Student Advice Service – Money Matters

News from the Student Advice Service at the University of Brighton

Important deadline for hardship fund applications

Are you a home final year undergraduate student or enrolled on a full time PGCE course? Have you been thinking about applying for the Student Support Fund? The closing date for final year undergraduate and PGCE students is Friday 6th May. This means that you need to complete the online application form and submit all…

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Financial support and budgeting advice

Many undergraduate students will be heading towards the end of term this Friday 8th April and you will probably be aware that the next instalment of Student Finance is not due to be paid until early May. We know that this is will be a worry for some students, so we want to remind you…

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Low cost, sustainable, local food market for young people aged 16 – 25

Great news! YMCA Youth Advice Centre (YMCA YAC) Brighton have opened a sustainable social grocery store for anyone aged 16-25, living in the Brighton and Hove area. It’s a one-stop shop where you’ll find a range of healthy, low-cost foods and shopping products made up from high quality surplus or donated supplies. YMCA YAC are…

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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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