11 expensive things students just don't need

Studentbeans.com tries to help students get everything they need - free stuff, huge discounts and unbeatable money saving advice, for example. But in thinking about what students do need, it's only natural that we'd try to identify the things they can do without. What are the unnecessary drains on their already shallow finances?

Martin Lewis, flanked by eager student money-savers

Why students shouldn’t fear fees

As Head of Student Recruitment at Edge Hill University and Chair of the Higher Education Liaison Officers Association (HELOA), I talk to a lot of students and young people about facing the prospect of £9,000 tuition fees for the first time – and you may be surprised that my response is usually to try and encourage them not to worry about it.

What bank account should you get as a student? There are so many options

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Most banks will have cards that can be used at any hole in the wall/ATM, as long as it has the Link logo on it

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Living as a student can be an expensive affair. Perhaps you're sick of simply cutting corners with your spending, and bored of eating beans every night - you want to actually earn some money! Here are some ideas to get you started.

Take time to find the best student bank account to get the most out of your money

You're in charge of your cash

Keeping a rein on your spending is hard when you've never really had to before.

Before a night out on the town, withdraw your spending money then leave your card at home

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A little self-restraint can go a long way when it comes to managing your money

New student finance rules have had students worrying about their loans and loan terms

Student finance: The debt debate

University tuition fees are on the rise – but what impact will this have on new students?

Working in a part-time job while studying for your degree can help pay for your social life

Student finance: A little work goes a long way

Getting a job at university can make all the difference, just don't forget to study

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You'll miss that smartphone or laptop if they're gone – so it pays to get them insured

Student finance: Prepare yourself to really enjoy Uni

Learn to manage your finances before leaving home and you’ll find it much easier to balance your studies and social life

Travel cards like London's Oyster card - or the 16-25 railcard - are really useful for saving money

Top 10 brilliant student money saving tips

You're a student, so you're poor: The two go hand-in-hand. And if you will keep spending all your money on booze and fags... You know what? We are worried about you. So worried that we've put together the 10 best money-saving tips for students.

Buying rounds can damage your wallet

The six worst money-wasting danger zones

These 'danger zones' are situations where it's incredibly easy to waste money. Hopefully, after reading this, wasting money in these ways will become a thing of the past. The difference to your bank balance will be nothing short of revolutionary.

Professional and Career Development Loans – what’s the deal?

The future is looking bleak for this year’s graduates. With youth unemployment at a record high, the number of university leavers dashing in the direction of post-graduate study has risen sharply.

Students at the University of Birmingham are among those who push the city to the top of the buy-to-let league

Top 10 hot spots for student accommodation

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