31 really useful websites for students
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...
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 websites come in!
Best websites for university students
Here are the best and most useful websites for students:
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.
Best for: Amazon price tracking
This Amazon price tracker is essential for buying electronics and books online. 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.
Cite This For Me
Best for: Harvard referencing
Imagine if there was a Harvard referencing website that could do your bibliography for you? Well, there is (almost), and 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.
Citizens Advice Bureau
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 – regardless of whether or not concerns are related to accommodation, finance or your consumer rights.
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 – perfect if you want to be more productive or if you need to write an essay in a day...
Best for: Jobs for students from ethnic minority backgrounds
Diversifying is a search engine which includes job listings from companies who 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.There's also a whole world of funding out there for students from ethnic minorities.
Best for: Online courses
EdX is an enormous open online course provider, including some which are completely free of charge. It hosts courses on an array of disciplines at university-level – great for learning new skills to add to your CV!
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 binbags.
The Ethical Superstore is basically an eco-friendly online-only Tesco, and carries food, drink, health and beauty products and even clothes, just like a regular supermarket. Perfect if you're trying to use less plastic without changing your whole lifestyle.
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!
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.
Graduate Recruitment Bureau
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 who are looking for candidates for full-time graduate jobs, graduates schemes, placement years and internships.
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!
Best for: Free e-Books of old texts
Project Gutenberg is an eBook library for free texts and books whose copyright has expired. Great for coursework, projects and making your essays better, and an especially useful website for students on social sciences or humanities courses.
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.
Best for: Price comparison
Similar to Camelcamelcamel, Idealo is a price comparison website for anything from smartphones to cheap flights. A great research tool for bigger purchases.
Best for: Academic journals
A go-to for back-issues and current issues of academic journals, books and other primary sources for your essay needs!
Best for: Graduate jobs and internships
A job search engine (not a recruitment agency) specialising in positions, internships and placements for graduates.
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 immediate assistance.
Muslim Youth Helpline
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.
National Debt Line
Best for: Debt advice
The National Debtline is there to help people struggling with debt. You can get in touch with them by email, webchat or phone. The website provides fact sheets on how to recover from debt, settlements and court proceedings.
Best for: Cashback
Save the Student
Best for: #Lit student money advice
Sexual Health London
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.
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).
Best for: Advice about debt management
StepChange is a debt charity offering free expert advice on debt and debt management (great if you're struggling with payday loans, for example).
Best for: Uni mental health support
It's not a helpline, but Student Minds runs student-led support groups at various UK universities.
Best for: Getting motivated
Videos of talks by experts from all over the world that will leave you feeling motivated (and that double up as a 'useful' way to procrastinate!). A very useful website if you're looking to increase your productivity.
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 an absolute godsend 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!
The Ultimate Health Food Guide
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 tired, for migraines, for concentration, for constipation... Especially useful when nursing a hangover!
Best for: Cashback
Best for: LGBTQ support
An LGBTQ charity for young people, Stonewall provides information on coming out, health and wellbeing, plus LGBTQ support and community groups in your area.
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