Finance &

Money

Getting comfortable with planning and sticking to a precise budget will make your University life a lot easier.

OUR TOP TIPS

 

1. BUDGET

Start by adding up all your incoming money from student loans, parents/guardians, jobs etc and then deduct all your essential outgoing money for tuition fees, rent, bills, food etc. The total you’re left with is what you have budgeted for socialising and buying non-essential things you want - like your fancy dress outfit for the Headingley Mile! If you’re on a budget remember that being sociable doesn’t have to be expensive, think nights in with housemates, free events at the Union or days in the park!

Why not try a budget planner template or browse apps that may work for you. 

2. SHOP SMART & SAVE

Utilise your student discount wherever you are, whether in shops or online. If you’re living in a student house you’re automatically exempt from paying council tax and could be entitled to free medical prescriptions too so be sure to find out what else you don’t have to pay for as a student.

 

Discount cards like the NUS TOTUM will guarantee you’ll get money off in most places and the 16-25 railcard will give you a third off your train fares, handy if Leeds isn’t so close to home.

3. YOU DON'T HAVE TO LIVE OFF BAKED BEANS

It’s not that difficult to eat well on a student budget if you plan your meals in advance and stick to your shopping list when you head to the supermarket. You can even decide a weekly menu with your housemates and save money by eating together.

 

Batch cooking and freezing your meals is a quick and easy trick to avoid wasting food and can be a lifesaver during exams when you have no time to prep but need good food to keep you going. Having stock in the freezer is also great as a backup plan for when the cupboards are bare! Check out more information in our Healthy Eating section!

4. KNOW YOUR STUFF ON STUDENT FINANCE 

Student loans can be confusing - how much will you get? When do you have to pay it back? What's the smartest way to manage the money? Luckily, the team over at The Money Movement have the answers to all your questions. Their aim is to use knowledge and experience to simplify the scary and complex world of money for everybody. This is just one of their videos on money matters, head to their website for more information.

5. GET SUPPORT

If you are struggling with your finances, please don't go it alone. Whether you need a helping hand or if you just need some advice get in touch with the Student Welfare team. The University has a number of ways that we can help you with your finances during your studies.

student.union@leeds-art.ac.uk

0113 202 8296

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