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Travel

Make sure you know all the travel options available to you, and work out the best route to your campus.

Some helpful hints:

  • Get a 16–25 student railcard; this will save you 33% off all rail fares
  • Buy annual or season tickets rather than tickets for every bus or tram ticket
  • Buy bicycle offer a 10% discount and buy-back scheme for students
  • You can buy a discounted annual or termly Unirider through The Union MMU by your Met Card, Cash or Card.

Visit the Student Travel website for further details on all of the above and more information about transport in Manchester and Cheshire.

Time management

Managing your time is an important part of University, as you want to make the most of your time while you’re here. Learning to balance your studies, extra-curricular activities and your social life can be challenging. Many students keep a diary to manage commitments, some prefer electronic diaries or calendars and others prefer hardcopy – find out what works best for you. See the sample checklist below of what you may want to include in your diary:

  • Assignment deadlines
  • Lectures, seminars and tutorials
  • Paid work/employment
  • Student society events/workshops
  • Sports Wednesdays
  • Weekends away.

Online study skills support is also available to you once you are enrolled, through the Skills Online area in Moodle. Skills Online features interactive resources on a range of study skills topics, including ‘Balancing the Pressures of University’.

Budgeting

Getting your loan may seem exciting at first, but it’s important to make your loan last throughout the year. Budget properly before, and you will avoid getting into too much debt when it’s too late.

Some tips and tricks to save yourself some money:

  • Account for accommodation cost, food and general living expenses (toiletries, bills, shopping and travel). Once you have done this, you can work out how much you have left for your social life
  • Try to find casual or part-time work that you can fit around studies as early as possible for some extra money on top of your loan
  • For more information, tips and how to draw up your own plan visit our money tips for new students.

Cooking on a budget: top tips for student eating

Don’t skip breakfast

First things first, eat breakfast. Breakfast will give you energy, curb mid-morning hunger pangs and drive your concentration in 9am lectures. Try a cheap, healthy breakfast like muesli with added nuts, fruit and dark chocolate. As a savoury option, try an omelette: throw your favourite veggies, preferred cheese and 2-3 beaten eggs in a pan and cook for 5-10 mins lightly, and then pop it in the oven until it’s crispy on top. Eggs are good for memory and cognitive performance, so they make the perfect meal before revising.

Breakfast lovers check out MetMUnch for more recipes and free #BreakfastClub events.

Go for the fruit

Dashing between classes? Fruit on the go will fill you up and is cheap to buy around campus. If you’re feeling hungry after dinner, blend some of your favourites with some fat-free yoghurt and/or milk as a healthy, affordable dessert.

Cook in bulk

It’s handy to remember cooking in bulk can save you time and money. Try cooking a large batch of bolognese, soup, pasta or a paella style dish. Buy a large flat-bottomed pan to maximise the surface area, so you can cook in bulk easily and make some for lunch the next day. Freeze the rest in separate portions as quick, easy dinners for those late nights at the library or for when you don’t fancy cooking. Easy!

Believe it or not: cooking can be easy

The lure of takeaways is strong at first, but the initial delight of oily kebabs for tea will only last so long and you may find the bills are starting to add up. If you plan meals with weekly shops and cut impulse buys, it will help manage your loan.

Cooking dinner doesn’t have to be difficult or take much time. Try MetMUnch’s BBQ chicken fajitas: you won’t look at takeaways the same again. If you’re a sweet lover, try their Blueberry Oat Pancakes.

For some tips on quick, nutritous and delicious meals try Easy Student Recipes.

Don’t food shop when hungry

Remember: don’t shop with your stomach. Make sure you have a shopping list to focus your spending. Some good tips to save money: go in the evening as supermarkets will often reduce prices on food close to their sell-by dates, be mindful of your food budget as your shopping and freeze almost anything to make it last a lot longer (loafs of bread, meat or fish, even spaghetti bolognaise).

Check out @MetMUnch on Twitter and Instagram or online for food inspiration and more tips.

Part-time work

Find a part-time job

Earn some extra money alongside your studies as well as gaining valuable work experience to add to your CV. Come along to the Part Time Jobs Fairs in Manchester and Cheshire to find out about the variety of work available to you and speak to employers looking to recruit students.

As a Manchester Met student, you can search and apply for 100s of part-time jobs, internships and work experience through My Career Hub. We recommend that you only work 10–15 hours per week alongside your degree. To start your job search, simply login using your student ID and password.

Get paid work on campus

Get paid flexible work in roles such as Student Ambassador, Peer Mentor or Residential Advisor. Jobs4Students offers Manchester Met students, temporary on-campus job opportunities throughout the University in a wide range of roles. You can take a look at all of our current vacancies, find out how other students have benefitted from working through Jobs4Students and register now online.

Receive feedback on your CV

There are a number of ways you can get feedback on your CV ready to start your job search.

Careers and Employability run a daily drop-in, 1pm – 4pm in the Employability Hub, Business School Building where you can receive expert advice around your CV, LinkedIn profile and applications.

You can also access advice at any time, even if you are off campus, online through Ask Careers a Question.