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.

Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) for students who normally live in England

Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) is support to help with any extra essential costs you may have as a direct result of your disability, long-term health condition, mental health condition, or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia. This information is relevant to students who normally live in England.

Disabled Students' Allowance: Northern Ireland

The Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) aims to ensure everyone has the support and adjustments they need to succeed during their studies. This information is relevant to students who normally live in Northern Ireland.

Disabled Students' Allowance: Wales

The Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) aims to ensure everyone has the support and adjustments they need to succeed during their studies. This information is relevant to students who normally live in Wales.

Finance and funding for care experienced students

Many students are worried about managing their money – and if you're in care, or have experience of being in care in the past, this may seem like a particular challenge. But there's lots of help for you.

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.

First-generation students

Students who do not have parents or carers who have attended university themselves sometimes find it useful to have additional information and help when making their decisions and applying to higher education.

Funding

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