Every university employs a student money adviser. These are experts in helping students manage their money, and should be your first port of call if you’re having trouble making ends meet. However, you might never have to call on them at all if you follow the five golden rules to managing your money, courtesy of Lynne Condell of the National Association of Student Money Advisers (NASMA).
Also make sure that you’re applying for everything you’re entitled to. Remember to tick the box asking if you want to be ‘income-assessed’ on the application. If you don’t tick this box you will only receive the basic student finance package, without any means-tested loans or grants. Once you have a confirmed place, ask your university if they have any additional grants or bursaries you can apply for as well.