Managing money on a student budget can be tricky, find out what help is available to you if you are thinking of coming to King’s
Who are Student Advice and how can they help me?
The Student Advice Service provides information, advice and guidance to both prospective and current students at King’s College London. The team is made up of Specialist Advisors who can advise you on a range of issues including money, housing, immigration and welfare.
I am a Student Money Advisor and I can help with your questions regarding money matters such as funding, budgeting and how to best manage your money whilst at university.
How can you access this advice and support?
You can come along to one of our Drop-ins and speak to an Advisor, no appointment needed! These are weekly & across all campuses. Take a look at our Drop-in schedule: click here.
Alternatively, you can complete an Online Enquiry Form: click here.
A member of the Advice team will then assist you with your enquiry based on your preferences. We offer appointments face to face, over the phone and even via Skype!
If you have a money related enquiry you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to answer any money questions you might have.
What advice resources are available?
We have information on our web pages, click here, and a number of advice guides that can be downloaded. These vary from advice on banking, Council Tax and even how to do your laundry!
Our dedicated Money Mentors are a team of students that have been trained to help give you support with any money worries you might have whilst you are here. They will be out and about on our money campaigns throughout the year. Money Mentors and Nursing students Sharron and Samantha will tell us what it’s like to assist their fellow students with their money saving knowledge…blog post coming soon!
What is the most important piece of advice you can give?
I always say that budgeting is essential! A budget allows you to have some control over what you spend, plan for the future, keep a check on your income and outgoings and save a few pennies every month. Does maths make your head hurt? No fear, we have a number of resources that are here to help you with your budgeting. Start by watching the short video ‘How to make a budget’: click here.
King’s have partnered up with blackbullion.com to give students access to essential online budgeting tools and financial tutorials. Use your King’s email address to register for free now!
Take a look at The Money Charity’s ‘Student Moneymanual’ which is an excellent resource packed full of money facts and information – definitely worth a read over a cup of tea: click here.
I also find that some Nursing students are not aware that if they are living in a King’s residency, then they can request to pay their accommodation fees monthly rather than termly. If you would like to explore this as an option, contact the Credit Control department directly: click here.
It also worth looking at the Funding pages of the King’s website as there are Nursing specific Hardship Funds like the Perseverance Trust Hardship Bursary 2015 for those struggling with living costs whilst on course.
And finally, I am a big fan of car boot sales. They are brilliant for finding bargains such as ornaments for your room, but also great for useful things like kitchen equipment and stationary: TimeOut Car Boot Sales List.
Rachel Glover, Student Advice