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Durham University

Student Finance

Managing Your Money

Setting up a budget is one of the most important things you can do as a student. If you're on top of your finances, dealing with everything else that comes with being a student will be much easier.

These websites take you through the process of setting up a budget.

Brightside Student Calculator (recommended by the National Union of Students)

Save the Student Complete Student Budgeting Guide

The Money Advice Service Beginners Guide to Managing Your Money

See some sample student budgets here.

Find out what a Durham University student has to say about budgeting here.

These websites give you tips on living on a student budget.

The Money Advice Service Student and Graduate Money Pages Student Budgeting Hints and Tips

Make sure you're on top of your finances - do a free financial health check.

TIP: If you've done your budget, and your essential expenditure is higher than your income, and you can't do anything to increase your income, contact the Student Support Office in your College. You may be able to apply for support from the University Hardship Fund.

Recommended Reading: the Save the Student Essential Student Money Guide


Thinking about managing your well-being and keeping your finances on track? Play the Student Survivor game.

If you're not in the green zone in real life use the tools on this web-page to get your finances back under control and/or have a chat to the Student Support Office in your College about your well-being.