Cost of Living: 5 ways to save money while at university

For many of you, the rising cost of living will be having an unprecedented effect on your finances. In this blog, we hope to highlight a few ways you can save money and make your living experience more comfortable whilst studying at the University of Exeter.

Super Savour Kitchen

Even if you’re living in catered halls, you’ll need lunch. If you’d like a nutritious and sustainable hot meal that costs less than £3, look no further than the Super Savour Kitchen in DevonshireImage of The Super Savour Menu for jacket potatoes, priced as £2.99 with a topping. House (DH2). A regular-changing Dish of the Day (think cottage pie, pasta bakes and curries) and pastries cost just £2, while omelettes and jacket potatoes with a variety of great toppings and a side of salad can be bought for £2.99.

You can also find jacket potatoes and soups on a Super Savour menu in La Touche and Cross Keys.

Cheaper Coffee

Get coffee for just £1.25 at a Barisca self-serve machine, located in Market Place Forum and St David’s Shop. Help yourself to a range of regular-sized coffees using your own reusable cup or a takeaway cup for an additional 40p.

Too Good To Go

With the Too Good To Go app, you can buy unsold food from a variety of restaurants and supermarkets in Exeter, including the University’s Market Place, at a much lower price. Morrisons, for example, offers a Magic Bag containing £10 worth of items for £3.09.

You won’t know the exact contents of your bag until you’ve bought it, but everything is labelled clearly and depending on which business you buy a bag from, you could receive packaged food, fresh ingredients to make your own dishes or even hot meals.

Meal Package Card

If you’re a self-catered student who spends long days on Streatham campus and would like to eat at our catered residences, you can!

With a Meal Package Card, you’ll get 7 freshly made meals during term time for just £36.00, whether you’re craving a full English breakfast, katsu curry for dinner (plus a side dish and dessert) or weekend brunch. No cooking or washing up involved.

Unsure if you’ll like the meals? You’re also welcome to turn up and pay as you go.

To buy your Meal Package Card, visit the University’s Online Store.

Student Art Pass

If you love art, history and science, a Student Art Pass could be for you. For just £5 a year, you’ll have free entry to hundreds of museums and galleries across the UK, as well as 50% off major exhibitions. In select places, including the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, the Art Pass can get you 10% off café and gift shop items too.

Additionally, you’ll gain access to paid arts opportunities and creative competitions and be able to join the #WeAreArtful community to grow your network.

If you’re planning a day trip with friends to somewhere a short train or bus ride away – and don’t forget you’re entitled to a third off train tickets if you have a 16-25 Railcard – you can visit the following places for free or at a reduced price with the Art Pass:

  • Powderham Castle
  • Teignmouth and Shaldon Museum
  • Ugbrooke House & Gardens
  • Knightshayes
  • Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life

To discover what’s on and where else you could go, click here.

To purchase your Student Art Pass, click here.

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