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The cost of living in Bognor Regis as a student and how to save money

Student life can be rather expensive, and it can be difficult to budget whilst at university. Household bills, books, food, rent and socialising all racks up, and can end up costing you quite a lot. However, if you make sure to spend within your limits, it can save you from money worries whilst studying. It will also ensure you have some extra cash to make the most of your time at university.

To get the most out of your time in Bognor Regis, you need to get out and see what’s on offer in the sea-side town. Socialising can become quite expensive, so it is important to look out for student deals, and discounts on eating out, cinemas, gigs and more.

Below are some general tips for students to help you save money whilst out and about in Bognor Regis:

  1. Go for cheap eats. Research and choose restaurants that are less expensive; there are plenty of places that serve good food, but don’t cost a fortune. Also check to see whether restaurants have a student discount before going out to eat. Don’t forget your valid student ID!
  2. Organise a free or cheap day out. There are lots of options for free days out in Bognor Regis, such as going for a wander in Hotham Park, Marine Park Gardens or West Park, taking a trip to the beach with a picnic, or biking alongside it. The South Downs also are close by and make for a beautiful, scenic day out. If the weather isn’t great, Bognor Regis Museum is free for students making excellent cultural options to visit on a budget.
  3. Get a 16-25 rail card. When visiting friends, or heading back home, this can help you save 1/3 on train travel straight away. If you book your train tickets in advance, you can also save a lot!
  4. Create a Unidays account or buy a TOTUM student card. These can get you lots of different discounts, not just in restaurants, but in lots of shops, online as well as on the high-street. Remember to check if they do before buying anything!
  5. Look out for student subscriptions. Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Prime all offer student subscriptions to their services, so if you use any of these, make sure you’re not paying full price. You can also get a student membership at many gyms, so check out which ones offer this before signing up.

Utilities bills can also be a big expense for students, that they may not have considered back home, such as gas and electricity. Those living in Bognor Regis spend £1,892 per year on average on gas and electricity*. We’ve outlined some ways you can save money on utility bills below.

Electricity prices in Bognor Regis and how to save

People living in Bognor spend on average £121 a month on electricity*.

A good place to start is cutting your electricity usage, ensuring you save money on your electricity bill. You can do this by making a few small changes:

  1. Use energy-saving LED lightbulbs, rather than regular halogen or fluorescent ones, as these use a lot less energy.
  2. Use a price comparison site such as Compare the Market to get the best price for your electricity. Even if you are renting, you can discuss switching supplier with your letting agent or landlord to see if it will save you some money.
  3. Use a smart meter from your energy provider. These can be installed for free, and help you track your electricity usage and provide accurate meter readings.
  4. Turn off appliances and electronics when you’re not using them, at the mains socket instead of leaving them on standby.

Gas prices in Bognor Regis and how to save

£43 a month on gas* is spent on average by residents of Bognor Regis. It’s easy to save money on your gas bill:

  1. Batch cook your meals, perhaps together with your housemates, to eat throughout the week so you’re not using gas every night. If you’re using the oven, cook multiple meals at once, or share the load with housemates.
  2. Wear warmer clothes and extra layers during the colder winter months. This will help you to avoid using central heating all the time in your student house.
  3. If you do need to use central heating, put it on a timer for mornings and evenings, so that isn’t on all day warming up the house whilst you’re in class.

Water prices in Bognor Regis and how to save

In each area of the country, water bills are covered by a single supplier. In Bogor Regis, your water supplier is Southern Water.

To pay for your water, you can either pay by standard tariff, or by water meter. A standard tariff requires you to pay a fixed amount, whereas you pay for what you use with a water meter. The latter is a good opportunity to save some money, by making some small changes to reduce the amount of water you use.

This can be done by:

  1. Limiting showers to around 5 minutes. You and your housemates can easily buy a waterproof shower time to make sure that everyone sticks to this.
  2. Turning the tap off whilst you’re brushing your teeth.
  3. Filling up the washing machine, instead of washing half a load. This will save water, as well as money. If you’re short on clothes, it might be a good idea to join with a housemate to fill it up!
  4. Filling kettles, pans, and jugs with cold water when running the tap for hot water. This means that the cold water isn’t wasted, and instead can be used for cooking, drinking, or perhaps watering plants.

Broadband and TV in Bognor Regis and how to save

When looking for TV and broadband, it’s good to note that although providers like Sky and Virgin charge monthly fees, Freeview boxes allow you to watch a huge number of channels for free.

It therefore might be good to get a broad-band only contract, to get the cheapest option. Getting the best deal on your broadband is easy if you follow these simple tips:

  1. Use a price comparison site to compare different deals and find the best and cheapest one for you.
  2. Watch out for any deals or special offers that are usually available.

Consider whether you really need ultra-fast or fibreoptic broadband, which is often much more expensive. It’s good to remember that the advertised fastest broadband speed isn’t always the true speed that you will get.

TV Licence in Bognor Regis and how to save

You legally need to have a TV license if you or your housemates watch, o record TV programs on the TV, online or download on demand shows. If you do not have one, it is possible to be fined up to £1,000.

Rather than spending £154.40 a year for a TV license, there are lots of other cheaper options:

  1. Watch Netflix, or something similar, which doesn’t need a TV licence. At only £5.99 a month it can save you around £82 a year.
  2. YouTube has so much great content, including series and documentaries for free

Or, if you do want to watch the TV, spread the cost of your license throughout the year by paying through direct debit.

 

*Data provided by Compare the Market, calculated using the average spend of households over a 6 month period from 1st August 2018 – 31st Jan 2019.