How students can prepare for a cold winter

The high cost of living in the UK affects everyone and students living on a low fixed income may suffer more than most. The National Union of Students (NUS) suggests that the average costs for those in full time education come to an average of £10,133 a year. However, this figure doesn’t take fuel or food into consideration, so how can you prepare for a cold winter with the little money left over?
Halls vs. private rentals
Most students start their first years of university in halls of residence. These are usually well built and insulated and fuel bills form part of the rent. Communal kitchens can cut down on living costs and this is partially why this option is usually recommended for those who are away from home for the first time in their lives. Life changes dramatically once you move off campus into privately rented accommodation, as you will have to put money aside for heating and lighting. You should also bear in mind that a lot of the property that is rented out to students is old and may have blasts of cold air blowing through the cracks.
Make sure your bedroom is warm
Whether you use your bedroom for studying or relaxing, you’ll want to ensure that this room is as cosy as possible. Invest in a feather duvet and have a look at luxury bed throws. You can always put a throw over your shoulders should you attempt to cut down your heating costs. You can also ask the homeowner if they’ve taken advantage of any of the government’s green deals so that the house can be insulated sufficiently, as this will cut down on heating bills.
Eat well for warmth and energy
You don’t have to spend a fortune on food in order to eat well. Most supermarkets have discount shelves and if your house is near a market, see if they reduce the cost of fruit and vegetables at the end of the day. Eating communally can cut down costs. A warm, thick soup can be just as nutritious as a fried breakfast from your local ‘greasy spoon’. In order to study you will need to keep your calories up, especially because if you’re hungry you won’t be able to concentrate on your studies. Most students burn the candle at both ends and in order to keep up with a hectic study timetable and a vibrant social life you must make sure that your body isn’t running on empty.
Clothing for the cold
You’ll find that the average rent for a student house will come to around £300 plus per month.  Another way of dealing with the cold is to invest in some warm nightwear and other clothing. Wellington boots have had a makeover and are perfect for staying stylish in snowy and rainy weather, as long as you’re wearing thick socks to keep your feet warm. Fleeces and other warm items of clothing are essential. If you go out clubbing, wrap up for the journey in a good quality coat to ensure that you are protected from the cold. A fur hat is an optional extra!