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National Student Money Week

Monday 4 to Friday 8 February is National Student Money Week. Here, the Advice and Counselling Serice provide guidance on how to improve your money management. Welfare Advisers from the Advice and Counselling Service will also be running money pop-ups every lunch time (12.30-1.30pm) at various locations across the Mile End and Whitechapel campuses.

  • Monday 4 February – Ground Café (Mile End)
  • Tuesday 5 February  – The Nest, Students' Union (Mile End)
  • Wednesday 6 February – Library foyer (Mile End)
  • Thursday 7 February – Garrod Building foyer (Whitechapel)
  • Friday 8 February – Graduate Centre foyer (Mile End) 

Tips to improve your money management

Plan a budget and stick to it

We have online resources to help you plan your own budget, including spreadsheets you can personalise. Once you have worked out your budget, you will know how much money you need, and then you can consider the options below. 

Can you reduce your spending?

Check out our great money saving ideas. Make sure you are using all of the discounts you are eligible for, eg the NUS Extra card. Time Out London and London for free both list lots of free and low cost activities for you to enjoy. 

Are you eligible for any extra money?

Undergraduates should read the Additional Sources of Funding guide

There is a separate guide for Medical and Dental students.

Postgraduates should read the Postgraduate Funding guide.

International students should read our money web pages. 

If after reading the relevant guide you need individual, confidential advice, please contact a Welfare Adviser at the Advice and Counselling Service. 

Apply for a non-repayable grant from the University Financial Assistance Fund

This fund at Queen Mary exists to help students who are experiencing financial hardship. The eligibility criteria is explained in the guidance notes. which can be downloaded along with an application form. Submit the completed form with the relevant documents (listed at the back of the form) to the Student Enquiry Centre (ground floor, Queens' Building, Mile End campus) or the Student Office (ground floor, Garrod Building, Whitechapel). 

If you need advice about applying to the fund, please contact a Welfare Adviser at the Advice and Counselling Service. 

Part-time and vacation work

Working part-time can be a useful source of extra income as well as providing you with valuable work experience.

Read the Part-Time and Vacation Work guide, written by Queen Mary staff.

Queen Mary Careers and Enterprise can help with CV writing, interview skills and more. 

Increase your student overdraft limit

If you have a student bank account, check if you have the maximum allowed overdraft limit, as it may be possible to extend it. Ensure that any extension is offered on an interest free basis. 

Do you need further advice?

Money advice is available to all Queen Mary students from experienced Welfare Advisers in the Advice and Counselling Service. The service is confidential and free. 

We have same-day appointments every weekday in term-time, subject to availability. Just turn up to register at 1.30pm. If you would prefer to book an appointment or ask for advice by email you can:

  • email us via our website
  • call us on 020 7882 8717
  • visit our Reception on the ground floor of the Geography building, Mile End campus. 

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