advice & money

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

Posted on 11 April 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 29 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 22 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 16 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 9 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 8 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 8 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

  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 3 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 1 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 Budgeting Apps to help you get a hold on your finances!

Posted on 4 November 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Amy from our Advice & Money Team showcases 5 free budgeting apps that could help you …                 Putting pen to paper is a great way to work out what you are spending your money on, but it’s also a little bit old fashioned when you could instead sync information across
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Great customer service for Cardiff Students

Posted on 27 October 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

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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Struggling at Uni and considering withdrawing?

Posted on 13 October 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

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?’ Our Advice and Money Team give you some tips on what to do if you are struggling with Uni and considering withdrawing …   Starting
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7 Budgeting Tips for Freshers

Posted on 23 September 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Virginia our student intern, shares some of her budgeting tips for newcomers …   Budgeting can be very tricky when you have no previous experience, which will probably be your case if you have just moved away from your parents’. Here are some tips and tricks from me – someone who has not needed to
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