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Free stuff: 45 freebies in the UK

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Everyone loves free stuff, so we've compiled a list of the best free things you can get in the UK. We've got everything here, from free food to hard cash (yes, really).

Krispy Kreme doughnuts, drinks and cinema tickets

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Getting your hands on free stuff is always satisfying. Not much beats the feeling of getting some free things through the door after claiming an online freebie.

We've listed some of our favourite things that are genuinely free of charge. All freebies mentioned below have been tried and tested by us. The total value is well in excess of £200!

Follow Save the Student on Instagram to discover the very best freebies as soon as they become available.

Best free stuff in the UK

Here's our pick of the very best free stuff available right now:

  1. £10 to spend anywhere – Register for a Curve card using our Curve sign-up bonus and you'll get £10 added to your card once you make your first transaction. To find out more about Curve, check out our guide that explains what a Curve card is.
  2. CV review  Join GRB and receive a free CV review, plus help with finding your dream job.
  3. eBooks – Pick up free books, Kindle eBooks and free audiobooks.
  4. Money – Yes, really. As we explain in our guide, there are loads of ways to get free money.
  5. Premium rate calls – Call premium rate numbers for free using our tips.
  6. Beauty samples – From perfume to foundation, we're always sharing free beauty samples. Join our Facebook group to get alerts as soon as the freebies are available, as they tend to go quickly.
  7. O2 sim card – Perfect for claiming O2 Priority Moment deals. If you don't have one, you're missing out on offers like free cinema tickets and pizzas.
  8. £5 H&M voucher – H&M will take your old clothes and recycle them, and they'll give you a £5 voucher. We've even heard that if you bring in multiple bags, you'll get a voucher for each one. It's a great way to recycle clothes for money.
  9. New products – Join product testing websites and get sent free stuff in exchange for sharing your thoughts.
  10. Vodafone VeryMe freebies – Are you on Vodafone? They've got a fancy freebie app just for you.
  11. Free lottery draw – Free cash is the best of all the free things, so sign up to Pick My Postcode (one of our favourite free lotteries) and check the site daily to see if you've won. It's free and bagging the jackpot is way more likely than winning the National Lottery.
  12. Haircut – You can look into becoming a hair model to get a free haircut. Or, if you're brave enough, you could cut your own hair. See more ideas in our guide to getting a free or cheap haircut.
  13. Watch Freeview channels online – The Freeview website directs you to all the places you can access the channels online. You can watch without a TV Licence as long as the loophole applies to you.
  14. Free photo prints – Start building your personalised bedroom wallpaper with hundreds of free prints (P&P isn't free).
  15. Free bets – If you're over 18, it's possible to make money from free bets through matched betting. It's not gambling, but if you're not careful, it is possible to lose money. You can find out more in our guide to guide to matched betting.
  16. Birthday freebies – Our ultimate list of birthday freebies (that's free stuff you can get on your birthday) includes dozens of free things like food, drink, beauty products and more.
  17. Cinema tickets – Get free cinema tickets every month (occasionally more regularly), sometimes even to watch exclusives that haven't been released yet. And don't forget to check out our guide to getting cheap cinema tickets, too.
  18. Theatre tickets – You can get free theatre tickets by signing up to Showfilmfirst. All you have to do is give your feedback after the show. We have a full guide on getting cheap theatre tickets for more tips.
  19. Cloud storage – Use Google Drive to back up or store 15GB of files, which should speed up your computer or free up space on your phone. Additional storage space can be bought, but 15GB for free is a good start.
  20. Coffee – Grab a free coffee at the Department of Coffee. And find out how to get free coffee at PAUL. In fact, just check out all of the free coffee deals.
  21. Software – Find antivirus protection, office software, image editing and more in our free software list.
  22. Boots Products – Get loads of free stuff if you become a Boots tester.
  23. Samples, vouchers and money – Sign up to the best-paid survey sites and get free stuff (or money) in return for your opinion.
  24. Online courses – Try a free online course with a qualification to boost your CV.
  25. International calls – Use Skype to make free calls when you're abroad (and at home) using WiFi.
  26. Quit smoking plan – Start your road to recovery today with this NHS freebie.
  27. Food – They say there's no such thing as a free lunch, but our list of ways to get free food would suggest otherwise.
  28. Household items – Check out local free listings on Gumtree and Freecycle for people's unwanted stuff.
  29. Recipes – There are loads of cheap and cheerful ideas on our student recipes page, plus a few ideas for dinner parties.
  30. Cocktail – Get a free cocktail when you sign up for the All Bar One newsletter. Valid for over 18s only.
  31. G&T – Ember Inns give out a free drink to people who download their app. There are also extra freebies available once you collect some points. Again, this applies to over 18s.
  32. Cashback – Join Quidco and/or TopCashback for free and get money every time you buy something online. If you're new to all this, check out our guide to cashback.
  33. Water-saving pack – Be kinder to the environment and cut down your water bill with these water-saving freebies.
  34. Doughnut – Follow these instructions and head to your local Krispy Kreme branch for your free Original Glazed doughnut.
  35. Student money cheat sheet This great page will change your life and save you £1,000s (and yes, it was written by us).
  36. Magazines – Catch up on current affairs with six free issues of The Week magazine.
  37. Supermarket cashback – As we explain in our guide to the best supermarket cashback apps, you can sometimes get up to 100% off selected items in your weekly shop.
  38. Meal plan – Save your brain power for uni, as we've got you covered with our free meal plan with recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even snacks.
  39. Museum entry – National museums and art galleries have free entry in the UK. Check this list.
  40. Eye tests – It's well worth a check-up, so get a free eye test – even if you don't think you need glasses.
  41. Condoms – Find out where you can pick up some free condoms near you.
  42. Gym pass – Grab a free pass for Anytime Fitness or check out our cheap gym guide for more.
  43. Sanitary products – Some student unions have committed to offering free sanitary products. Bodyform also regularly offer a free sample. Head to our deals section to see if one's available right now.
  44. STI test – It's better to be safe than sorry! Discover all the ways you can get a free STI test.
  45. Contact lens trials – Try contact lenses on a free trial before signing up for any paid subscriptions.
Make sure to only apply for freebies that you'll actually use and value. That way, you'll keep things from unnecessarily ending up in the landfill – it's a great way to cut your carbon footprint!

Best free trials

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These freebies are for the seasoned money saver. The companies below offer you a free trial with the hope you'll convert into a paying customer. But you can beat the system by cancelling just before your trial is over, so you don't have to pay a penny.

Here are some of our top free trials:

  1. Audiobooks – Sign up to Audible and download a free audiobook. Cancel within 30 days.
  2. Kindle Unlimited – Always got your head in an (e)book? Sign up to Kindle Unlimited for a 30-day free trial and get unlimited access to over one million books, unlimited audiobooks and selected magazine subscriptions.
  3. Amazon Prime + Prime Video  Students get it free for six months. This offer is one of the best, for sure – especially as you can use it to watch the Premier League for free!
  4. Credit report Find out your credit score and what the banks think of you. Just cancel after receiving your report.

These are all 100% safe and legit, so you don't need to worry about your details being shared anywhere.

As soon as you have received your freebie, set a reminder on your phone or calendar to cancel the trial before it ends. And for more freebies just like this, check out our list of the best free trials.

Limited time freebies

Understandably, most good freebies won't hang around for too long and will be subject to availability. You've got to act quickly!

We post any limited edition freebies we find on our Facebook page on a daily basis, as well as our Facebook group and our Telegram group. Alternatively, you can sign up for our weekly newsletter for a roundup of the best.

And if you're looking to get things for free, it's always worth checking our regularly updated freebies page too.

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