Ways to save in your student house share

Wed, Sep 5, 2012

Budgeting, Financial Advice

As a student you’ll most likely be spending a lot of time housed up with other students. From your university halls in the first year, to a shared house in your second or third year, sharing is not only a great way to meet other people it’s also a hugely economical choice. There are plenty of ways to make sure your new student house share stays a stress-free adventure.

The Move

As a student, cost is always at the back of your mind. The DIY approach to moving house may involve a bit more graft but you’ll save a packet. Hiring a van is probably one of the best ways to keep costs down but make sure you have someone who feels confident driving a large vehicle.

The chances are that you won’t have a huge amount of stuff to pack in. Maybe you’ve accumulated plenty of essential starting-out items but nowhere near enough to fill a removal lorry. Renting a van is significantly cheaper than choosing a removal company or hiring a man with a van. You can get your friends to give you a hand, or better still, if you’re heading in similar directions you could share the cost of a van and petrol and help each other with all that heavy lifting. The benefit of having your own van is that you can make as many stops as you need along the way to pick up items from various locations. There are also no tight time constraints as you’re not paying removers by the hour.

Kitting Out Your House

One of the most expensive things about moving out of home is that you’re often starting from scratch and furniture is the most expensive aspect of filling a house. If your house isn’t fully furnished or you need a few bits to make it feel more homely then try checking out sites such as Freecycle or Gumtree. They can help you connect with people in your local area who are looking to give away unwanted items for free or at a small price. If you’re lucky you may find a bargain sofa or desk to get you started.

Share Your Weekly Shop

Ordering your weekly food shop online is a great way to save money and time. Group together and buy all those shared house essentials in bulk, then split the cost. You will save money in the long-term and you’ll avoid trudging to the supermarket and lugging tons of heavy bags back. If you get on well with your housemates why not suggest clubbing together for dinner ingredients a couple of nights a week? Take it in turns to cook up a big batch of food and if there’s any remaining, you can always freeze it to be eaten at a later date.

Melanie is a freelance writer and blogger, who always chooses National Car Van Hire to move on a budget.

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