Wellbeing Week money blog day 4 – Connect
When we think about who our support network is, the obvious ‘go to’s’ are friends, colleagues, family, partner, housemates and members of a faith or other close community. These are the people who we might reach out to for help and support when we need it.
For many students living away from home for the first time, it is hard to maintain these connections or they may have broken in some way due to distance or something else. If this is you, and you’re feeling isolated or disconnected in any way, we are here for you. You can connect with the support services here at university – your SSGT, academic tutors, Students’ Union, Wellbeing Champions, Residential Life and the Student Advice team.
Talking about personal issues and certainly talking about money can seem daunting and make us feel vulnerable. But the chances are that someone else is feeling exactly the same way or they have had a similar experience, so it is possible you can support each other or find a solution together.
On a more practical note, make sure you make the most of all the library resources – as well as books and journals, you can use computers and other uni resources, connect to the free and fast wifi, reserve study space and project rooms (and it saves on the bills at home). Do ask for help if you’re not sure what is available or how to use any of the equipment.
There are also helpful learning resources and study skills advice if you need some steer with your learning and study.
There are also extensive resources available to students either free or significantly reduced, such as Microsoft Office, which you can use for free on up to 5 devices. You can find out more about the library and IT services here.
Student Advice Service