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Thrifty ways to save on a student budget

8 January 2018

While choosing to study is a big commitment, the potential benefits it can have on your future professional life and own personal growth can’t be overlooked. Still, living as a student in Australia can be expensive, especially when you’ve got less capacity to make money while you’re busy expanding your knowledge.

It’s time to get thrifty

Being a student doesn’t have to be the stereotypical ‘eating 2-minute noodles on a milk crate’ experience. By being a bit clever, you can still afford to take proper care of yourself…and enjoy the odd night out with friends. 

Reduce your rent: live with housemates

Renting, particularly in Australia’s capital cities, can be expensive. Depending on your situation, you might be able to live on campus, in a homestay or in a private rental. It’s usually a lot cheaper to rent with others than by yourself, so see if you can get some friends to rent with you.

Get discounts: use your student card

One of the best perks of being a student is that your education provider will usually issue you with a student card. This often entitles you to special student deals and offers. Think cheaper movie tickets, meals and healthcare. Make the most of student discounts while you can! 

Lower transportation costs: explore your travel options

Getting to and from your place of study can be quite costly. Petrol, parking, toll roads… it all adds up. Instead of driving, think about how else you could get there. Perhaps you can look at public transport options, or ride your bike. 

Dress to save: buy clothing off-season

Before buying a brand new jacket for winter, consider if you’ve got something in your wardrobe that will suffice for now. And then, if you’re still itching to spend some money, use the opportunity to buy off-season and get a head start on your summer clothes. If you desperately need some clothing for now, see what you can find at your local op shop – it’s amazing what great stuff people give away!

Socialise creatively: have fun for less

Staying social is important for your wellbeing, but consider how you can make seeing friends a cheaper and healthier experience. Instead of going out for dinner, invite friends over for a bring-and-share meal at your house. Instead of going out for brunch, invite friends out for a walk or jog. 

Stay on top of your finances

Setting up a personal budget can help you keep track of your costs and income and help ensure you have money set aside to cover expenses that unexpectedly arise. Our budget calculator is a great starting point. 

Suncorp’s Everyday Options Account can also help. There are no monthly account-keeping fees and you can create up to 9 sub-accounts for different savings goals. It's an easy, everyday bank account packed with extras to help you spend, save and budget better.


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