Financial support

Let's talk money

We know money can be tight as students. That’s why we’ve put together a few tips to help you budget and manage your money.

Our advice

CREATE A BUDGET

Calculate your in goings and outgoings. What is essential? What could you do without? The key to money management is to plan in advance – don’t get to the last week of the month surviving off pennies!

OPEN A STUDENT BANK ACCOUNT

The 'Save the Student' website has advice on the best student bank accounts, looking at a number of factors such as freebies and interest-free overdrafts.

APPS

There are many fantastic apps to keep track of your spending. Apps like Monzo keep track of your outgoings and breakdown your monthly spend. 

MONITOR YOUR ELECTRICITY USAGE

Keep an eye on how much electricity you are using. Check out our top tips on how to save energy

USE YOUR STUDENT CARD

As a student you will have access to loads of amazing deals. Many companies offer student discounts via apps like Student Beans or with a NUS TOTUM card,  so make sure to check before every purchase! With your TOTUM card, you can save a handy 10% on your shop in the Co-op store opening soon in the CODE building.

DON’T SPLASH OUT ON SOFTWARE

You can get access to free programmes as a student, including Microsoft Office 😊

MAKE USE OF OUR FACILITIES

Don’t fork out on a expensive gym memberships – make use of ours! 

ADULTING

Council Tax

Council Tax is not applicable to full-time students. Your university should have already informed the local council that you are a student but if you receive a letter in regards to paying council tax, please ask your university for an exemption certificate and forward this to the council, they can then update their records.

Free contents insurance

More information coming soon!

Other useful pages

Co-op store and vending machines

Find out about the shop in the CODE building - and where to find other snacks.

Co-op store

Electricity use

Find out how to be energy smart - and contacts for our utilities team

Electricity use

Insurance cover

Discover what is covered in our free contents insurance and how to make a claim

Insurance sorted