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 Planning your student finances

I have accepted my place at Queen Mary, but have a student finance application with another university – what do I do?

You will need to inform Student Finance England of your new situation. You can do this by logging into your online account and updating your details. Similarly, if your application was made with Student Finance Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, you will need to let them know you have chosen to study at Queen Mary.

What happens if my Student Finance is delayed?

If you applied for Student Finance but it has not been processed by the start of the academic year, there are a number of ways that QMUL can help. Please see our advice on what to do next.

Am I eligible for a QMUL Bursary?

The 2016-17 Bursary package is as follows:

£1,571 each year for students whose household income is less than £25,000 (and who are eligible for income assessed Student Finance)

£1,256 each year for students with a household income between £25,001 and £42,600 (and who are eligible for income assessed Student Finance)

You do not need to make a separate application for the QMUL Bursary. To receive a QMUL Bursary you must have applied to your regional student funding authority for income assessed UK government financial support, as such this Bursary is only available to Home students. Unless you have indicated otherwise, your assessment will automatically be sent to the QMUL Bursaries, Grants and Scholarships Office (BGS). This information must be received by 31 July 2017. Find out more about our QMUL Bursaries.

Where can I find more information on student finance?

You can read our advice on student funding. We have also provided a guide to help you manage your money and plan for student living costs. If you still can’t find the information you are looking for, you can contact our Advice and Counselling Service.

 Finding accommodation

Will there be spaces left in QMUL halls of residence?

QMUL has set aside a quota of 100 rooms to be allocated to Clearing applicants.  These rooms will be allocated on a random ballot system to applicants who submit their online housing application by Wednesday 24 August (midnight BST).  In order to submit your housing application you must be placed at QMUL, i.e. you must be holding an unconditional firm (UF) offer.  The Admissions Office will send login details for the housing application system to applicants once their status is confirmed as UF on UCAS. Please note your accommodation account will usually become active 24 hours after you receive the login details from Admissions.  If you wish your application for accommodation to be entered into the ballot it is very important that you accept your offer of a Clearing place at QMUL as soon as possible.

The ballot will be drawn on Thursday 25 August and successful applicants will be sent an email confirmation and housing offer on Friday 26 August.  

Applicants who are unsuccessful in the ballot will be assisted in finding alternative housing, this is because Clearing and Adjustment applicants fall outside the current priority group under the Housing Policy.  

Applicants with a Greater London home address will not be eligible to be entered into the ballot, your application will be held on a waiting list for mid-term vacancies. Applicants not entered into the ballot will also be assisted in finding alternative housing.

I don’t live in, or near, London. How can I arrange private accommodation from home?

Initial research can be done online - our Housing Services Team can point you in the right direction. We have a comprehensive website to assist you in finding alternative housing; either in the private rented sector, a privately built hall or residence, student hostel or homestay. We also provide information on short stay housing options for your initial arrival in London or the UK.

Where can I buy things like pots, pans and bedding to kit out my accommodation?

East London is home to plenty of markets where you can pick up a bargain. Our Mile End campus is one Tube stop away from Westfield Stratford City, one of the largest urban shopping centres in Europe, where you will find Argos Extra, John Lewis, Waitrose, Lakeland and Tiger.

Do many students commute to campus?

Commuters won’t find themselves alone at Queen Mary; many of our students choose to commute to campus from Greater London and just outside London. We even have a Commuters’ Society, so you can get to know other people who are living at home and maybe even find a commuting buddy.

 Connecting with other students

Can I make contact with other Queen Mary students before I arrive?

Yes, you can make contact with other new students by joining our Freshers’ 2016 groups on Facebook. This can be a great way of finding people on your course or staying in the same, or nearby, accommodation. Make sure to be sensible with any information you provide online; don’t publicly post your address or phone number.

 International students

I have a confirmed place at QMUL, how do I apply for a CAS?

After your place has been confirmed you will receive a CAS request email with details for your MySIS account. Once you are logged on to your MySIS portal you will be able to submit all the relevant information needed to request a CAS. If you are required to pay a deposit this must be paid before the CAS can be issued, details regarding deposits can be found on our website and also in your MySIS portal.

If we have received all the relevant information, the details provided have been verified as correct by you and you are eligible to study in the UK, you will receive your CAS, via email. If additional information is required this process will take longer. We will aim to send your CAS within five working days but it can take longer if additional information is required. Please ensure you regularly check your email account.

For more information on student visas please take a look at our guide to making a successful Tier 4 application

We look forward to seeing you in September! Before you join, say hello to us via our social media channels. Use the hashtag #futureQMUL to let us know that you are joining the QMUL family

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