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Student Wellbeing

 

If you are an undergraduate student, this may be the first time that you have been required to balance your budget and adjust to maintenance payments from a student loan, bursary or sponsor. Proactively managing your money will help you to retain control of your finances, avoid overspending and will hopefully prevent you losing sleep about debt or money, or worrying about your financial situation.

The National Union of Students provides a helpful guide for managing your money and the Students' Unions’ Advice Service also has a useful page with helpful links, including information about loans, scholarships, banking and budgeting.  SUAS Advisors are also trained to offer money advice.

The National Association of Student Money Advisers regularly publish a magazine for students on money matters

Save the Student website provides free and impartial advice on how to make your money go further.

The UK’s independent Money Advice Service also has a section for students and graduates on money management and a budget planner as well as a specific section for University budgets

MoneySavingExpert.com is a consumer website dedicated to cutting bills and fighting the consumer’s corner with journalistic research, cutting-edge tools and a community focused on finding deals, saving cash and campaigning for financial justice.

If you are experiencing financial difficulties, most Colleges will have a Financial Tutor or someone with expertise in student finance and money matters. Speak to them, or your Tutor or Senior Tutor for advice. For more information about funding available within the University, visit: http://www.cambridgestudents.cam.ac.uk/fees-and-funding/funding.

As a student, you may also be eligible for discounts in restaurants and shops. The following sites have helpful information:

http://www.cusu.co.uk/services/nus-extra-card  

https://www.myunidays.com/GB/en-GB   

https://www.nus.org.uk/en/nus-extra/about-the-card/  

https://www.studentbeans.com/  

If you are a student parent, make sure you contact our Childcare Office for information about available childcare funding.  If you are a student with a disability, you may be eligible for funding support towards costs associated with studying. Speak to the Disability Resource Centre for advice.