Student Loans – How to spend them wisely

Moving out of the family home and fending for yourself when first starting university is daunting.  Living for the first year in halls of residence, however, usually means your utility bills are included in the rent and the lease term is geared specifically to university term times. Second year students, however, are faced with living in private rented accommodation, with the added responsibility for gas, water and electricity bills as well as a longer lease term which your maintenance grant/loan may not cover. Here are 4 ways to save money whilst at university: 1.  Shop for bargains – watch notice…

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What to Take to University

Second and third year students will probably laugh out loud when they see the amount of stuff Freshers are bringing. They can be smug because they know you’ll never use the half of it! There are those of you who need to know that you’re totally prepared and others who will just ‘wing it’.  I have to say that, for once, the unprepared are probably the wisest. When you arrive at your digs (which will be shared with at least 3 other people), and find that you only have one cupboard each to store your stuff and one cutlery drawer…

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How do Students afford Christmas?

If this is your first Christmas as a student away from home, then it will seem as if everything’s happening at once. Not only is the deadline looming for your projects, but there are end of term exams to get through as well as endless invitations to Christmas parties.  Add to that the worry of affording the journey home and presents for family, it really can be a difficult time. Here are a few tips to get you through: Read our top student study tips blog to get you through your Christmas exams by managing your time effectively and following…

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Let Microsoft Jumpstart your Career

Young people in Britain have boundless talent and enthusiasm which means that they have a lot to bring to employers. But they also find it difficult to get jobs in the first place as they don’t start with lots of experience. As a result, young people are disproportionately represented amongst the ranks of the unemployed; four in every ten unemployed people are under 25. Microsoft has launched Young Britain Works to provide work experience opportunities for young people and to equip young people with the resources to secure that all important first job. Click here for more information on the…

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