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Freshers’ week – check! New friends – check! Late for lectures – hopefully not! The first term of university is now in full flow, so you probably have a better idea about how the academic year is going to map out. With timetables, lectures and reading lists taking up your days, you might realise you need to pick up a few gadgets you possibly didn’t consider at the start of term.

Second hand gadgets

If you are considering purchasing new gadgets, do a rigorous search online to compare prices and offers first. Don’t rule out buying second hand as some products might be barely used, but if you do buy from sites such as eBay, Gumtree, Shpock, check the sellers’ reviews and try to buy a product that is still covered by warranty.

New gadgets

But if you can’t find what you’re looking for second hand, you might think about buying new instead. After all, there’s nothing like getting a brand new product, with its fresh packaging, warranty and most up to date software and programmes. Again, look online to find the best offers. Here are a few gadgets that won’t use up all your student loan.


Asus X553MA 15.6 Inch Celeron 4GB 1TB Laptop – Argos, £249.99

ACER Aspire ES1-331 13.3" Laptop – White – Currys PC World, £159.97

Toshiba Satellite C40-C-10K 14 inch Laptop Notebook (Intel Celeron N3050, 2GB RAM, 32GB eMMC, Intel HD Graphics) – Amazon, £199.99

Tablets and eReaders

Fire Tablet, 7" Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB (Black) –Amazon, £47.49

ASUS Google Nexus 7 7-inch Tablet (2GB RAM, 32GB eMMC) – Amazon, £136.80

All-New Kindle E-Reader, 6" Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi (Black) – Amazon, £56.99

Mobile phones

When it comes to mobile phones, the key is to get a contract that suits you, as well as a phone that meets your needs. A SIM-only contract or pay-as-you-go deal means you aren’t paying for an expensive handset as part of a contract. For example, you can pick up a SIM-only contract from giffgaff and get unlimited texts, data and calls for £20 a month.

Though you might not need the newest handset, you can get hold of the new iPhone 7 by taking advantage of the new ‘payments’ scheme. It offers an interest free loan, enabling you to purchase the handset without paying more for it as part of a contract package.

Insure your gadgets

We all know how it’s easy to forget your gadget in the library, leave it on the bus or damage it while carrying it around with you. Your technology is important to you and that’s why it’s good to save your work, back it up and it might be worth considering gadget insurance.

Student fees on the rise

With student fees standing at a maximum of £9,000 a year and set to rise to £9,250 from September 2017, it’s crucial to keep an eye on your budgeting. There are many ways to be more frugal at uni and make every penny work for you. Try buying your books for less, make use of voucher schemes, take advantage of any discounts available and subscribe to sites such as Unidays or even Amazon Prime to get the best offers.

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