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Budgeting for University

It is important to prioritise essential spending such as your rent, bills and food; all other non-essential expenses should come after this

Knowing what money you expect to be coming in and going out helps you to make informed choices about spending. Having a budget doesn’t guarantee that your money will be sorted, but it does mean you know where your money is going, and will help you to plan ahead.

When you’re putting together your expenses, don’t forget that students get access to various discounts and exemptions. Students are normally exempt from paying council tax, and may be eligible for the NHS low-income scheme for help with prescription costs. You can also get discounts on railcards, and lots of shops, cafes, and restaurants offer student discounts. There are also schemes like Unidays, Studentbeans, and TOTUM which can get you discounts on even more.

The Student Funding and Advice team are here to provide advice and help with questions around your Student Finance as well as support those who find themselves in financial hardship. They also offer one to one budgeting sessions which are bookable all year round, and advice on initiatives like Norwich University of the Arts bursary, or our Sports and Societies Participation Fund.

Cost of living support

Find out about the Cost of living Support Package 2023-24

Additional support

Additional financial support is available for students in certain categories.

This includes:

  • Special Support Grant
  • Childcare Grant
  • Adults Dependents Grant
  • Parents Learning Allowance
  • Financial Support Fund
  • Disabled Students Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit

For further information about additional support please visit

Non-EU Students

Student Finance from the Government is not available for students living outside the EU. Find out more about Fees and Funding for International Students, as well as information about Scholarships we offer International Students.

Tuition fees for non-EU students are charged at full cost.

What do I do if I have queries about financial support?

Email us if you’d like some advice or support about funding and student finance.

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Questions or queries on Student Finance?

If you have any queries about financial support or would like further advice from the University, please don’t hesitate to email us.

For further information about anything on this page call +44 (0) 1603 610561