Posted on 6 February 2017
February can be a lean month, after buying presents and visiting your family over the holidays. It's a good time to take stock and think about how to make your student loan go further.
Monday 6 to Friday 10 February is National Student Money Week, run by National Association of Student Money Advisers (NASMA). We are working with NASMA and other organisations to bring you advice and support. The theme this year is 'Waste Not, Want Not'.
Student advisors will be in the Library foyer from 12.30pm to 2.00pm on Friday 9 February with information about reducing food waste and saving money. You can also come along to drop-in sessions for money-related advice at the Student Hub in Market Square. Visit the Student Hub webpage to find out more.
Look out for our money related posts throughout the week and find out how you can save money and help the environment. Follow the hashtag #NSMW17 on Twitter and nsmw17 on Instagram.
The Student Room are hosting a week of online web chats, providing targeted advice on how you can budget and make your money go further. This includes advice on debt and budgeting, Disabled Student Allowances, repaying your student loan, welfare and immigration advice, and more. Download their calendar of events and find out more.
The average person in the UK throws away about £200 worth of food every year. That can make a real difference to students who are balancing debts and studies.
By learning to plan ahead and make the best use of what you have you can save money and the environment. Love Food Hate Waste are supporting this year's Money Week and their website is full of articles, recipes and information about how you can save money and make food go further.
Read the Money Advice Service blog post for advice on 'Making your student money go further'. 52% of young adults feel like they can't make a difference to their finanical situation, but you can. Visit the Money Advice Service website for ideas on how to budget better and handle your debt. Or call (+44) 800 138 7777 to speak to an adviser.
OLIO is an app that connects you with your neighbours and local shops so surplus food and other items can be shared and not thrown away. It is available for free from the iPhone App Store and Google Play.