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31 really useful websites for students

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University can be stressful. Trust us, we've been there. But adapting to uni life is a lot easier if you know where to look for help with budgeting, mental health support and Harvard referencing...

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Being a student can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a lot to deal with. Making new friends, finding your way around Turnitin and avoiding basic money mistakes... the struggle is real.

Try not to get too bogged down in the details though. After all, university is what you make of it. If you know where to go to get cheap food, help with essays and career support, you can't go too far wrong. And that's where these handy websites come in.

If your Maintenance Loan isn't quite stretching far enough, check whether you're eligible for any of these student grants.

Best websites for university students

Here are the most useful websites for students:

  1. Approved Food

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    Best for: Cheap food

    Approved Food is an online food retailer stocking products that are nearly (or already) past their best before date, but are still perfectly edible. Great for cheap dinners and healthy meals on a budget.

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  2. Camelcamelcamel

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    Best for: Amazon price tracking

    This Amazon price tracker is essential for buying electronics and books online. Using camelcamelcamel is one of our top Amazon hacks, as it monitors products on the site and alerts you when prices drop to help you get the best deal.

    Visit »


  3. Cite This For Me

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    Best for: Harvard referencing

    Imagine if there was a Harvard referencing website that could do your bibliography for you. Well, there is (almost). It's undoubtedly one of the most useful websites for students.

    Simply enter your source into Cite This For Me, then copy and paste the end product. You're welcome.

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  4. Citizens Advice Bureau

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    Best for: Legal advice

    Is your landlord trying to avoid giving you your deposit back?

    With a helpline and offices located all around the country, the Citizens Advice Bureau is a great port of call for any legal issues that may occur during your time at university. These can include concerns related to accommodation, finance or your consumer rights.

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  5. Cold Turkey

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    Best for: Staying off social media

    Cold Turkey isn't strictly a website, but it'll certainly help you make better use of the other sites on this list.

    Download the application and it'll block you from accessing any websites you're keen to avoid while you're trying to work. It can be a true necessity if you want to be more productive or if you need to write an essay in a day...

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  6. Diversifying

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    Best for: Jobs for students from ethnic minority backgrounds

    Diversifying is a search engine which includes job listings from companies that are keen to recruit people of different backgrounds and abilities.

    It's not as extensive as other popular search engines, but it has some interesting listings from the charity sector and public organisations.

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    There's also a whole world of funding out there for students from ethnic minorities.
  7. edX

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    Best for: Online courses

    edX is an enormous open online course provider, including some that are free of charge. It hosts courses on an array of disciplines at university level – great for learning new skills to add to your CV.

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  8. Ethical Superstore

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    Best for: Environmentally friendly household products and food

    This is a great option for topping up on household essentials like loo roll, laundry detergent and bin bags.

    The Ethical Superstore is an eco-friendly online store. It sells food, drink, health and beauty products and even clothes, like a regular supermarket. It's perfect if you're trying to use less plastic without changing your whole lifestyle.

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  9. Freecycle

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    Best for: Free furniture

    Looking for furniture for your uni room? Freecycle is filled with people advertising household items and old furniture they no longer use but don't want to see thrown into a landfill. And, you guessed it, all for free!

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  10. Google Scholar

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    Best for: Academic texts

    Google Scholar is a search engine for academic texts across a wide variety of topics. Some texts are included in their entirety and some are just partially included (especially books), but it's a great website for making your bibliography better.

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  11. Graduate Recruitment Bureau

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    Best for: Placing graduates in jobs after uni

    The Graduate Recruitment Bureau (GRB) is a graduate recruitment consultancy that connects students with graduate recruiters, SMEs and start-ups. It helps candidates looking for full-time graduate jobs, graduate schemes, placement years and internships.

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  12. Grammarly

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    Best for: Checking your spelling

    Grammarly is an excellent spelling and grammar checker that you can install into your browser. No more typos in those essays!

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  13. Project Gutenberg

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    Best for: Free eBooks of old texts

    Project Gutenberg is an eBook library for free texts and books whose copyright has expired. It's great for coursework, projects and making your essays better. This is an especially useful website for students on social sciences or humanities courses.

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  14. Hive

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    Best for: Not buying books on Amazon

    For students worried about the ethical implications of making purchases on Amazon, Hive is a great alternative for books. It sells books from independent bookshops around the UK and gives a percentage of the profits back to them.

    Visit »


  15. Idealo


    Best for: Price comparison

    Similar to camelcamelcamel, Idealo is a price comparison website for anything from smartphones to cheap flights. It's a great research tool for bigger purchases.

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  16. JSTOR

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    Best for: Academic journals

    JSTOR is a go-to for back issues and current issues of academic journals, books and other primary sources for your essay needs.

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  17. Milkround

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    Best for: Graduate jobs and internships

    Milkround is a job search engine (not a recruitment agency) specialising in positions, internships and placements for graduates.

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  18. Mind

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    Best for: Support for your mental health

    One of the UK's biggest mental health charities, Mind is a great place to turn to if you or one of your mates are struggling with any mental health issues. The charity also has a helpline if you're in need of more assistance.

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  19. Muslim Youth Helpline

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    Best for: Faith and culturally sensitive support

    A charity providing help and support for young people of the Muslim faith. The helpline service is open seven days a week, 365 days a year (including bank holidays and Eid). Email and webchat services are also available.

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  20. National Debt Line

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    Best for: Debt advice

    The National Debtline is there to help people struggling with debt. You can get in touch with them by webchat or phone, but you can also use their Digital Advice Tool for help. The website provides fact sheets on how to recover from debt, settlements and court proceedings.

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  21. Quidco

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    Best for: Cashback

    Quidco is one of the UK's most popular cashback sites, offering money back on everything from flights to broadband contracts, and even purchases on eBay.

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  22. Save the Student

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    Best for: Student money advice

    Time for some shameless self-promotion! Check out our guides on the best student bank accounts, how to meal plan, how to budget and how to make money at the drop of a hat.

    More amazing resources »


  23. Sexual Health London

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    Best for: Sexual health resources for London-based students

    Working in partnership with the NHS, Sexual Health London provides free STI tests delivered to your house (if you live in London) and sexual health resources for Londoners.

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  24. SH24

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    Best for: Sexual health resources

    SH24 provides free STI testing, diagnosis and treatment, oral contraception, the morning-after pill and remote clinical support for people across the UK (with the exception of a few regions).

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  25. StepChange

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    Best for: Advice about debt management

    StepChange is a debt charity offering free expert advice on debt and debt management. It could help if you're struggling with payday loans, for example.

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  26. Student Minds

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    Best for: Uni mental health support

    It's not a helpline, but Student Minds runs student-led support groups at various UK universities.

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  27. TED talks

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    Best for: Getting motivated

    You can watch TED talks by experts from all over the world that will leave you feeling motivated (and that double up as 'useful' ways to procrastinate!). This is a very useful website if you're looking to increase your productivity.

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    Best for: Getting full marks for 'writing style'

    As long as you don't go full 'Joey from Friends' and run every single word through the thesaurus, this website will be a huge help when you're writing an essay.

    There are usually extra marks on offer for coherent, grammatically accurate writing, so describing trends as something other than 'interesting' or 'surprising' could be what helps you get a first.

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  29. The Ultimate Health Food Guide

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    Best for: Knowing the best food to eat when you're sick

    A product of Buyagift, this is basically a table of what to eat and drink when you're struggling with tiredness, migraines, concentration, constipation and so on. It could be very useful when nursing a hangover!

    Visit »


  30. TopCashback

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    Best for: Cashback

    Alongside Quidco, TopCashback is the other leading UK cashback website. Look out for their Free Cashback feature for completing simple online tasks.

    Visit »


  31. Stonewall

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    Best for: LGBTQ+ support

    Stonewall is an LGBTQ+ charity that provides information on coming out, health and wellbeing.

    Visit »


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Jess Aszkenasy

WRITTEN BY Jess Aszkenasy

Alongside editing for Save the Student, Jess Aszkenasy has shared great tips on saving money related to meal planning, finding deals online and more. Based on first-hand experience of being an international student, she shared guidance on studying abroad.
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