IT'S day two of our fantastic guide for students - and we have some top tips on where to shop, how to save money on travel and how to make your student home a lot more interesting...

ANN FOTHERINGHAM gives the lowdown on some of the best things to do in Glasgow when you're NOT studying. 7 WAYS TO SAVE CASH ON THE SHOPPING

Ruthven Lane, West End This street has become a little haven for vintage shops offering pretty things and bargains. Starry Starry Night (0141 337 1837), Glorious and The Glory Hole (0141 353 5662) are all based here, so you could pick up anything from a donkey jacket to a cute bag from the 1960s.

Oxfam Music, Byres Road (0141 334 7669

Excellent second-hand music shop, and you get the added bonus of knowing that the money you spend here, on high quality vinyl, CDs, sheet music and music books, goes to a good cause.

Waterstones, 153-157 Sauchiehall Street and 174-176 Argyle Street (0141 332 9105 and 0141 248 4814,

Top book shop which is pretty clued up about keeping students on a budget happy! Student discounts and promotions are often available - ask in store for details.

Charity shops

The fascination for rooting about in charity shops is still a big draw to cash-poor students with time on their hands (between lectures, obviously). Head for Dumbarton Road in the West End or Victoria Road on the South Side. Take some stuff in, and come home with a bag of bargains, and everyone's happy.

Mr Ben's King's Court, King Street (0141 553 1936)

Step back in time to a world of cool clothes, excellent shoes and some really, really good finds. Can be a bit on the pricey side at times, but there are some good bargains to be had.

Scotcampus Freshers' Festival ( or festival)

Not technically a shop, but an excellent place to pick up a bargain, the Scotcampus Freshers' Festival takes place in George Square on October 3 and 4. As well as great music, from the likes of the Taio Cruz, Attic Lights, Isosceles and the Down and Outs, the festival will offer advice, entertainment and competitions, plus discounts and promotions from student-friendly businesses, such as pubs, clubs, restaurants, clothes stores and record labels. There will also be a gaming zone, a paintball range, plus free food and drink; free haircuts; life coaching sessions; goody bags and health and lifestyle advice.

The Young Scot NEC card (

A free, electronic smart card for all young people aged 11 to 26. It gives you up to 25% discount in more than 1300 shops, restaurants, sports and entertainment venues in Scotland, with a further 200,000 discounters across Europe. The inclusion of the PASS hologram, also makes the card a valid proof of age card, so you can use it to get in to clubs/pubs, cinemas, open a bank account and purchase age restricted goods. Call 0808 801 0338 for more info on Young Scot cards. 7 ESSENTIALS FOR YOUR STUDENT FLAT

Everything you need for not very much money at all, check out the Essentials Starter Set from John Lewis - cups, plates etc. (0141 353 6677, At £35 for 16 pieces, it's a bargain.

Bare walls getting you down? As part of its Brighten Up Britain campaign, B&Q has come up with a cheap way to decorate a whole room for £25. A feature wall in a bright colour (Colours Clear Ocean Paint, £15.98 for five litres). Visit

Don't go hungry or thirsty - pick up a Frigidaire kettle (£7) and toaster (£6), from discount department store TJ Hughes (, 0845 6050515)When you need to get some work done, check out the stationery pack from Unibox (£29.99, - it's got a desk tidy, lever arch file, A4 dividers, clear pockets, document wallets, highlighters, pencils, pens, scissors, desk calculator and more...Want to turn your student living space into a cosy home? Candles are the answer. Choose zesty ones like orange and cinnamon or pomegranate and ginger (from The Candle Store, 0141 425 1661, for a stress-busting boost... or pick a pear-shaped one for a quirky way to brighten up your room.

Dino Computer Desk Aluminium, £69, John Lewis (0141 353 6677 Somewhere cool to study at home...

Proving that style doesn't have to be expensive, check out the Antony Worrall Thompson Autograph three-piece pan set, £15, from TJ Hughes (, 0845 6050515). HOW TO GET AROUND FOR LESS

Scottish Citylink has come up with a great cash-saving scheme - the firm's MyCitylink website offers student discounts on many routes and by registering, you will be able to store the details of your favourite journeys, allowing you to book seats quickly.

Students qualify for 20% discounts on services all over Scotland - ideal for visiting family, partying in a different city, or discovering a new corner of the country.

Students signed up to MyCitylink will be able to travel on the Glasgow/Edinburgh service from 80p, the Glasgow/Aberdeen route from £3.20.

Visit for details. The Young Scot NEC card, as well as giving you lots of discounts in shops and entertainment venues, entitles you to cheaper transport on buses, trains and ferries. If you are 16, 17 or 18, you are entitled to one-third off adult single fares on buses all over Scotland; a free Scottish Youth Railcard, cutting up to one-third off train fares; and discounts on Scottish Citylink coaches, Loganair flights and P & O ferries. First Glasgow ( has all the information you need to save money on your bus travel and to travel with ease around the city whether it's for university or college, socialising at night or getting to and from a part-time job. 7 THINGS TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME

Volunteer There are thousands of opportunities for volunteering in Scotland. Check out www.volunteer for info.

Join a sports club

Most universities and colleges have their own sports clubs, gyms or fitness facilities.

Go to a comedy club

There are lots dotted all over Glasgow, like Jongleurs ( in Renfrew Street or The Stand ( on Woodlands Road.

Watch a band

Big name acts head for the SECC (, while King Tut's ( is the place to catch the unsigned stars of the future. The Barrowland (www.glasgow-barrow remains the grand old lady of the scene.

Catch a movie

Glasgow's cinema scene ranges from the vast sprawling multiplexes like Cineworld ( and Odeon (, to smaller, more intimate venues like the Glasgow Film Theatre (

Go to the theatre

Culture vultures are spoiled for choice - check out the Pavilion (, King's (, the Theatre Royal (, the Tron ( or the Citizens' ( for shows.

Take up running

Join a running club, like the Glasgow Women's Jogging Network or visit for more info.