Life Moments - Students & Graduates

An introduction to student finance and budgeting

Student finance

Looking for student finance but getting confused? From tuition fees to grants, scholarships and bursaries, we've got the answers.

Student budgeting

Planning your budget isn’t always easy, but it’s an important part of student life. Seeing a big figure landing in your bank account for the first time can be misleading. 

Once you know how much you'll have to spend, you can start looking at what you need to spend it on. Try to work out what your expenditure will be over the same period – weekly or monthly. The key trick now is to make sure that your income is either more or the same as your expenditure. If expenditure is higher you’re going to run out of money!

Ever wonder how much it will cost? Wonder no more.

For the fifth year in a row, we’ve published data to help you understand what it’s really like to be a student at university. We’ve asked 3,419 students across 35 popular university cities how much they spend on essentials like food, rent and bills, and how they juggle their time across studying, part-time work and socialising.

Tools to help you plan ahead

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Savings goal tool

Set up a savings goal to help you save for a house, car or holiday.
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Salary calculator

Work out what your take home pay is each month after tax.
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Budget calculator

Use our calculator to help you budget at university.

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