

student loan

in the blink of an eye. Naturally though, the thought of eating beans on toast for the next 3 months isn’t the most exciting. Grab a seat and set out what you can allow yourself to spend each month, helping your money go further. We put together a guide on everything you need to know about

budgeting at university, click here

to figure out how!

Prep Your Meals In Advance

Meal prepping will save you so much time, and so much money.  Rather than wasting money on random ingredients that you probably won’t use up, if you meal prep with a set idea of what you want to cook for the week ahead, nothing will go to waste. It also means that you don’t have to come back after a busy day at uni and have to cook up a new dinner from scratch. Set aside some time on a Sunday or a random night during the week to cook. Although it may seem really annoying at the time cooking for a good stint, you will thank yourself during the week when all you have to do is bang your meal in the microwave for a few mins.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar

is an absolute life saver. When you’re mashing your way through essays and dissertations, so many of the scholarly articles and journals are available on Google Scholar. We always recommend checking various journal databases, including your uni database, to help give you the best perspective when piecing together your references.

Mix Up Your Study Environment 

Spending too much time working in one place can leave you super tired and unproductive. Rather than spending all your time slogging it out in the library, why not change it up and go sit in a nice coffee shop. It’ll freshen up your perspective, and give you the boost of energy you need to finish off your assignment. Even if you just go and sit in another part of your uni or library, it’s worth breaking a habit to give yourself a refresh. Don’t forget to take a break every now and again, go out, take a walk, or grab a coffee to keep yourself from hating anything and everything when you have super long study days.

Do Your Food Shop In The Evenings

Now, you’re probably thinking what on earth are we on about. But bear with us. Supermarkets start to reduce things towards the end of the day, and it gives you a chance to make the most out of big reductions. It’s weirdly exciting when you’re on the chase for your next bargain 12 feeding lasagne, or a 20p luxury pizza. Spying out those yellow stickers is absolutely the one. Need more ways to save on your weekly big shop, wonder no more, because we have you covered see

how to save money on food


Make A Schedule

It can be super hard keeping up with all of the things you have to do at uni, so write down your week ahead in a diary, and build a schedule so you know where you are at any moment. Write everything down on a to do list so you can keep on top of all your tasks at uni. This saves you a world of pain so you don’t get overwhelmed with the amount you have to do.

Get Yourself a Calendar or Desk Planner

Now before you turn a blind eye to this one, we promise it’ll help you out so much! Being able to see what you have on each day of the week helps you build a schedule, and you can really simplify your time management.

Get one now on Amazon here


Buy an Extra Long Charging Cable

Maybe another ridiculous one, but honestly it’s another life saver. There’s nothing worse than having a plug socket miles away from your bed, and your battery’s on 2% when you absolutely need a good scroll on TikTok. Grab yourself an extra long charging cable to solve all your worries.

Get one now on Amazon


Get Yourself An Extension Lead

If you need more than just a USB cable, and you want to plug all your electricals in away from your nearest socket, get yourself an extension cord. It’ll make your life so much easier, and it means you can charge everything you need at once.

Get one now on Amazon


Clean Your Keyboard With A Post-It Note

Gone are the days of having a filthy keyboard. No need for fancy keyboard cleaner, wack out a post it note and you’re good to go. So, you won’t be rocking up to lectures with last night’s midnight snacks caught between the keys.

Get yours on Amazon here


Get Rid of Clothes Stains

First of all, you could just try shoving your

clothing in the wash

and hope for the best. But if that doesn’t work, you need a Plan B.

  • Lipstick or Chocolate:

     if you have a lipstick or chocolate stain on something, and it’s too stubborn to come out in the wash, or you’re not prepared to spend the £3 for circuit laundry (we know, it’s daylight robbery), then wack a bit of fairy liquid or any dish soap on there, are you’re good to go!

  • Red Wine:

     if you’ve spilt red wine anywhere it’s a nightmare, but an old wives tale told us to pour a bit of white wine on there, wash everything out and you’re good to go!

  • Sweat Stains: 

    nothing worse than having sweat stains that just won’t come out. Squeeze a lemon on there, and you’re sorted.

There are loads of great stain removers that you can get as well. Stock yourself up with some

Vanish Stain Remover

, and it’ll tackle most of your spillage nightmares.

Vacuum Pack Clothes Storage

When you move to your uni digs, you won’t have the luxury of having much storage space. You’ll need a way of saving space, so vacuum pack your clothes. For one, you’ll be able to take more with you to uni, but it also means that you don’t have to resort to floordrobe of the century.

Get your Vacuum Pack Bags on Amazon here


Organise Your Wardrobe

So in your new uni room, you probably won’t have all the wardrobe space in the world, so rather than hang light things like your t-shirts, fold them and stack them high on any shelves you have. Ran out of shelves? Do the grown up thing and get yourself some

wardrobe organisers

to save you from a messy and disorganised clothing nightmare. You no longer have an excuse to chuck everything into a pile in your wardrobe. You’re welcome.

More Advice on Surviving Freshers

So, here are a few hacks for students that’ll help get you through the year. They’ll just make life that little bit easier, when you really CBA with a lot of the hassle. There's a lot to think about during Freshers Week, click here to check out our

Freshers Advice Hub

for everything you need to know to get you through your first few weeks at university. Want to figure out everything else there is to know about surviving freshers, head on over to our

Student Advice

hub to learn more.

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