Of course I would start this post with something food related, it's me! I noticed when I first moved into my own place I was spending a lot of money just buying random bits of food from Asda as it was down the road. Or I'd spontaneously buy random bits and never check what I had in to start with. When I started to shop online and the minimum spend was £40 it was a lot easier to keep track of what I was buying as well as plan meals whilst I was doing it. Although I also realised buying fresh stuff didn't really work for me and I would often find it went out of date, freezer stuff like vegetables, pizzas and then cupboard stuff like soup and pasta sauces worked well for me.
It Is OK to borrow money sometimes:
When you're a university student getting a job is always a plus, being a student is super expensive and there is a reason why students have the broke title because we basically always are. Sometimes even with a part time job, living can get in the way. I remember in my old house massive electric bills would come out at the worst time. When you really need to money for a bill or something urgent and you know you are getting money relatively soon, it is ok to borrow money from places like Quick Loans or Auto Advance. Borrowing money from short term lenders is something that can actually help when you're in a sticky situation. Obviously you have to have some kind of earnings in the first place to be accepted. But having a part time job and being student isn't always enough to cover the bills especially when it is an excepted one and you know it's a few days until your student loans/pay. Check out The Money Advice Service for more info on Payday loans.
Assignments first, fun later:
This is a big one for most university students, and I am one of the worst for doing this, but as great as having a social life is, it is important to get your deadlines done first. I am honestly one of those people who would go out have a good time before my deadlines were handed in and then would spend the next few days in proper panic mode and although my work did well, it was still an extra stress I could of avoided by taking more time to focus on my work in the first place!
Living with people is hard:
Honestly being a student has put me off ever living with my friends again, living with my housemates last year there was 5 of us, in a house not big enough for 3 of us. We got on each others nerves like no tomorrow even to the point where I don't speak to one of my housemates at all anymore. Although I nearly lost my best friend at the time it has made us stronger than ever before but living in that house made us all a bit crazy. Although it can be done, it is important to remember personal space is key and make sure the house is big enough for all of your needs.