Food, Travel and Course Hints and Tips

•Try to cut down on takeaways and cook with your housemates to lower the cost.

•Make your own packed lunch - it's cheaper than buying food on campus.

•The website mysupermarket helps you find the best deals on products from across four major supermarkets.

•Give economy value brands a go - supermarketownbrandguide lists independent taste tests on thousands of economy products, giving you the prices and a score out of ten.

•If you have generous parents, ask them to get you a supermarket 'meal ticket' - your parents can load up the card and make sure you always have funds to buy your food and groceries. Ask at your nearest major supermarket for more details.


•16-25 Railcard: Costing £30 for a one-year railcard or £70 for the three-year option, the 16-25 Railcard gives you a third off rail travel in the UK, as well as other partner discounts. It's also available to over-26’s who are in full-time education.

Student Oyster Photo card: If you're studying full-time in London, you may want to buy a discounted version of the Oyster card, the Student Oyster Photo card. Costing £20, it gives a 30% discount on Travel card and Bus Pass season tickets (covering periods of between one week and one year). However, it does not offer discounts on Pay As You Go (PAYG) fares.

•Young Persons Coach card: National Express offers a Coach card to anyone aged 16 to 26, as well as to full-time students over 26. It gives a third off standard fares (excluding Eurolines) and costs £10 a year (plus £1.50 postage and packing). 

Course costs

•Use the excellent UCL libraries on campus - it's free and there is a comprehensive short-loan section. The library service offers a range of services and gives you the opportunity to renew your books by logging into your UCL account from anywhere.

•Discuss your reading list with tutor to identify the key textbooks you are likely to need.

•Research the internet for the cheapest prices for books and equipment. Remember, places such as eBay and Amazon may offer some of the books on your reading list and equipment at a competitive price.

•Remember that you will need to pay for any photocopying or printing that you do. Credit can be applied and used from your University ID card using the charge terminals at the main library, science library, DMS Watson building and even online.

•It is not essential that you buy a laptop, as the University has over 750 PCs in 30 computer workrooms across campus that will allow you to access a wide range of network resources.