The top 5 subscriptions every fresher needs
So it's summer yet again, and the last one before many students will be moving to university to become the new fresh meat.
Well, what's next? Don't worry, this won't be a list of blatantly obvious things to take to university, like pots and pans. Instead, this is a 'carefully formulated' list of — from my own experience — the best subscriptions every fresher needs.
I can honestly say I don't know where I would be without this gem in my life. For those of you who live for music like me and have headphones constantly attached to you, or if you happen to be the designated DJ at any 'sesh', then you need to get this subscription.
With Spotify Premium, you can get all the music you want, make playlists, play music offline and the best part of all, no adverts. Who wants to be that person who plugs in their tunes, only to have an irritating advert after three songs.
This subscription only costs £4.99 a month. All you have to do is make an account, put in your university and pay for the first instalment, then jam away. This offer is superb for new students not wanting to fork out a lot of money for music from app stores.
This may not be an official subscription, but you will reap the cash saving benefits if you sign up for Youth Discount. This website is a marketplace for discounts at all your favourite shops. From food to beauty to travel, you can save money left, right and centre.
These discounts come in the form of codes which you can copy into a stores website if you are buying something. Just be aware that these codes will expire after a certain amount of time, so be quick! It doesn't just stop at saving money though, you can also get a bunch of freebies. This includes everything from fitness classes to washing tablets.
All you have to do is create an account, which can also be done through Facebook, add in your University and then start saving those sweet pennies.
3: NUS Extra
Ordered your #nusextra card before the Holidays? We have received a couple recently so come by the Guild's office in Summer Row if you wish to collect it and start saving! Those wishing to get a card of their own, register for it by visiting their website at https://cards.nusextra.co.uk/ Whilst there check out all the discounts they offer ? #studentdiscount #ucbguild #universitycollegebirmingham
This one is not an app, but a handy little card that grants you access to even more discounts. The NUS Extra card spans from beauty to books to food. The National Union of Students lets students, starting from college and sixth form level, apply for an account in order to buy a card.
You can find them on their website and get either a one, two or three-year card, each one a bit more expensive than the other. Even so, they are still super cheap, starting from £12, and you can make that money back in no time with all the cash you will be saving.
The NUS website outlines shops that this card can be used for, just show your card at the checkout. It also works on many websites, with an option to put in your card details and get an instant discount.
If you prefer the online shopping scene, this subscription will do you just fine. Everyone has heard of Amazon, but many students overlook Prime Student. Many soon-to-be freshers will be running around trying to get all of their university essentials, but instead, you can just order them all from Amazon.
All you need is an account, go to the Prime section and select Prime Student. This subscription lets you get unlimited one-day delivery and access to Prime music and video. You can also get exclusive deals on student items like stationary.
This subscription is free for six months, which is great for getting all those last minute bits and bobs for your new digs, with free one-day delivery. After this trial period, you can unsubscribe or pay for more. Because it's for students, it's half price which makes it around £39 a year.
Of course, you know what Netflix is, who doesn't? You may even have an account already, but for those who don't, I highly recommend it. Lots of student accommodation lacks a TV and even if they do have one, you need a licence, which is pricey. A way around this is to subscribe to a streaming service. Netflix's repertoire of TV shows and films has been the best it has ever been, so there's something for everyone.
There are no student discounts for Netflix, but it does give you one month free to try it out. After that, it is only £5.00 a month, which is a steal for all the content you get with it. It can be watched on multiple devices like laptops, iPads and even phones if you have the app.
If you are a bit cheeky like me and can convince someone who already has an account to let you use their Netflix, then you can get it for free (thanks Mum). But, don't let it be a distraction from your studies, no matter how much you want to watch The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air for the 18th time, your university work is more important.
If you are one of the many taking the big leap up to university this September, hopefully, these subscriptions will help you save money as well as make your student life a little bit easier.