I had a sad little Twitter message today from a student who was interested in my online businesses but thought she couldn't do so because she didn't have a credit card.
Well, thinking about it, this could apply to a lot of students, in the UK and around the world.
The best alternative seems to be the prepaid or stored-value cards. I did a quick Google and this type of card is good to go for online purchases or anywhere you would normally use plastic.
There is plenty of information and advice out there to help you choose a card that works where you are.
In view of the fact that many university students are looking at huge debts before they ever get into the normal paid jobs and professions that they hope their studies will lead to, a way of getting into lucrative online opportunities could be a real help.
In the UK, you can look at these websites for some help and advice. There are more, and outside the UK, you are sure to be able to find something in your location.