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Understanding your money

Explore our tips for budgeting while at university and find out how we can support you with Student Finance 

For help managing your money effectively, head to the Student Finance Centre. Here you can get information, advice and individual support to keep your finances on track.

The team includes advisers who are members of the Institute of Money Advisers and the National Association of Student Money Advisers. Everything you tell us will be kept in the strictest confidence and we'll always put your needs and interests first.

Areas you can get help and advice with include the following:

Liaison with Student Finance England

If you're having problems with your student loans or grant, please come and see us. With your permission, we can speak to Student Finance England on your behalf.

Student loans

Money management and budgeting advice

We can give you no-nonsense advice on how to set and stick to a budget, and make the most of your money.

Further tips and advice on money management:

Information about scholarships and bursaries

If you're already studying, it's worth keeping an eye on what scholarships and bursaries are available for the next academic year.

We can help you identify what funding you're entitled to. You can also see what scholarships and bursaries are available.

State benefit advice

Whether you're a student with dependants or a disability, or you want to know if you can claim tax credits, we can help you in this complex area.

Further information on benefits you may be entitled to:

Financial hardship funds

If you're facing genuine financial hardship while studying, there's a generous University Support Fund to help. You also can apply for one-off emergency payments while we consider your application for longer term support.

Further information about financial hardship:

Specialist debt advice

Getting into debt can be very stressful and you may not feel comfortable speaking to family or friends about it. We have trained financial advisers who can give you confidential information, advice and guidance on debt-related issues.

Our approach is straightforward – we aim to get you back on track and in control of your finances. Whatever your situation, we'll listen to you and provide impartial and non-judgemental debt advice. If we can't help, we'll point you in the direction of someone who can.

Contact us

Email us at, phone us on +44 (0)23 9284 3014, or visit us at:

The Nuffield Centre

2nd Floor
St. Michael's Road
PO1 2ED 


We are open from 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Thursday, and 9.00am to 4.00pm on Fridays.

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