University is about more than what you learn in your studies. There are also a range of other skills you develop, including managing your money. Plus, improving your financial wellbeing will have a positive effect on both your mental and physical health. We've put these pages together to provide some advice and guidance on manging your finances, so that you can get the best out of your money and find ways to make it go further.

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Budgeting

Get tips on how to manage your money and budget effectively while you’re at university.

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Shop smart

Read our tips on how to be savvy when spending your money on rent, entertainment, clothes, sport and food.

Managing your food budget

Managing your food budget

Check out our tips to help you to budget for your food shopping - ensuring you eat healthily will give your studies a boost.

Part-time work

Part-time work

Learn about fitting part-time work around your studies and see what part-time job opportunities are available.

Money education

Money education

Find out what financial support is available at BU and how we can help if you're struggling.

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Scams and fraud

Read our advice on staying safe from common financial scams circulating via email, phone and social media.

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Gambling and gaming awareness

Tips on what you can do to protect yourself and assistance if you feel that you're in need of additional support.

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Universal Credit for students

You may be able to get Universal Credit if you’re studying full-time - check the exceptions to see if any apply to you.

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External funding guidance

If you're struggling financially during your studies at BU and could benefit from additional support or guidance, there are a range of external resources available specifically for students.

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Placement year funding

The funding available for a placement year is significantly different to a normal study year - read our guidance for more information.

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Financial support

We can provide financial support and money advice while you're studying at BU.

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5 Top tips to make your money go further

Rising costs and interest rates are affecting us all and can lead to feelings of uncertainty. We've put these tips together to help you make sense of the huge amount of information out there about financial support, with key ideas for budgeting, finding offers, checking hidden costs, available funding, and to help you manage day-to-day running costs.

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Why we need to talk about money

If you’re dealing with financial independence for the first time, it is imperative that you speak up about any money worries before they escalate; 50% of students say financial issues are affecting their mental health, and 53% worry about having to manage the increasing cost of bills and utilities while at university, so let’s talk about money!

How to reduce your food bill

How to reduce your food bill

The rise in prices has meant we are all finding our food shop more expensive. These tips look at ways to reduce your spending.