Managing your money

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

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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Moving out of your accommodation – 4 week countdown to get you ready

Posted on 11 May 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Siobhan from our Advice & Money team tells us more about moving out and the things you need to consider… Wow where has the last 12 months gone? I bet it feels like you only moved in a few weeks ago, but already another academic year has passed and it’s time to pack up and
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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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Support for care leavers and estranged students – things to do before the end of the academic year

Posted on 11 April 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Einir, our dedicated Advisor for care leavers and estranged students, highlights the support available to you and key things you need to do before the end of the academic year… Have you seen Einir’s new video yet? Click here to view and share. English and Welsh versions available.   I can’t believe we are in
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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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Did you know you need to reapply for funding every year?

Posted on 16 March 2016 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 & Money Team tells us more … In the talks we, the Advice & Money Team, give to Cardiff
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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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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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Has a rough time during exams affected your performance?

Posted on 19 January 2016 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,
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10 top tips to prevent you feeling lonely at Christmas

Posted on 16 December 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Einir England from our Advice & Money Team shares her top tips for preventing loneliness this Christmas … The Christmas period can be challenging for people, especially those who have become estranged from their families.  You could risk feeling lonely and isolated if you stay in your halls of residence or on your own in your student home.
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Estranged? No contact with your family? Disowned? We are here to support you at Uni

Posted on 15 December 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Einir England from our Advice & Money Team explains what its 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.
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Christmas Survival Guide Part 5 – The mobile apps you need this holiday

Posted on 11 December 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Having to spend the Christmas holidays at university can be hard, especially if you are usually at home with family. Our 6 part Christmas Survival Guide should help you ensure it’s a time filled with fun, love and support…     The holidays are usually at time for fun and festivities, however it is also a time
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Are you eligible for a student bursary?

Posted on 19 November 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Ben from our Advice & Money Team tells us more about bursaries and how you get them …  Now’s the time to be thinking about bursaries, you may remember that last year you had a bursary from Uni, or maybe you read about it before you started. Here’s more information on eligibility and what’s involved; This information is intended
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Are you a care leaver or an estranged student in need of a guarantor to secure accommodation?

Posted on 18 November 2015 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… If you are a care leaver or an estranged student unable to find someone to act as a guarantor to secure accommodation in the private sector, the University will act as your guarantor so you can
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7 top tips on how to protect yourself from fraud at University

Posted on 16 November 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our Advice & Money Team offer some handy tips on how to notice fraud, as well as preventing yourself from falling into the trap… Our Advisers have seen Cardiff students targeted and want to increase awareness amongst students and encourage you to be aware of what you should look out for and what you should and
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5 steps to student house hunting

Posted on 4 November 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our  Advice & Money Team offer tips on what to consider and be aware of when house hunting … Hopefully, you are now settling in and enjoying life in Halls of Residence. You will barely have finished unpacking. Is your Iron still in its box?  BUT Letting Agents are already thinking about next academic year 16/17. The
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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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It’s National Care Leavers Week – Here’s how we are supporting Care Leavers

Posted on 20 October 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Einir your Care Leaver contact in our Advice & Money Team tells us more about National Care Leavers Week and the support available at Cardiff University  …                     Between the 22nd – 30th October 2015, charities and different organisations around the UK will be celebrating National Care Leavers Week.
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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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Need a hand sorting your Student Finance?

Posted on 28 September 2015 by Virginia Bonet Morell

If you would like some help from our Advice & Money team regarding your student finance, find out more about consent to share … Can someone help me? Yes. Applying for student finance and the student loan system might appear confusing and complex, therefore some students prefer to have a third party calling on their behalf. This might
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Care leavers and estranged students, meet Einir your key contact at Cardiff Uni.

Posted on 23 September 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

A warm welcome to all our care leavers and estranged students from your University contact Einir England …   I am the dedicated contact for Care Leavers and Estranged students at Cardiff University. I am based in the Advice & Money Team within the Student Support Centre. If you disclosed that you were a care leaver on your
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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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Problems with your student funding?

Posted on 23 September 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Sometimes Student Funding does not come as expected, here our Advice & Money team share their tips for making sure you follow the right steps …     If you are a home student you have the right to apply for a Maintenance Loan. This is an amount of money that is sent to your bank
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What is the Cardiff University Financial Assistance Programme?

Posted on 22 September 2015 by Virginia Bonet Morell

If you are studying at Cardiff University and in financial struggle, you may be eligible to apply for the Financial Assistance Programme …     As a student you may face financial hardship at some point during your university life. This might happen due to different reasons such as unwise budgeting or unexpected change of personal circumstances. If this
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Opening a Bank Account in the UK

Posted on 18 September 2015 by Virginia Bonet Morell

If you are an International or EU student here are some tips from our Student Intern Virginia to help you with opening a bank account in the UK … As an EU student, I remember coming to Cardiff by myself and with loads of cash on me because I did not have a UK-based bank account yet and needed
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Latest News and Events from @studentlifeCU

Posted on 24 May 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Here’s the latest updates from our teams – what they’d like you to be aware of and get involved in  … Whatever it is, if you need support come and see us! We work with hundreds of students weekly, so please drop in and see us.
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Answers to the questions final year students are asking us

Posted on 24 May 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Here are some great tips from staff across Student Support & Wellbeing who answer the questions final year students are asking us … These are just some of the ways we can help you now and after graduation, drop in and see us in person or online for even more services and events. 
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Winning suppport for students

Posted on 15 May 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Einir Evans shares her experience of winning the Enriching Student Life Award and why final year student Michael nominated her …     I mentioned in my blog last month that I had been nominated for an Enriching Student Life Award. Well, last Thursday night I put on my posh frock, attended the award ceremony, had a
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We are enriching student lives – updated – we had a 5th nomination!

Posted on 29 April 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

A big thank you to those students who have nominated staff in Student Support & Wellbeing – here’s who you’ve nominated and how you made them feel …
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Student support events & updates 28 April – 9 May

Posted on 28 April 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Here’s a brief note of what our teams are up to and the activity they’d like you to be aware of and get involved in over the next two weeks … Whether its exam stress, money worries, interview nerves, feeling low, job hunting, housing advice, trouble sleeping … anything … if you need support come and see us! We work with
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Support for care leavers and estranged students approaching the end of the academic year

Posted on 28 April 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Einir Evans from our Advice & Money team provides support for care leavers and estranged students. Here Einir gives us a reminder of 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
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FCF: The Solution to your Financial Crisis.

Posted on 23 March 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Are you currently, or have you ever been in a position where you have struggled for money? I have. Thankfully today I am out of the woods, but that’s all thanks to Cardiff University’s Financial Contingency Fund (FCF). Read on to hear how it helped me, and how it can help you.  Liam Havard shares
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Are you studying medicine and thinking about intercalating and funding?

Posted on 17 March 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Are you studying Medicine and planning to intercalate? Gareth Davies, Student Support Officer, explains how and where to apply for funding …   If the intercalating year is the 4th year of your course You need to apply to Student Finance for your funding as in previous years. If there are no changes in your circumstances
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Student services and events to support you at Uni – What’s On 16th – 27 March

Posted on 16 March 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Whatever life brings your way, don’t face it alone, we may be able to help. Katrina Taylor outlines what the Student Support & Wellbeing teams have to offer students in March …   It may be money worries, interview nerves, feeling low, job hunting, housing advice, trouble sleeping … anything … if you need support don’t
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Student events to help support and develop you, 2nd-13th March

Posted on 2 March 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Fortnightly Roundup of  Student Support & Wellbeing’s events and activity, by Marketing Manager Katrina Taylor …   We’ve had a busy start to the spring and seen hundreds of students at the Student Support Centre and at our events and there’s more to come throughout March. From Monday 2nd to Friday 13th here’s what we have
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Cardiff University has money available for its students, if they need it

Posted on 27 February 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

If you don’t have enough money to cover your essential living or study costs, we may be to help you; Sheila King, Head of Advice & Money tells us more …       I’m responsible for managing Cardiff University’s Financial Contingency Fund (FCF) and below I’ve set out what FCF is, who can apply, the
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Your student life supported – What’s On Mon 16 – Fri 28 February

Posted on 16 February 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Fortnightly Roundup of student services and events delivered by Student Support & Wellbeing, by Marketing Manager Katrina Taylor …   Welcome back … here’s the latest from us at Student Support & Wellbeing, and a brief note of what our teams are up to between Monday 16th and Friday 28th February.  Whatever your year or degree discipline you
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Want to get student funding?

Posted on 10 February 2015 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 & Money Team tells us more … In the talks we, the Advice & Money Team,
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National Student Money Week: How to get more out of your money

Posted on 9 February 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

The Advice & Money Team tell us more about what they are doing for National Student Money Week …            Today marks the start of the fifth National Student Money Week (NSMW); a national event created and supported by the National Association of Student Money Advisers (NASMA).  This year NSMW runs from 9th – 13th
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Your Student Life, Supported – New Fortnightly Roundup

Posted on 2 February 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Welcome to our new Fortnightly Roundup, by Katrina Taylor, Marketing Manager, Student Support & Wellbeing Division. Your Student Life, Supported, is our tag line and I hope this new fortnightly round-up will help you learn more about the support, information and events we offer Cardiff Uni students. Here I’ve given an overview of what our teams
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What can you do if something impacts your exam performance?

Posted on 13 January 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

The Advice and Money Team explain how you can make sure that a difficult time will 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 wrong. From gastroenteritis to mumps and from panic
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Estranged from your family this Christmas?

Posted on 17 December 2014 by Your Student Life, Supported

The Christmas period can be challenging for people who have become estranged from their families.  You could risk feeling lonely and isolated if you stay in your halls of residence or on your own in your student home. Here Einir Evans from Advice & Money shares her tips to prevent becoming lonely at Christmas time:
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