Student Advice Service – Money Matters

News from the Student Advice Service at the University of Brighton

Money Week day 5 – how to reduce the cost of your bills at home before the energy cap is lifted

Household energy costs are set to increase which is a huge concern to many of us right now. The government has announced a series of measures to help households cope with the increase. Refer to your energy supplier website for information on how to access any grants and discounts on offer and speak to them…

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Money Week day 4 – how to get out and about for less

One of the biggest expenses after rent is travel, although of course this depends on how far away you live from campus, and how often you travel home to visit family.  There could be a few ways you could reduce your spending on travel, so this blogs offers some suggestions which may help. Bus travel…

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Money Week day 3 – what is sustainable fashion?

The three R’s of sustainability, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, can be easily applied to fashion with the results not only impacting positively on the environment but also your wallet. Reduce Slow fashion You will be familiar with the term ‘fast fashion’ – cheap, accessible, on-trend clothes sourced through mass market chains such Primark, Zara, Mango. This…

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Money Week day 2 – how to rethink the weekly shop

It’s hard to miss the prominence of environmental and sustainability issues in the media in recent years. On a global scale we’re being encouraged to make small changes to our lifestyles in order to help maintain a healthier planet. But does living a more ‘sustainable’ lifestyle mean your standard of living has to go down?…

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Money Week day 1 – cooking and eating well on a tight budget

Welcome to Money Week! To kickstart our week-long campaign of positive money messages, today’s blogs is all about cooking well on a budget, so we have some delicious easy and affordable recipes which we have been tried and tested by the Student Advice team. The weekly shop can be financially draining and daunting especially if…

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Welcome to Money Week 2022

The theme for this year’s national campaign is ‘Sustainable Spending’ which is being adopted by hundreds of universities, funding authorities and associated stakeholders throughout the UK #nsmw22. Between Monday 21st – Friday 25th February we will be posting daily blogs to help you budget more sustainably, challenging you to keep a money diary monitoring all…

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EU students – are you eligible for an Immigration Health Surcharge refund?

On 1st January  2022 the UK government introduced a scheme to refund some EU students the Immigration Health Surcharge that they paid as part of a visa application to come to the UK. You may qualify if: you’re in full-time higher education in the UK you have a visa that started on or after 1…

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Are you eligible for Universal Credit? How does it affect your funding?

We know that many students have to exist on very little money and so when looking for options to raise more money we often get asked if students are eligible for Universal Credit. Generally speaking, if you are enrolled on a full time course, whether you are Undergraduate or Postgraduate the answer is no. You…

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Thinking about changes which might affect your funding? Please talk to Student Advice

It is really common to reach the end of the academic term and have questions about where or what you are studying and if it is right for you. If you’ve got some questions about any aspect of your course, making a decision and taking action can be a positive step towards getting you on…

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Money Saving Expert survey on ‘buy now, pay later’ financial services

Money Saving Expert are keen to better understand the consumer experience of Buy Now Pay Later services like Klarna and Clearpay. We have been asked to promote their survey amongst the student community, so if you have 5 minutes to spare over the holiday and you have some insight to share, please have a look…

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