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‘I have totally run out of money – what help is there available?’


Can you advise this student nurse?

“I started uni in September confident that the money I’d saved up over summer plus my bursary would easily get me through the term.

“But I just checked my bank account and was shocked to see I’m down to £47.61! It’s my first-time living independently and I just didn’t realise how quickly I’d get through that money. I know I need to learn to budget but right now I need a short-term solution or I won’t be eating until Christmas.

“Uni told us all in the first week to avoid part-time work but what other options do I have?!

“How have other students coped? Is there any funding available? Or should I ignore uni and find a part-time job?”

- Anonymous


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Readers' comments (4)

  • Go and speak to someone in student support at your university. They may be able to assist you with financial assistance including help with budgeting in the future.

    Also, is there an option to ask relatives for help

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  • My university has a flatting support service which includes food parcels if they're needed. I don't know if there would be something similar available to you. It's all part of our student union membership fees. We get automatically signed up for the union so pretty much everyone is a member.

    If your parents can help, it is worth asking them. You can set it up like a loan if you want to.

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  • Hello,

    have you tried different places to food shop, such as Aldi or Lidl? They are fabulous for students and the food isn't too bad at all!

    I'm in my second year and I have just got a job working as a bank HCA in my local hospital which allows me to fit a part time job as a bank HCA around uni life to give me some extra cash. This then allows you to make some more money as well as gaining more experiance on a ward. Best of both worlds!

    I also agree with the above comments suggesting to talk to a union and possibly asking parents or guardians for additional help.

    Hope this helps and good luck with the rest of your training.

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  • Uni told us that we couldn't work along side uni but I think they are being unrealistic and anyone who says they can't fit part time work around school is kidding themselves in my opinion. I am in my second year and worked part time in a pub along time studies and plcements I just let them know when I wasn't available due to placement. I too have just got a job as a bank hca which is much more flexible, but I am in the same situation as you, I'm incredibly short for money. Have a look at your universities website or student centre and see what financial help you can get e.g. a hardship fund.

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