stretch your student loan

Tips to stretch your student loan in Brighton (plus the best discounts!)

Your parents probably lectured you about money before you left for Uni and you zoned out and didn’t hear a thing. The NatWest Student Living Index 2018 showed that one third of students aren’t budgeting. But with over half of students being highly stressed over money management, is it worth being careless and adding to the stress of studying? If you can commit to following some simple tips to save the pennies whenever possible, you could go all term without having to see a single packet of instant noodles.

Know how much of your money you’ll need to pay your rent for the term and then make an estimate for what you’ll have to spend on all other essentials such as food, supplies for study, phone bill, travel costs, household supplies and anything that isn’t included in your rent e.g. electricity, Wi-Fi etc. Then you can see just how much money you can spend when and wherever you’d like, which when stuck to is far more freeing than fretting over whether you can afford that tin of beans a few months down the line in Poundland.

There are also discounts out there for you in every other store just for being a student. A NUS Extra card – now called TOTUM – can be purchased online where you can quickly make back the money spent on it through the discounts you’ll use. Another alternative, UNiDAYS, only requires you to sign up online. Always ask in stores whether they provide a discount, as sometimes it isn’t clearly advertised.

The chances of you breaking or losing your phone on a night out are likely. While it can be annoying to dish out more money on something you’ve already purchased, insurance is a must. Check whether your items are covered by your parents’ insurance plan if they have one, and if not, you can still cut the costs by grouping together with housemates to purchase your insurance plan.

Stick to weekly shopping and cook for yourself. Buying a quick meal on your way to and from classes is too easy – especially when you leave the store with a bag full of food after you only went in for noodles – but when it becomes a regular occurrence you’ll find that you’ve spent a small fortune. If you buy cheap ingredients every week and prep your own meals, you’ll not only be saving money but also picking up a new skill while you’re at it.

Make sure you shop wisely! Don’t believe the myths that branded food tastes better than that plain white box of bran flakes hiding in the corner of the store. Unbranded food is sometimes made in the same factory as branded, the only difference is the packaging and price. What time of day you shop also makes a difference. If you’re in need of a snack, then visit stores before they close. Items due to surpass their sell-by date are all marked down to cheaper than cheap prices.

North Laine

Dirty Harry Vintage 10% off with valid student card

The Cambridge Satchel Company – 10% with a valid university card or UNiDAYS

Bird and Blend 10%In-store

Brighton Guitars 5% offaccessories

Painting Pottery Cafe – 10% Sun – Fri – check-in on social media

White Rabbit Pub 10% on food & selected drinks, 3 for 2 on shots

Dukes at Komedia – £1 off with card o£20 student membership – 2 free tickets and 25% off everything

Shine hairdressing10% off Mon – Thurs 9-5pm

Cuttlefish Eco Salon – 10% everyday / 20% on Tuesdays

North Laine Hair Co Sun- Wed 20% off/ Thurs- Sat 10% off

Square Roots 20%offMon-Fri

Las Iguanas– Up to 40% off with TOTUM

Pizza Express30%Sun-Thurs with TOTUM

Gourmet Burger Kitchen– 25% with the GBK app

Yo! Sushi10%when you join the Yo! Love Club for students


Churchill Square, North Street and Western Rd 

Urban Outfitters, Topshop, Office, Schuh, New Look – 10% off with TOTUM/UNiDAYS

Waterstones– 10% with UNiDAYS

Superdrug– 10% with TOTUM

Bon Apetit– 10% with TOTUM

Yoga in the Lanes – 15% off membership and class cards

Real Patisserie– 10% with student card


Queen’s Road/ West Street

Revolution Bar (Vodka Revs) Student night on Wednesdays / £3 Salsa lessons Tues & Thurs

Odeon Cinemas Great value student tickets with discounts compared to adult prices (ID will be required), Supersaver prices for cheaper tickets during the day, TOTUM extra discount (25%) off the price of a standard 2D or 3D Student ticket. Visit NUS extra for more details 

Lazerzone – 10% Mon-Thurs with TOTUM / 20% with StudentBeans app (any day except Saturday) 


The Lanes

Cult Hero – 10% off

Trevor Sorbie Hairdressers Brighton20% off

Zizzi– 30% off all food with TOTUM

ASK Italian– Up to 40% off the bill with TOTUM

Lewes Road

Luna Deli Ltd – 10% off

Mojo Coffee House Lewes Road– 10% off

The Franklin Arms Pub & Kitchen – 10% off all food & selected drinks with valid university card

Co-Op– 10% off with TOTUM

Papa John’s Pizza – 25% off

iPhone Fixer£5 screen repair

The Gladstone – Discounts on drinks

Martha Gunn – Discounts on drinks

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