The Student Support Coordinators are here to provide prospective or current students with free, confidential and practical advice on student money matters whilst at Northeastern University London.
We can support you with a range of concerns that you may encounter during your time here. We aim to help students overcome any financial difficulty they may face, including but not limited to;
- Support understanding and liaising with the Student Loan Companies.
- Administering the Northeastern University London Bursary, with funds of up to £4,000. More information is available here.
- Support managing periods of unexpected financial hardship, through our Northeastern University London Hardship Fund.
- Outlining the process of establishing a UK bank account for international students. Save The Student has some guidance here.
- Additional support for students who are independent, care-experienced or estranged.
Budgeting in London
There is a lot to think about whilst you are studying at university, but having a good budget in place should be one of your top priorities. Here are some of our top tips to help you achieve that:
- Ensure that you are receiving all the financial support you are entitled to through the Student Loans Company (if eligible), as the Maintenance Loan is usually the best way to support yourself through study.
- Utilizing the Senate House and Northeastern University London digital library to access course materials for free, rather than purchasing course materials that can often be expensive.
- Apply for a Transport for London 18+ Student Oyster Photo Card available here.
- If you are aged between 16-30 you can buy a National railcard that gets 1/3 off train tickets. Visit 16-25 railcard or 26-30 railcard for more information. If you are 31+ and enrolled on a full-time programme of study you can apply as a mature student for a 16-25 railcard.
- Investing in a good batch cookbook and reusable travel mug to make sure you can bring lunch and coffee from home, as small costs add up over the year
- Read through Save the Students How to Budget at University article and make use of their budgeting planner.
- Full-time students can apply for an exemption from paying council tax. For more information please visit Gov.uk.
- Apply for the NHS Low Income Scheme to get help with NHS costs such as prescription costs and dental costs.
- Be savvy with student discounts. Students can apply for a Totum card to get discounts on the high street and online. More on Totum here.
- Check out alternative supermarkets for cheaper options. Aldi was found to be the cheapest supermarket so far in 2023 in Which? Supermarket price comparison analysis.
As an NU London student, you can also access Blackbullion resources. Blackbullion is a student financial wellbeing platform, where you can find different pathways and articles on student life, budgeting and other financial topics to help with future financial planning. You can also view our NU London funds under the funding tab.
Browse what Blackbullion has to offer here.
For any other queries please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northeastern University has in place the Student Hardship Fund to support students who find themselves in unexpected and unpredictable financial hardship, for example: a serious accident/illness preventing work, non-payment of wages by an employee and being a victim of financial fraud. The maximum award for the Hardship Fund is £500.
In order to be eligible for the Hardship Fund students must be able to demonstrate that they had in place reasonable financial arrangements and that their hardship is due to unforeseeable circumstances beyond their control.
The Student Hardship Fund is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Apprentices and students studying on partner programmes (including programmes accredited by Northeastern) are not eligible to apply. For further queries on eligibility please contact: email@example.com
Students can apply through Blackbullion here