I have written this blog because I believe and know that the students in Denmark find the country too expensive to live in – including me.
When you are a student, there are actually a lot of expenses – you have to buy books, pay your rent, be social, party and last but not least buy new clothes. Besides that your rent is twice as expensive when you live in a bigger city as Aarhus or Copenhagen.
In January 2014 I finished my bachelor’s degree and for the first time in 24 years I tried not to be on SU (The State Education Fund) – What a fantastic and great feeling. In line of that I want to share how I got through the life as a student without accumulating any debts.
Below I list up the most important things I can recommend for students:
1. Try to get a JOB:
Most students in Denmark spend on average 28 hours on schoolwork during the week – what about the last 9 hours? An ordinary person works 37 hours per week and I know that all students can do the same if they just stop being lazy. Therefore I would like to encourage you to seek a part time job. Then you also have the possibility to save some of your earnings and use it for all the unforeseen expenses.
2. Make a budget
When the month begins, try to make a budget – We all know how easy it is to do impulse shopping and you end up with a lot of stuff you don’t really need. So make a budget with all your earnings and costs. Then you make sure that you only buy things you are able to.
3. Social security benefit
As a student in Denmark you have the right to get rent subsidy. It only require that you make an application and apply to the office of rent subsidy. One thing you have to become aware of, is that the process usually can be slow and time consuming. But in the end it is very valuable – you may end up getting as much as DKK 985 each month. What’s not to like?
4. Find good bargains and the right stores
When shopping, look for special bargains or two-for-one campaigns. If you remember that every time you go shopping, you will save more money that you ever imagined.
To help you out I list up the best stores for fashion on a student budget. Visit these stores and no one will know that your outfit didn’t cost a fortune.
Hennes & Mauritz – a true and cheap fashion paradise!
Right know, I bet that the greater part of my wardrobe is from H&M:-D. You are able to find everything you might want in H&M, whether you are looking for a trendy item or a classic piece. All their pieces are truly fashionable because of their amazing collaborations with celebrities and fashion designers.
&CO – another paradise
&CO has, like H&M, EVERYTHING you might want– from sparkly dresses and fashionable tops to jeans, scarves, and even shoes! Even if you don’t have a &CO store in your area, don’t worry – everything is available online here <– Just another reason to love them.
5. Party on Thursdays
Instead of going out on weekends, try to party on Thursdays (NB! Only possible if you don’t have lessons Friday morning;-)). Everyday parties are usually half the price as the weekends and can be just as fun.
6. Use your mind – try to give up your bad habits at least on ordinary days.
I believe that everyone has at least one bad habit. Maybe you smoke, party every weekend or buy your favourite coffee too often. Whatever it is, just try to cut down
7. Online purchase
Shopping online is a wonderful way to save time and money. Internet shops often have great sales and many have even free shipping offers. Another good tip is to sign up for email newsletters from your favourite stores. They often contain special offers.
8. Buy Second-hand books for school
Buying schoolbooks is very costly. Instead of buying new ones, purchase them from used bookstores or previous students. You will save a lot of money – believe me, I speak from experience.
9. Eat cheap
Eat boring rye bread or catch up with your friends – together you can make a cheap and nice dinner. If you want to go out, remember that restaurants and many other stores will offer discounts if you just show your student ID.
I hope that my “tips” will help you save some money while you are studying in DenmarkJ.
Have a good day everyone