Managing your money

Student funding advice; bursaries and scholarships; charities and trust funds; money skills and budgeting; emergency money.

Remember to re-apply for funding for next year!

Posted on 12 February 2019 by Your Student Life Supported

Are you in your first, second or penultimate year of study?  Do you get student funding now?  Would you like it again next year?  Did you know that you need to reapply for funding each academic year?  The Advice and Money Team tells us more … In the talks we, the Advice and Money Team, give to Cardiff
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Managing your financial commitments

Posted on 12 February 2019 by Your Student Life Supported

Managing your financial commitments can be a bit like juggling elephants…you know what they are, roughly when they’re going to land, but if you don’t catch them at the right time they might just squash you! Financial commitments go beyond the things you have to pay, like your rent and bills. It also covers the
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Discover Cardiff and Beyond on a Budget

Posted on 11 February 2019 by Your Student Life Supported

Our experts in the Advice and Money Team share some help and advice to make the most of your money. Putting the fun back into budgeting We know that the thought of budgeting can make anyone start to sweat but we’re here to remind you of the benefits of budgeting and why it’s important. So
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Money, food and…climate change?!

Posted on 11 February 2019 by Your Student Life Supported

Our experts in the Advice and Money Team share some help and money management advice. Managing your food shop can not only save you pounds but can also help with climate change. No I’m not talking rubbish………hmmmmmmm well yes I am, food caddie rubbish. The science bit: Food waste is listed as the 3rd biggest
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Budgeting Basics

Posted on 11 February 2019 by Your Student Life Supported

The looooooooooong second term and the dreaded ‘B’ word (Budgeting of course!) Our experts in the Advice and Money Team share some help and budgeting advice. You’ve managed through the first term of the academic year, survived the money pit of Christmas and finally reached the second instalment of funding pay day; hurray!! Finally, your
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Getting the funding right for your placement year or study abroad

Posted on 21 January 2019 by Your Student Life Supported

Siobhan and Tania from our Advice and Money Team explain what students need to do to apply for funding for a work or study placement year.   Photo credit: Hugh Doyle, BA History, George Washington University, USA It’s nearly that time of year again when you have to reapply for your funding. If you are going on
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Guarantor Scheme for care leavers and estranged students

Posted on 10 January 2019 by Your Student Life Supported

Are you a care leaver or an estranged student unable to find someone to act as a guarantor to secure accommodation in the private sector? If so, Cardiff University has a Guarantor Scheme to assist you. Basically, this means that the University will act as your guarantor so you can secure somewhere to live in the private sector
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The Exam Diet: Your guide to budget-friendly brain food

Posted on 7 January 2019 by Your Student Life, Supported

27Kate, our Student Intern, shares her tips for eating well on a budget during exams…   Endless tesco meal deals, the occasional wi-wo, various chocolatey snacks and an array of beverages from hoffi coffi’s selection may seem like the ideal exam diet, but it’s neither brain food nor budget-friendly. I know the struggles of exam
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No contact with your family? We are here to support you at Uni

Posted on 4 December 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Einir England, the dedicated contact for care leavers and estranged students at Cardiff University, explains what it means to be estranged and the support available… Most Universities in the UK recognise that students who have been through the care system face barriers in access to higher education and have developed a support package to try
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What to do if something affects your exam performance

Posted on 27 November 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Amy from our Advice and Money Team tells us more about ‘extenuating circumstances’ and how you can make sure that a difficult time in your life does not unduly impact your academic chances… Despite your best efforts to concentrate and revise it’s quite possible that Murphy’s Law will strike and anything that can go wrong, will go
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We support student carers

Posted on 5 November 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Gareth, Student Support Adviser and the dedicated contact for student carers, tells us more about Carers’ and Family Week and the support available from Cardiff University if you are a student carer. Never considered yourself to be a carer? Or know someone else who might be a carer but is unaware of it? If you
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Support for care leavers and estranged students

Posted on 20 September 2018 by Your Student Life Supported

Meet Einir, the key contact for care leavers and estranged students   Einir, our dedicated contact for care leavers and estranged students, gives a warm welcome to new and returning students and explains the support available…  My name is Einir England and I am the dedicated contact for Care Leavers and Estranged students at Cardiff University. I
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The Payday Loan Peril

Posted on 7 August 2018 by Your Student Life Supported

Peachy. Sunny. Lolly. Happy, friendly sounding words, right? Well that’s the idea. But these are also the names of three of the UK’s ever-growing list of companies offering payday loans, which don’t bring happiness to all who take them out… One poll showed that one in three students have applied for a payday loan. Reasons
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Are you missing out on a Cardiff University Bursary?

Posted on 3 July 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Max from the Advice and Money Team shares important information about the Cardiff University bursary. These bursaries are available to any undergraduate student who started in September 2017 and is: eligible for UK student funding support and whose household income is assessed as being lower than £42,000; and liable to pay tuition fees of approximately
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Carers Week and the support available for student carers

Posted on 12 June 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Gareth, the dedicated contact for student carers, discusses the support available at Cardiff University. This week (11-17 June) is Carers Week, which aims to support carers to stay healthy and connected, and raise awareness about the struggles that carers can face. Our community of student carers For the last 18 months we have been working
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Married students – is your partner paying too much tax?

Posted on 21 March 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Are you a married student? Money Adviser, Max, shares how your partner could save some tax… Marriage.  An institution as old as the hills. Maybe even as old as some of my jokes. And it has seen a lot of change through history (Henry VIII even created a whole new church to get out of
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5 top tips on getting your funding right for your Placement Year

Posted on 20 March 2018 by Your Student Life Supported

Siobhan and Tania from our Advice and Money Team explains what students need to do to apply for their placement year funding … It’s that time of year again when you have to reapply for your funding. If you are on a Sandwich course, the application this time will be slightly different because next academic
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Move out (with a full deposit!)

Posted on 16 February 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our student intern, Victoria, gives advice on how you can avoid a disastrous departure from your student digs… If you’ve caused significant damage that clearly isn’t general wear and tear, the likelihood is that you won’t get all of your bond back. These things happen. In my second year I blew up my oven because
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Housing hacks

Posted on 14 February 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Siobhan from the Advice and Money Team, shares some housing hacks that all students should know this Student Money Week… You’ve completed your first-term and there’s a whole host of people you’ve yet to even meet. Some will be acing the independent living, though maybe you still haven’t quite figured out how to use the oven without
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Could you knock £1500 from your Student Loan debt?

Posted on 14 February 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Are you a Welsh student (and apply to Student Finance Wales for funding?) Do you want to knock £1500 from your student loan debt? If you started a course in Sept 2010, or later, and you took out a maintenance loan of at least £1505 in one academic year from Student Finance Wales, then you should
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Guarantor Scheme for care leavers and estranged students

Posted on 13 February 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Are you a care leaver or an estranged student unable to find someone to act as a guarantor to secure accommodation in the private sector? If so, Cardiff University has a Guarantor Scheme to assist you. Basically, this means that the University will act as your guarantor so you can secure somewhere to live in the private sector
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Valentines Gifts on a Budget

Posted on 12 February 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Kate, Student Intern shares 10 DIY Valentine’s treats to share with loved ones without breaking the bank… Love is in the air, but for us students that doesn’t mean money magically appears from the air as well! There’s no need to spend a fortune on cards, flowers and gifts; here are some meaningful Valentine’s gift
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Why become a Student Mentor?

Posted on 8 February 2018 by Your Student Life Supported

Three current Student Mentors talk about their experience of the role and what they’ve gained from it… Many students starting university have questions and queries and sometimes it is difficult to know who to turn to for support. As a Student Mentor you are able to help first year students from your academic school settle
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Student bursary. Are you eligible?

Posted on 11 December 2017 by Your Student Life Supported

Rachel, our student intern, discusses student bursaries and what to do if you think you are eligible but haven’t yet received any information… The winter recess is nearly upon us and everyone can go a bit spending crazy during the festive period. So now’s the time to consider whether you are eligible for a student bursary.
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Is your January rent sorted?

Posted on 11 December 2017 by Your Student Life Supported

If you are funded through Student Finance Wales or Student Finance England, you will not receive your second student loan payment until Monday 8 January. Rachel, our student intern, talks about what to do if you’re not already prepared… With Christmas around the corner and New Year’s celebrations just after, we know that this might be
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December Downloads: Apps to keep you on the right track

Posted on 11 December 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Nichola, Counselling, Health and Wellbeing placement student, shares her recommendations on the best apps to support your wellbeing, study and finances… December is known for its festive activities which bring joy to many but can also be frustrating for others. Winter recess is that time of the year when many student houses empty for a couple
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Where will you GO?

Posted on 22 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

George, International Journalism student and Marketing Intern tells us more about Global Opportunities… Have you ever considered studying in China or Canada, volunteering at a French festival, a year abroad in Belgium or Hong Kong? There is a world of opportunity out there and it’s no secret that the university’s Global Opportunities team can talk you through
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Don’t sign for a house too soon!

Posted on 15 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Siobhan from the Advice and Money Team, explains why you shouldn’t sign for a house too early. Every year for as long as I can remember (and I’ve been here a while), the festive season is always accompanied by an unwarranted panic to sign for future accommodation. There seems to be this idea that you
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University not going so well?

Posted on 8 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our Advice and Money Team give you some tips on what to do if you are struggling with university and considering withdrawing… Starting university is exciting but it also comes with some anxiety. It’s quite common to feel overwhelmed in the first few weeks and wonder if you are in the right place, or if
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Personal Safety: A Guide for Cardiff Students

Posted on 23 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our student intern, Sophie shares how you and your friends can stay safe in the lovely city of Cardiff… So you’ve settled into your student life and are getting on with your studies, but do you know how to stay safe when at university? Cardiff is generally a safe city, but it’s still important to
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Estranged? No contact with your family? Disowned? We are here to support you at Uni

Posted on 9 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Paula Barker from our Advice and Money Team explains what it means to be estranged and the support available to students… Most Universities in the UK recognise that students who have been through the care system face barriers in access to higher education and have developed a support package to try to address this issue. But
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EU Undergraduates and Tuition Fee Funding

Posted on 5 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Hannah from the Advice and Money Team discusses the tuition fee funding available to EU undergraduates. As an European Union (EU) undergraduate student you can apply for funding from Student Finance Wales (SFW) to help you meet the cost of your tuition fees. For those of you starting this year (2017/18), or continuing with your studies,
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Meet Paula, the key contact for care leavers and estranged students

Posted on 4 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Paula, our dedicated contact for care leavers and estranged students, gives a warm welcome to new and returning students and explains the support available… My name is Paula Barker and I’m the dedicated contact for care leavers and estranged students at Cardiff University. I’m based in the Advice and Money Team within the Graduate Centre (3rd floor)
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Are you prepared for university?

Posted on 26 August 2017 by Your student life, Supported

Kate, our Student Intern, reveals what you need to do to prepare yourself for the big move from home to halls.   The time has come, the boxes are being packed up, you’re choosing between your favourite bed sheets and your friends and family are starting to give you advice about being a real adult and
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Having to repeat next year? Confused about the difference between being registered internally or externally?

Posted on 4 August 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Tania from our Advice and Money team tells us more about what to consider and do if you are having to repeat a year…   You may be reading this because you have failed a portion of your assessments, and have been given the opportunity to repeat your modules during 2017-2018. Or perhaps you are concerned
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5 tips to get you started after you graduate…

Posted on 21 July 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Whether you’re excited to embark on the future, or a little bit apprehensive – don’t worry. Sophie, our student intern, explains… I can’t believe that this is it, I’ve received my results and I will be graduating from Cardiff University with a 2:1! The last three years have flown by. It feels like only yesterday
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Re-sitting an exam? Top tips to keep you on track

Posted on 27 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our student intern Victoria shares some advice for students re-sitting exams this summer. After months of lectures, work and revision, it can be really disheartening to get your results only to realise that you have failed an exam. As a previous student shared, ‘nothing can prepare you for that sinking feeling’, and whether the news
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Meet Paula, the dedicated contact for care leavers and estranged students

Posted on 26 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Einir, our dedicated contact for care leavers and estranged students will be going on maternity leave from the end of June 2017 and would like to introduce you to Paula who will be the dedicated contact in her absence. Some of you have seen me over the past few months and will know that I will
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Guidance for students who have failed their exams

Posted on 22 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Einir from the Advice and Money Team shares 5 steps for students who have failed their exams. The exam board has met and you will have received an email to say your results are available to be viewed on SIMS.  When you viewed yours did you find a dreaded F, or a lower classification or pass
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Repaying your student loans and the ultimate top tip

Posted on 21 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Advice and Money student intern, Rosie, shares all you need to know about repaying your student loan, along with a top tip that could save you a huge sum of money… Graduation can be a bit of a crazy whirlwind without having to worry about repaying your student loans as well. But I’m here to
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Supporting you this summer

Posted on 15 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Student intern, Victoria, shares information about the support available to students during the summer. Assessments and exams are finally over! Sighs of relief swept Cathays on the 9th June, alongside torrents of rain and the chaos of General Election results. Now, undergraduate students across campus are getting ready to pack up their things and head
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Ready, steady, get set for the Cardiff University Student Fun Run 2017!

Posted on 15 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

After hundreds of students took part in our Student Life Fun Run last year, it’s back again this year with new t-shirts, new participants and new prizes! Student intern, Sophie, tells us more… Cardiff University students, staff and alumni are invited to walk, jog, skip or run around the 2.4 km route through Cardiff’s Civic
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Top tips for getting your funding right for your placement year

Posted on 15 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Einir England from our Advice & Money Team explains what students need to do to apply for their placement year funding … It’s that time of year again when you have to reapply for your funding. If you are on a sandwich course, the application this time will be slightly different because next academic year you will be
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Postgraduate funding for master’s study

Posted on 14 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Rosie, Advice and Money student intern, shares information about postgraduate funding with students considering further study after they graduate. Ah, graduation. Just the word itself brings on an instant cocktail of excitement and complete and utter dread inside of me. Having just finished my second year of University, I’m now teetering on the edge of
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Financial Assistance Programme Awards for final year students

Posted on 2 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Rosie, student intern with Advice and Money, shares some important information about the Financial Assistance Programme Awards available for final year students. If you’re a final year undergraduate student it’s likely you’re familiar with one of the biggest contributors to student stress: money problems. As a student myself, I can totally relate, we all can.
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Struggling to fund yourself through summer? Find out about the FAPA summer fund!

Posted on 2 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Rosie, student intern with the Advice and Money Team, shares some key information for students struggling to fund themselves through the summer… Rent, books, bills, parties and polka-dot wrapping to adorn that last-minute birthday present for your favourite flatmate – it all piles up! As students, we all understand how difficult it can be to
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Four ways to get your bond back

Posted on 30 May 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our student intern, Victoria, gives advice on how you can avoid a disastrous departure from your student digs… So it’s nearly the end of the year and the cherry blossom trees of the Main Building and the Woodville are blowing the hints of oncoming summer into many an unsuspecting face. It’s been so long since
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Thinking of postgraduate study?

Posted on 17 May 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Student intern and Postgraduate Ambassador, Victoria, shares all you need to know about the Master’s Excellence Scholarships available. Graduation looming, but unsure of your next steps? Don’t be left looking befuddled rather than triumphant on graduation day, clutching your cap for dear life and thinking ‘What next?!’ It’s good to have a rough plan of
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Support for care leavers and estranged students approaching the end of the academic year

Posted on 24 April 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Einir, our dedicated contact for care leavers and estranged students, shares more about the support available as we approach the end of the academic year. I can’t believe we are in the final term already! This academic year has gone so quickly. I hope this year has treated you all well and you are prepared for any assessments that
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The 4 week housing countdown

Posted on 19 April 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Siobhan from the Advice and Money Team lets students know everything they need to do before moving out, in the 4-week, ship-out, bond-back countdown! Wow, where has the time gone? I bet it feels like you only moved in a few weeks ago, but another academic year has flown by and already it’s nearly time
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