Managing your money at university can be a challenge. We have lots of advice, guidance and information to help you make informed decisions about your finances.
Need advice about taking control of your money? Ensure you keep your finances
on track by taking part in online money management modules from Blackbullion.
Blackbullion is an easy-to-use resource designed to help you take control of your financial future. You'll develop your money management
skills and maximise the value of bursaries and other financial aid.
Available free of charge to all students and staff, just register with your University of Essex email
address. If you don’t yet have a University email address, you can use the University Code 'ESSEXOD'. Modules available include:
Create a budget
Having the ability to create and stick to a budget is a crucial skill that will benefit you throughout your time in university and beyond.
Using tools and apps on your phone can assist you in tacking your income and expenses.
It is important to use bank accounts responsibly by not going beyond agreed limits to avoid unnecessary charges, possible freezing of accounts and poor future credit ratings. If you encounter difficulties keep your bank informed.
Working while studying
Many students choose to work part-time to supplement their income. Working during
your course can also give you excellent skills and experience to boost your CV. Our Student Services Hub can help you find
part-time work. There are also many opportunities to
work in paid jobs on campus.
If you're an international student, please read our information on
working in the UK for international
students before you start looking for a job. The country you're from and your visa
type will determine whether or not you can work in the UK.
Living off campus
SU Advice can advise you
about renting in the private sector, including what bills or other payments you may be responsible for.
Get in touch with SU Homes if you need help finding
private sector accommodation.
Coping with debt can induce stress, but it's crucial not to overlook the situation, as that can make matters worse. It's essential to talk about your situation to your creditors and discuss the options open to you. If this process becomes challenging or overwhelming, consider seeking expert help from the funding team or debt management organization Step Change. National Debtline is another potential avenue for assistance
As a student, there are lots of great websites that can provide you with information about money matters as a student:
The Money Charity offers invaluable advice to help you manage your money wisely while at university. Learn how to budget, reduce costs, make extra income, and avoid debt.
Save the Student has all the insider tips and discounts you need to master money at University.
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