The new semester is just around the corner, and regardless of whether you are a new student or have been doing it for a long time, starting your studies is rarely cheap. We have collected the best tips! Starting out as a student can require deep pockets. You must be professionally up to date, have a place to live, be able to socialize – and make everything else in your life fit together financially on a su budget. Below we have collected a few good tips so that your start of study does not empty your bank account.
Get the study books as e-books – or buy them used
Textbooks are expensive and the syllabus can make any bank book seem empty. You can stream non-fiction and study books for a fixed monthly price. At the same time, the app has a wide range of functions that make your study life easier: bookmarks, folders and source references to name just a few.
Several options for students, from price matching on textbooks and syllabus lists to the possibility of selling your used textbooks. However, you must be a member of premium study to be able to take advantage of most of the benefits. Speaking of which, used textbooks are also a hit among students. You can find them on facebook via study-specific groups.
Take advantage of the free unemployment insurance fund for students. As a student, you can join an unemployment fund completely free of charge.
If you join an unemployment insurance fund no later than one year before completing your education, you are entitled to unemployment benefits. In addition to the unemployment fund, most unemployment funds also have a number of other benefits that you can make use of. Many unemployment funds offer, for example, a personal career adviser if you become unemployed, so that you can get help in finding the right job. You can also sign up for workshops so you can learn how to write a razor-sharp application and cv. In other words, it is good business to join an unemployment fund while you are still a student.
Replace the café with studenterhuset or your own food club
When the study starts, the books must be looked after – but so must the friends. Study usually comes with a network that you want to spend time on, and it’s easy to fall into the expensive trap of meeting in a cafe. Instead, you can meet in your student house, where you can often get both cheap coffee and cheap drinks, and at the same time you can be lucky to run into student friends you haven’t seen for a long time.
In addition to meeting over a hot cafe latté in the studenterhuset, you can also gather your best friends from the university and replace the café visits with your own food club. This can take place, for example, by you taking turns each week to invite the others home for dinner. Decide together on a maximum amount the host must contribute – and then you can help with the food ! It’s super nice to get together for home-cooked food, and it costs a fraction of what a visit to a café costs.
Remember the bike!
If you live in the city where your study is located, it can be a big advantage to take the bike instead of the bus. This creates air in the budget – even if you only take the bike a few times a week. A travel card or single tickets quickly eat up a lot of money in the budget, so it is worth considering ditching the bus. With the bicycle, you are not dependent on the train running on time or whether your bus shows up. So just hop on the iron horse and get a free round of exercise.