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Students – are you paying more than you should?

Whether you’re starting afresh as a fresher, or returning after a summer break, if you're off to university this month, make sure you’re taking advantage of some easy savings.

There are some things that students just don’t need to pay for, and there are plenty of discounts you can claim too. Follow these tips so there’s more money in your pocket for the essentials.

You don’t need to pay Council Tax

If everyone in your property is a full-time student, there’s no Council Tax charge. You can still get a discount if the household is mixed.

Cut the cost of health

From free/discounted prescriptions to dentist costs and sight tests, students can often save some decent cash. Some of these savings are dependent on where you live and your income, but you can apply for an HC1 form to help cover the costs.

Claim back tax from your summer or part-time job         

If you were working in the summer or have a part-time job during term time, you won’t need to pay tax if you earn less than £10,600 a year.

However it’s likely that you will have it taken from your payslip each payday. This means you’ll need to reclaim it at the end of each financial year.

Pay less when you travel

You can get a 16-25 Railcard which will save you a third on rail fares. The only exception is if you travel before 10am, when a £12 minimum charge applies.

Check out your local bus and metro systems to see if they have additional cards or season tickets just for students. For example, if you study or live in London, you are eligible for a card that gives third off fares on tubes, buses and trams.

Save on the high street and online

Though you can often get discounts with your student ID, you’ll get many more with an NUS Card.

If you plan to go abroad at all, it might be worth upgrading to an International Student Identification Card (ISIC) for student benefits and discounts in over 130 countries.

Some shops offer additional discounts if you sign up to MyUniDays.

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