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Embassy English 20 July 2017 - by Jillian Kohler, Academic Manager, Embassy English Gold Coast

Embassy English Student Guide to Saving Money


Living in a foreign country while you study English is a great adventure and a wonderful opportunity,  and one you’ll never regret.  Once you’re here, though, you might find you don’t have a lot of money left over and (perhaps for the first time?) you may have to live on a budget.  If that applies to you, we’ve put together some suggestions for ways to save money while you study at Embassy English.

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  1. Join the Free Clubs

Every Embassy centre has a range of free social clubs.  At Embassy Gold Coast we have Movie Club, Conversation Club and Soccer/Volleyball Club.  As well as that, once a month we have the $2 Beach BBQ (a bargain!).  Your campus will have a number of options for you to choose from which not only will save you money, but you can practice your English and make friends too.

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  1. Avoid Fast Food.

Fast food is easy and you might be tempted to eat fast food every day, but as well as emptying your wallet you’ll have the added problem of not being able to fit into your clothes any more.  Although it’s a bit more effort, you’ll save money and feel much healthier if you buy fresh food at the Supermarket and do your own cooking most nights.  Of course, if you live with a homestay family they will do the cooking for you!  Save fast food for the occasional treat.

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(If you’re studying at Brisbane and Gold Coast campuses you’ll get Free Food Friday once a month – where we’ll buy and deliver pizza to your classroom FREE!)

  1. Use Embassy Discounts

If you want to enjoy some tourist activities, Embassy students can take advantage of some discounted prices.  This month at Surfers Paradise, for example we have an Island Day Trip, Moonlight Kayaking and Whale Watching.  Whichever campus you choose, there will be some special activities which you can do at a reduced price.

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In some locations your student card will get you discounts on public transport and movie tickets as well as concessions on entry to some tourist attractions.

  1. Bring Your Own Lunch

I know it takes discipline to pack your lunch before school, but you’ll save a lot of money if you do.  Put it away in the student kitchen (with your name on it) and you can warm it up in the microwave at lunch time.  This is a great way to use up your leftovers as well as save a few dollars.

Many centres will have cold, filtered water and some  will also offer tea/coffee so as well as saving money you can also help save the environment by NOT buying plastic bottles and take-away cups.

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  1. Find Free Wi-Fi

It surprises some of our students that not everywhere has free Wi-Fi.  If you’re in a location where you have to pay for Wi-Fi, you can still find it but you might have to hunt for it.  Many cafes will have free Wi-Fi (but you have to buy something).  McDonalds always has free Wi-Fi, so buy yourself a cheap ice-cream and get busy.

Of course you can get your free Wi-Fi on your Embassy campus too – use the computer lab at your school or relax in the student lounge with your phone or iPad between classes.

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There are lots of ways to save money while living and studying overseas.  With English, you’ll unlock the opportunities that will shape your future.

And you’ll make memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.

To learn more about studying English in exciting Gold Coast, Australiacontact us today!

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