1. Write a student budget
At uni, it’s tempting to go on a Euro summer vaycay during the mid-year break, and attend every event during O-week. All these fun things cost money, so a budget could really help you live your best uni life. Things to think about include your monthly income and fixed expenses like food, transport, rent and bills. Then you can see what’s left for on-campus, treat-yourself moments. Our in-app budgeting tool, Free2Spend, could help with this.
2. Earn money while you study
Holding a job while battling a busy timetable can be hard – we get that. That’s where casual and part-time jobs come in handy. They’re a good source of regular income, and also allow you some time to focus on uni work.
Start on campus — student jobs are super convenient with managers who are sympathetic to an ever-shifting timetable. Your uni’s website could be a great place to look to find local casual and part-time gigs.
3. Save money as a student
There’s no group more represented in the world of discounts than uni students. Take advantage of the saving hacks while you can:
- Flaunt your student card: Travel agents, cinemas, cafes, restaurants and bars often have great student discounts. Sites like Unidays and Student Edge have all the information on what’s available. Make sure whenever you leave the house, you’ve got your student ID handy!
- Avoid new textbooks: They’re one of the biggest ongoing expenses for any student and second-hand books are usually just as good. Don’t forget you can buy and sell used ones on sites like Student VIP!
- Hit the groups: Nearly every uni has a student-run buy/sell Facebook group. Come for the second-hand goods, stay for the locals-only memes.
Pro tip: Sign up for a USaver Ultra transaction account and you could unlock our awesome bonus variable interest rate on your linked USaver savings account*. Check out the full bonus interest eligibility criteria here.
4. Save money as a student without working
If working isn’t an option, there’s a range of government assistance packages to keep you going. Here’s a few examples:
- Youth Allowance: Financial help for full-time students under-25
- AusStudy: Financial help for full-time students over-25
- ABSTUDY: Financial help for Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander students and apprentices
Depending on the amount you're qualified to receive, these could help boost your savings while studying. And if you move to another city to study, you might even be eligible for a living away from home allowance. They do however come with their own set of restrictions, especially if you start earning a separate income. Visit the Department of Human Services for more info.
5. Consider a student scholarship
Not just for the sporty and the smart, scholarships provide financial assistance to a range of students from diverse backgrounds. Some offer lump sums to spend as you need to, while others cover more specific expenses like textbooks, tuition or accommodation.
Most uni's provide unique scholarship opportunities (with no application fees), so check the website or student help desk. There are usually hundreds — if not thousands — on offer. A lot to gain and nothing to lose if you just apply and see what’s on offer.
Studying at uni is an awesome time in your life, and you should enjoy all the perks and social experiences that come with it. Follow our tips and stay mindful of your goals to help keep you on track with spending and saving. Also, do your bit in group assignments — it's just good karma.
*Simply deposit at least $200 each month into your USaver Ultra transaction account or your linked USaver savings account from a non-UBank account (for example your salary). The bonus variable interest will then be applied to balances in your USaver savings account (and not your Ultra transaction account) the following calendar month. Remember, you’ll need to ensure that the total balance across all your USaver and USaver Ultra accounts (including joint accounts but not SMSF accounts) does not exceed $200,000 to be eligible for the bonus interest.