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Thinking of postgraduate study?

Posted on 17th May 2017 by

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 24th April 2017 by

 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 20th April 2017 by

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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House hunting, need a Guarantor? Know what a Guarantor is and how to get one?

Posted on 4th April 2017 by

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 6th March 2017 by

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 16th February 2017 by

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 15th February 2017 by

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 14th February 2017 by

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 13th February 2017 by

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 13th February 2017 by

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 13th February 2017 by

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 9th February 2017 by

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 6th February 2017 by

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 6th February 2017 by

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 6th February 2017 by

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 25th January 2017 by

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 11th January 2017 by

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 10th January 2017 by

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 8th January 2017 by

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 4th December 2016 by

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 3rd December 2016 by

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 29th November 2016 by

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 29th November 2016 by

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 23rd November 2016 by

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 18th November 2016 by

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 4th November 2016 by

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 1st November 2016 by

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 31st October 2016 by

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 30th October 2016 by

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 28th October 2016 by

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 12th October 2016 by

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 22nd September 2016 by

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 21st September 2016 by

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 7th September 2016 by

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 15th July 2016 by

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 5th July 2016 by

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 22nd June 2016 by

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 6th June 2016 by

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 3rd May 2016 by

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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Are your finances in order for your year abroad? 6 top tips to help you.

Posted on 11th April 2016 by

Before heading off on your year abroad, Einir from our Advice and Money Team has 6 top tips to ensure your finances are in order… We support many students with queries around advice and money, here is a note of the 6 key things to consider and the typical advice we’d offer in relation to finances and your
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Things not going to plan with your studies? Struggling to cope and thinking of taking time out? You are not alone, help is at hand

Posted on 29th February 2016 by

Please see our latest advice in our new blog post ‘Are you struggling to cope, thinking of taking time out , have been unwell or something has affected your studies?’   Tania from our Advice and Money Team helps explain what you need to consider if you are thinking of taking time out of your course
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3 things to think about when looking for a student house

Posted on 22nd February 2016 by

Siobhan from our Advice & Money team tells us more about student housing and gives her 3 tips on choosing carefully …     It’s that time of year where you can’t miss the to-let signs up around Cathays and Roath advertising properties for next year. Some of your flat mates in halls or friends on your course
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What we know about Postgraduate Loans to date…

Posted on 16th February 2016 by

It was announced in the 2015 Budget that a new student loan system will be introduced for Postgraduate Masters study. Here the Advice and Money Team share their knowledge of what they know about the new PG Loan scheme to date.
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Money on your mind? Money worries and mental health

Posted on 9th February 2016 by

Hannah from Advice & Money  and Amy from Student Wellbeing have teamed up to tells us more about money worries and mental health… This year’s theme for National Student Money Week is Money and Mental Health. If you don’t already know, mood can really be affected by money worries and in some cases specific mental health conditions
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The Ultimate Valentines Blog – Top tips for saving money this Valentines

Posted on 8th February 2016 by

Annie, Placement Student, provides all the information you need this valentines… This week, also National Student Money Advice week, is the lead up to Valentine’s Day. Single or in a relationship, either way Valentines can end up costing a lot. Whether you enjoy eating out, or getting a take-away, or even going for drinks, it all
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It’s National Student Money Week – free financial advice at Cardiff Uni

Posted on 8th February 2016 by

  Hannah from our Advice & Money Team tells us more about National Student Money Week 2016 – Students, Money and Mental Health Today marks the start of the sixth National Student Money Week (NSMW) run by the National Association of Student Money Advisers (NASMA). The Advice & Money Team, the Wellbeing Team and the Students’ Union
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Support for Cardiff Uni students whatever the weather

Posted on 3rd February 2016 by

Will, our Student Intern, tells us more about the University’s student support teams and how to get your hands on one of our new umbrellas …   No matter how long you have lived in Cardiff, it is easy to see that it rains quite frequently! I am one of many students who have experienced walking to
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5 ways not to spend your student loan in 52 days!

Posted on 1st February 2016 by

Amy from our Advice & Money teams offers advice on making your student loan last …                 In Gair Rhydd last semester Mark Sweeney wrote an article about a recent survey undertaken by Voucher Cloud. This revealed that students, on average, will have spent their entire loan only
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5 top tips on getting your funding right for your Placement Year

Posted on 26th January 2016 by

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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Great customer service for Cardiff Students

Posted on 27th October 2015 by

Our Division has been awarded the Customer Service Excellence ® standard, here we tell you more about what this means for students … We are putting students at the heart of everything we do and are really pleased to have received the Award and acknowledgement of the work we do to ensure students receive great service
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