10 money tips for starting uni or college

With the cost of everything from a flat white to fruit and veg at an all-time high, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But there are things you can do to feel more in control of the situation. Here are 10 practical steps that can help.

Accommodation for apprentices

If you decide to do an apprenticeship, accommodation is something to consider if you’re going to live away from home. It’s important you make the right decision for you and your circumstances, so you feel comfortable and happy after coming home from work. We’ve outlined what you need to know to make an informed decision for you.

Additional funding

As well as a student loan, there’s other financial support available from a range of sources. Find out more about funding your undergraduate course.

Admissions tests

Some universities require you to sit an admissions test as part of the application process – discover the different types of assessment here.

Career goals: Mechanical design engineer

Design engineer Adam chose to take an apprenticeship over university. Here he explains his role, how he juggled work with studying and why he's glad he took the apprenticeship path.

Chloe's story

From being estranged from her family and homeless at 16, to studying at the University of Oxford, Chloe shares her advice for estranged students considering applying to university.

Finance for independent students

If you're applying as an independent student, here's what you'll need to do to apply for student finance. Content provided by Student Finance England.


Find additional financial support for travel, meals and accommodation costs, course equipment, and childcare from one of these schemes.

Get your finances uni-ready

It’s almost time to go to university, but it’s super important to get your finances in order first. Tick these off your list before you start uni and you’ll be well on your way to being in control of your own money.