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Planning your finances

We're here to help – from applying for student finance to budgeting effectively.

Planning your finances

Planning Your Finances

Our Advice and Counselling Service has detailed information to help you plan how much money you will need, where it will come from, how to apply for it, and how to manage it.

Find specific funding information for:

Budgeting and saving money

It is important to understand the cost of living as a student and check that you have adequate funding to meet your costs. You can see example budgeting spreadsheets to see estimated costs of living on the Advice and Counselling website, as well as money saving ideas like student discounts. There is specific budgeting guidance for international students.

A table with documents and the Financial Times on itYou can contact the Advice and Counselling team for confidential advice before you enrol at Queen Mary  for example, if you're having difficulties with your application for Student Finance or if you'd like to check that you are getting all of the income to which you're entitled. There are also online student advice guides that provide information on a range of topics.

If you are not in contact with your family, you are care experienced, or are from a refugee or asylum background, we have particular support available – please see:

Student in LibraryIf you're an undergraduate student and you've applied for your Student Finance but it's been delayed, there is information about what to do and how Queen Mary can help.

You may also want to look into opening a student bank account, although you should research carefully to select the appropriate one for you. Advice and Counselling also provide guidance for international students on opening a bank account in the UK.