NOW YOU'RE A STUDENT WHAT NEXT?

HOW DO I GET FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE?

Use the appropriate links below to get the assistance you require.

  1. Contact the Student Loan Company (SLC), click here
  2. Contact Direct Gov./ Student Finance, click here
  3. Contact Student Finance Wales/ Cyllid Myfyrwyr Cymru click here
  4. Contact Student Awards Agency for Scotland click here
  5. Contact Student Finance Northern Ireland click here
  6. Contact Student Finance IE in the Republic of Ireland click here

WHY DO I NEED INSURANCE?

  1. As a student away from home, you need insurance to help protect you against the trials of life, such as accidents or malicious intent, could you afford to replace all of your valuables: laptop, jewellery, phone etc, if they were stolen or completely destroyed in an accident, such as a fire?
  2. Insurance can't prevent these things from happening, but is there to help you get your life back to normal, as quickly as possible.
  3. To protect your possessions and yourself please contact us by using the link below.
  4. When leaving your home, always make sure you lock up properly, securing both windows and doors.
  5. Put your valuables away and out of sight of the windows, if you're leaving them behind, when you go out.
  6. Try to create an illusion of occupancy, when you're out, by leaving a radio on and the use of automatic switches on table lamps randomly turning them on and off.
  7. When returning home especially late at night use the well lit and well used route and avoid dimly lit so called "short cuts". Whenever possible try to be accompanied by someone you trust.
  8. Always use a registered taxi that you have booked yourself, never get into a car that claims to be a taxi and is soliciting for business on the roadside, the only taxis you can flag down are registered Hackney Cabs (black cabs).
  9. When travelling alone on a bus sit down stairs as close to the driver as possible, on trains avoid sitting in empty coaches.
  10. When carrying a shoulder bag, use the strap properly and put it over your head and onto the opposite shoulder, making sure the flap is turned into your body, similarly with other long strapped items, such as cameras, put the strap over your head.
  11. Security is necessary and essential, living in a modern world, as is a good insurance policy. To arrange an insurance policy, please use the link below.

WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP MY FUTURE CAREER PROSPECTS?

We all know how busy and exciting, starting at a new college or university is, but take a few minutes to consider what career you are working towards. Academic qualifications are admirable and fine to look at, but if you have practical and people skills to back them up it increases their effectiveness tenfold, rendering you more attractive to potential employers.

How to achieve this, transformation in your employability is simple. Find part time work to help finance your student lifestyle and give you practical experience in the workplace. If you can find employment in the field you are interested in all the better, although any experience is an advantage from bar and catering to hotel and shop work. Voluntary work is also an avenue worth considering. A temporary job during the summer is also a good way to gain both financially and in experience.

While you're out, gaining valuable experience and earning wages or when you're out enjoying yourself, you need the peace of mind that only a good insurance policy con provide.

To arrange an insurance policy please use the 'get a quote' link.

BUDGETING FOR STUDENTS.

  • Click here for a copy of our student budgeting sheets.
  • Don't forget that TV license; it still applies to you as a student,
    click here to find out more
  • Learning to cook for yourself is essential, as home cooked food is cheaper, and usually, healthier for you, with that in mind
    click here for inspiration and ideas.

So if anything goes awry in your life, make sure that you are covered for it, with an adequate insurance policy.

SECURITY TIPS!

Students are, statistically, one of the most likely groups to fall victim to crime.

Students own more expensive consumer goods per head than the rest of the population. It is no surprise then that 1 in 3 students becomes the victim of a crime each year. Added to that fact, young people (aged 16 to 24 year old) are around three times more likely to be victims of burglary than people in other age groups, which makes students all the more vulnerable.

Don’t be a statistic. Staying safe is all about following a few common-sense guidelines. Read the following tips, which could make all the difference:

  • LOCK IT OR LOOSE IT
    Many burglaries happen when a door or window has been left open. In a private home or flat, lock up whenever you go out – with deadbolts if you have them.
  • BE VIGILANT IN HALLS OR RESIDENCE
    Be careful who you let in or who follows you into the building. Lock your bedroom door even if you are only going down the corridor.
  • PROTECT YOUR MOBILE PHONE
    Be vigilant when using your mobile phone. If your phone is stolen, call your network or 08701 123 123 to immobilise it.
  • SECURITY MARK YOUR PROPERTY
    Mark your property with the initials of your university (e.g. NU – Nottingham University) and your student ID number. This makes it harder for a burglar to sell stolen goods and sometimes helps the police to return items to you.
  • GET INSURED
    Rooms filled with desirable, portable, electronic items attract burglars to student accommodation. It’s already expensive enough being a student without having to replace stolen possessions. Your Stereo, TV, PlayStation and computer might not seem worth insuring, but think about the cost of replacing them! Make the smart choice; insure your possessions before it’s too late.

OTHER USEFUL SECURITY TIPS FOR STUDENTS

ON THE BUS

  • Use a bus stop you know, or one that appears busy and well lit.
  • If you’re going to an unfamiliar place, have friends meet you at your destination.
  • Sit close to the driver.

ON THE TRAIN

  • Wait on a well lit section of platform, near other people.
  • Sit in a busy compartment at the front of the train.
  • If you feel uncomfortable, consider getting out of your carriage and into another, or even getting off the train altogether.

ON THE TUBE

  • Sit in a carriage near the front of the train.
  • If anybody makes you feel uncomfortable, get off and wait for the next tube.
  • Late at night, have friends or family meet you at your destination station.

TAKING A TAXI

  • As often as possible, use a taxi company you know, or one recommended by family or friends.
  • If you have booked a taxi over the phone, make sure the driver knows your name and destination, in order to ensure it’s the correct taxi.
  • Have your money and keys ready so that you can get into your home quickly at the end of your journey.
  • If you feel uncomfortable in a taxi, ask the driver to stop in a busy familiar place and get out of the car.