By Kinza Ahmed
FINANCE & SPENDING
Spending your money in the most efficient and responsible way is perhaps what most students struggle to do. Here are some websites to assist you with important decisions relating to money:
State financial support – This is the first place you go to for initial information. The ‘student finance, loans and universities section’ tells you what financial help is available, your eligibility and the application criteria and process.
PUSH is an independent guide to UK universities. Visit their Student Money section for useful tips for students to manage their money.
This website is managed by the student finance charity Brightside UNIAID, it has interactive games and budget calculators designed to give you an idea of university life and budgeting.
The NUS website’s ‘Money and Funding’ section is very helpful in offering advice and information on dealing with your finances.
Student Bank Accounts – updated comparison site for the top student bank accounts
Student Discount – money saving articles and tips on where to get a student discount.
Buying Brain – a great money saving blog
Pure Potential (http://www.purepotential.org/university)
This is an independent organisation helping students with student finance, UCAS forms and career choices.
My Money Steps – An online service which provides free, independent and confidential debt advice. It and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
NASMA – Not-for-profit student money advisors
STUDENT LIFE & ADVICE
Bright Knowledge – The essential guide to education, careers and student life.
The Student Room – This website originally designed by students aims to help, support and entertain students at any level of education ranging from GCSEs to postgraduate degrees.
RevisionAid – Advice about useful revision tips and how to make the most of your revision break before exams.
Sorted Food – This website has hundreds of quick, easy, delicious recipe videos plus a whole load of skills, tips from around the web to help you cook or learn to cook at university.
Studential – This comparative website aims to help you make the right decisions by being able to read blogs, articles and ranking tables for your university and courses.
Student Health – Sound advice on keeping healthy whilst at university.
Student Parents – A really useful resource for parents with children heading off to university.
Studentstories.co.uk – features hundreds of audio clips, generated from informal interviews with current students and recent graduates from a range of UK universities about their undergraduate experience.
The National Student – This website is the free and independent publication for students in the UK, helping you make the right choice as a student.
Many of us may find that whilst studying at university, it will be very useful to start looking for work experience or even graduate jobs. So, here are a few websites to assist you with this process:
Resume templates – Offers great help with developing/preparing resume and cover letter templates and examples to download, writing tips and has an interview guide.
Interview questions and answers – Job interview questions and answers, skills and advice for successful interviewing.
Graduate Links – This website provides links to schemes, vacancies, internships, recruiters, job sites, career services, further education!
Student Employment Services –The website specializes in student & graduate placements, from internships to full time jobs.
Looking for student accommodation can be difficult and tiring, therefore here are a few websites to help you with your search and find you accommodation, houses, flats, pads and private halls in the UK closer to your university.