advice & money

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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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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Managing your money after you graduate

Posted on 7 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Rosie, student intern with the Advice and Money Team, shares some guidance on managing your money after graduation. Congratulations on finishing your studies! Your graduation will be one of the most exciting moments of your life so far. You’ve achieved a lot and you’re ready to become an adult! Only problem is, you don’t actually
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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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The Exam Diet: Your guide to budget-friendly brain food

Posted on 24 April 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

 Victoria, 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 time.
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Help us to create a suicide-safer University

Posted on 20 April 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Jo, Wellbeing Practitioner & Counsellor from our Counselling, Health and Wellbeing team, talks about creating a Suicide-Safer University.  Find out how you can become a Suicide-Alert Helper and learn the skills to identify and support any person who may be having thoughts of suicide… Suicide is one of the most serious issues all universities face,
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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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House hunting, need a Guarantor? Know what a Guarantor is and how to get one?

Posted on 4 April 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Siobhan from our Advice and Money team tells us more about Guarantors, what they are and how to get one… Just as you were thinking “that house hunting malarkey was easier than I thought it was going to be” the letting agents hit you with who’s your guarantor? You’ve never heard the word before and have
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Are you struggling to cope, thinking of taking time out , have been unwell or something has affected your studies?

Posted on 6 March 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Tania Hardisty, from our Advice and Money Team, helps to explain what you need to consider if you are thinking of taking time out of your course… Do you feel you are struggling to cope at the moment? Perhaps you are thinking of taking time out of University, or even considering leaving? Perhaps you have been
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Remember to reapply for funding for 2017/2018!

Posted on 16 February 2017 by Your Student Life Supported

The Advice and Money Team talks us through reapplying for funding … 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? In the talks we, the Advice
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How to: Stick to a budget

Posted on 15 February 2017 by Your Student Life Supported

Rosie, Advice and Money Intern shares her budgeting tips and advice … If you have not yet seen that video check it out first as it provides useful advice on how to work out your weekly budget. (Having a weekly budget is important as it helps you to not overspend or run out of money.)
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Love Food Hate Waste?

Posted on 14 February 2017 by Your Student Life Supported

Rosie, Advice and Money Intern, feeds back on her ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ training … Who are Love Food Hate Waste? Love Food Hate Waste is a campaign run by the charity called WRAP, who are working alongside the Advice and Money Team at the Student Support Centre and the Student Advice Team at the Students
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National Student Money Week 2017: ‘Waste Not Want Not’

Posted on 13 February 2017 by Your Student Life Supported

Rosie, Advice and Money Intern, tells us more about what going on at Cardiff University during National Student Money week #NSMW17 Are you struggling to balance you finances and budget your money? That’s ok, so am I. When I first started University last year I hadn’t even considered that budgeting would be something that affected my
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Love is in the air – tips and advice you’ll love

Posted on 13 February 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day this week we will be sharing ‘tokens’ of love with all students. As noted below each of our ‘tokens’ will link to blog posts, videos or intranet content all written to help support you throughout your student life. Follow us on facebook and twitter to see daily information and advice
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Top 10 ideas for cheap valentine’s treats.

Posted on 13 February 2017 by Your student life, Supported

Kate, Student Intern shares 10 DIY valentines 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! So this blog is full of meaningful gifts for you’re loved ones that won’t break your bank at
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We asked you how our Advice and Money team were doing, and this is what you told us

Posted on 9 February 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

2,900 students who’ve used Advice and Money were asked for feedback, 306  had their say, Tania from our Advice and Money team tells us more… Our team offers a great range of services designed to support students. We genuinely appreciate and value student feedback as it helps us to ensure that we continue to enhance our services to best help students
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Come in! Why students should visit 50 Park Place

Posted on 6 February 2017 by Your student life, Supported

Our Student Intern, Kate, tells us more about what resides behind the colourful door of 50 Park Place… Most students will have walked past these doors on a daily basis, but how many actually know what the Student Support Centre has to offer them? We’d like all students to be aware of the centre and that
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Here for you throughout your student life! Find out how Student Support can help you

Posted on 6 February 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

This week we are showcasing our Student Support Centres and the teams who work within them, to highlight the services and support available to students… We understand that student life brings with it all sorts of new experiences and challenges for students. At Student Support we have a great range of services and support to help meet student needs, as detailed
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Come in! Student Support at Cardigan House

Posted on 6 February 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our Student Intern, Kate, tells us more about the Student Support Centre at Cardigan House… The Student Support and Wellbeing team at Cardigan house offer confidential advice and support on a range of topics including: advice for your student life, student occupational health, finances, housing, health and wellbeing, disability and dyslexia and careers and employability.
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What to do if you think that your exam results won’t be as you hoped

Posted on 25 January 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Amy and Siobhan from our Advice & Money team tell us more about what to do if you think that your exam results won’t be quite as you hoped… You probably haven’t received your January exam results yet but you may have an inkling that they didn’t go well. If you had difficult circumstances in
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Has a rough time during exams affected your performance?

Posted on 11 January 2017 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 … Please also read our latest post ‘What to do if you think that your exam results won’t be as you hoped’. Despite your
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Top tips for eating healthy during exams

Posted on 10 January 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Kate, Student Intern offers her tips for eating healthy at Uni, during exams and on a budget …   A quick fast food fix may look tempting when you are up late revising or doing the dreaded library day. However, your body and brain need proper fuel for revision. Eat fresh fruit and veg, swap
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Tips and Advice for the Exam period

Posted on 8 January 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Help is at hand to support you through the exam period and this week we will be publishing a series of blog posts providing tips and advice for students to help support you through the next few weeks… From managing exam stress to healthy eating and practical tips on staying focussed to extenuating circumstances, here’s more
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DIY Christmas gifts for student budgets

Posted on 4 December 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Sophie, Student Intern, shares 5 DIY Christmas gifts to help you get in the festive spirit without breaking your fragile budget… The temperate drops… and with it so does your stomach. Christmas is round the corner and you barely have enough money to buy a pack of Brussel sprouts, even with your 10% NUS discount
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6 Christmas markets worth a visit

Posted on 3 December 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Kate, Student Intern, shares the top six Christmas markets to cheaply access from Cardiff… It’s that time of the year again! The nights are longer, the weather is colder and everything is a bit more sparkly and covered in fairy lights! This is your guide to exploring the UK’s best Christmas markets at the lowest prices
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Struggling at university and considering withdrawing?

Posted on 29 November 2016 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
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5 Steps to house hunting success!

Posted on 29 November 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Siobhan from the Advice and Money Team, shares the 5 tips to house hunting that all students should know… You’re still getting to know your halls flat mates, and there’s a whole host of people you’ve yet to even meet. The iron your mum packed you off with is still in its box, you still
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Are you a care leaver or an estranged student in need of a guarantor to secure accommodation?

Posted on 23 November 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Einir from our Advice & Money team explains more about Cardiff University’s Guarantor Scheme and assistance for care leavers and estranged students… 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 that could assist
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Changes to TV licensing laws

Posted on 18 November 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Kate, student intern, talks about the changes to TV licensing laws and how this will affect you… Changes to TV licensing laws mean that you now need a TV license for watching TV online, as well as on your TV. Being caught watching TV illegally could land you with a fine of up to £1000.
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3 Top tips for surviving the financial tightrope of student living

Posted on 4 November 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Victoria, our Advice & Money Student Intern, explains financial capability and shares her top tips for boosting yours… There are two words every student should know, and they aren’t ‘baked beans’, ‘student discount’ or ‘pre-drinks’, although all these may be key phrases and phases in your time at Cardiff University. The two words are ‘financial
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Housing: Don’t sign too soon!

Posted on 1 November 2016 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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Estranged? No contact with your family? Disowned? We are here to support you at Uni

Posted on 31 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Einir England from our Advice & 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 and address this issue. But
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5 Halloween Costumes for under £5

Posted on 30 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Student Intern Sophie, shares her cheap costume ideas to get Spooky without breaking the bank this Halloween… For all those wanting to creep it real this Halloween, it doesn’t have to be costly. You can celebrate in style for less than a fiver from what you’ve probably already got hanging in your wardrobe!
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Earn while you enjoy

Posted on 28 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Victoria, our Advice & Money Student Intern, shares her advice on how to find a part-time job that suits you… The best way to increase your income is to find part-time work. Work? Yeah right, as if you have time for that on top of your raucous social life and the ever-growing pile of university
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5 Ways to keep on top of your money

Posted on 12 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Victoria our Advice and Money Student Intern, shares the best ways to keep track of your finances whilst at uni… Does the word budgeting make you begin violently gnawing on your lower lip? You aren’t alone, but there’s no need for the budgeting blues. Your student loan will come in three instalments, and planning your
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How can the Advice & Money team help you?

Posted on 22 September 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Money Worries? You are never alone… Victoria, our Advice & Money Intern, introduces the university staff on hand to help you. Money issues may at first leave you scratching your head, but they can also make you feel anxious or isolated. Luckily, the Advice & Money team is there to help, whatever the issue. The
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The basics of student banking

Posted on 21 September 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Student intern Victoria breaks down the basics of student bank accounts and choosing the best one for you… Overt overdrafts, fabulous freebies, daunting fees and interest-frees – but do you need a student account? How do you choose the right one for you? Whether you’re a fresher or a current Cardiff University student, you can
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Discover Cardiff and beyond on a budget

Posted on 7 September 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Victoria, our Advice & Money Student Intern, shares her pick of Cardiff’s best budget-friendly locations… New to Cardiff? Or a golden oldie in your third year? If you’re a new student, exploring your new home can help you feel more settled – and no matter how long you’ve been here, can you really say that you’ve seen all
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Having to repeat next year? Confused about the difference between being registered internally or externally?

Posted on 15 July 2016 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 2016-2017. Or perhaps you are concerned
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Moving in to your new student pad? 4 things you need to do

Posted on 5 July 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Inventories, taking pictures, meter readings Why? What? When? Siobhan from our Advice & Money team tells us more… Yes it’s moving in day. How did that come around so quickly? You may not have unpacked the car yet, but already be thinking about organising a little get together with your friends. First things first let’s
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Advice for students who have failed their exams

Posted on 22 June 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Please read our latest post ‘What to do if you think that your exam results won’t be as you hoped’ as the post below was published in June 2016. Please contact our Advice and Money Team for further information and advice.  Siobhan from our Advice & Money team tells us more about what to do
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Are you a student who cares, unpaid, for a family member or friend?

Posted on 6 June 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Gareth Davies, Student Adviser, Student Support Centre at Cardiff University tells us more about the support available for student carers at Cardiff University…   Do you care, unpaid, for a family member or friend with an illness or disability, mental health condition or an addiction? If so I would like to hear from you.
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Seven Steps to Student Finance Success!

Posted on 3 May 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Ben from our Advice and Money shares his step by step guide for prospective students applying for student finance…   So Easter has just passed and you’re fairly set on where you are going to study in September. You’re getting excited about university and all the new experiences you are going to encounter, but don’t forget
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