Hear from the experts
We've teamed up with MoneySavingExpert to bring you ten things you need to know before going to uni, including how to budget, where to get the best student account, and what deals to grab.
Support with the cost of living
Is the cost of living making your next steps harder? Whether you’re interested in a traditional degree or becoming an apprentice, we’re here to support you on your higher education journey.
1. Be the boss of your budget
Sorting out your budget needs to be your first step.
2. An overdraft will be your buffer
When choosing a student bank account, aim to get the biggest and longest 0% overdraft you can.
3. Credit cards aren't as cool as they might sound
A credit card means you're effectively borrowing money from the bank and agreeing to pay it back at the end of the month.
4. Don't let mighty mobile bills get you
If you don't want to face palpitation-inducing phone bills at the end of the month, you'll need to take charge of your mobile bill.
5. Keep your wits about you when renting
It's vital to be clued up on your rights in private digs, to make sure unscrupulous landlords don't end up taking advantage.
6. Check if you're covered by your parents' home insurance
You need to make sure you've got some contents insurance for worst case scenarios.
7. Register to vote
If you want to rent, get a mobile contract, or sign up for a credit card, it really helps if you're on the electoral roll, which is basically a list of everyone who's registered to vote.
8. Grab the best student deals
As a student, there are loads of deals you can get your hands on to make your money go further. For a full list of student deals, see MoneySavingExpert’s student discounts and deals page.
9. Avoid hefty broadband bills
Before you take on a pricey contract, you should consider some alternatives.
10. Get expensive software for free!
Always check any software you put on your computer is suitable and compatible with your existing setup first.