Although money is not the most important thing in life, it helps us enjoying life. And when moving to a new country it’s natural you’ll face many unexpected expenses and that your social life empties your bank account. For that reason, I made a list of things that might help you saving some money during your Erasmus experience and making the best out of it!
- Learn how to do grocery shopping
The thing is that depending on where you live, the prices in the supermarket will vary a lot.
Some stuff will be more expensive than in your home country and some will be cheaper. So, you basically need to learn how to do grocery shopping all over again.
For example, in Italy, not only pasta is cheaper, but there’s also a much wider variety of pasta and pre-made sauces. For that reason, I have been eating a lot of pasta since I arrived here.
Possibly I won’t be able to stand pasta after I leave this country, but that’s another problem.
2. Learn how to cook
This one works for everyone. Students or not. And in any part of the world.
If you wanna take it to the next level, you may also start meal prep.
But even only knowing the basics, you will be able to survive without getting bankrupt.
Try and look on the internet or ask your new friends for some local recipes. It may be fun and as it’s commonly done by locals, the ingredients are likely not to be very expensive.
3. Drink at home
I have never been a big drinker, but it’s common knowledge that university students usually drink a lot. And it’s also common knowledge that alcohol is expensive. ⠀
Even if you go to a cheap country for that like Portugal (there you can easily get a beer for 1€ 😉 ), you’ll see your bank account going down as your social life goes up. ⠀
But ᴡhat about, instead of hitting the bar with your friends at the end of the day, don’t you invite them over and suggest everyone brings some drinks. ⠀
Or, instead of hitting the bar to ᴡarm-up before the party, why don’t you gather together in somebody’s place for pre-drink and then you leave the place in party mode already?⠀
This ᴡill help you saving a lot of money ᴡithout compromising your experience 😉 ⠀
4. Get your ESN card
The first thing you should do when arriving in your Erasmus destination is to visit the ESN office and get your ESN card. You can find all the information about this on the social media accounts and websites of ESN.
This gives you access to many discounts.
As I love travelling, my favourite discounts were Ryanair, FlixBus and Omio ones.
For more information visit: https://esncard.org/getcard
5. Share a room
Since I started Uni in my home country, I’ve always lived in a residence and I’ve always shared a room.
As I was coming to Padova to write my thesis I thought it would be a better idea to have a room just for myself.
This is one of the things I regret. Not only it is more expensive, but it’s also a sad experience for somebody who was used to be always surrounded by people at home.
(Not only I used to share my room, but I also used to share the kitchen with 17 other girls).
During all those years sharing a room, I’ve had some bad roommates, but I’ve also met very cool people.
Sharing a room may not be for everyone, but if you’re willing to be a little bit flexible, it is a chance to save money and (maybe) build a very special relationship with your buddy.