Becoming a student

Introducing you to life
at university

A guide to student accommodation

Finding the right student accommodation to suit you is important. It's probably the first time you've lived away, but don't worry, your university digs will soon feel like home. Here's our guide to the different kinds of student accommodation and some of their pros and cons to help you find your new home from home.

Accommodation options

Student guide to insurance

Most students own smartphones and laptops so it's worth taking the time to look into insurance. You might be able to extend your parents' home contents policy or it could be included in your student halls but it's always worth checking if you're covered. 

Below is our top five tips to student insurance.

  1. 1

    Check the terms and conditions of any student insurance package to make sure you have the level of cover you need.

  2. 2

    If you're remaining in your property outside of term-time, make sure you check the period of insurance as some policies only cover term-time.

  3. 3

    Make sure any specialist equipment that you want cover for are specifically highlighted to your insurance company.

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    Specialist equipment

    Items such as bicycles, musical instruments and course equipment could be seen as specialist. Expensive items such as these may need to be listed separately on your policy.
  4. 4

    If you're taking a car to university, make sure to your insurance provider is aware.

  5. 5

    Remember, even if you're living in shared accommodation each student is responsible for their own insurance policy. 

Ever wonder how much it will cost? Wonder no more.

For the sixth year in a row, we’ve published data to help you understand what it’s really like to be a student at university. We’ve asked 2,806 students across 29 popular university cities how much they spend on essentials like food, rent and bills, and how they juggle their time across studying, part-time work and socialising.

Stay in control of your finances

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Student finance and budgeting

Looking for student finance but getting confused? From tuition fees to grants, scholarships and bursaries, we've got the answers. 

Mobile banking app

Your time at university is precious so don't waste it. Our mobile app lets you stay in touch with your account at a time that suits you. 

Tools for planning ahead

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Savings goal tool

Set up a savings goal to help you save for a house, car or holiday.
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Calculate take home pay

Find out how to work out your take home pay each month.
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Budget calculator

Use our calculator to help you budget at university.

Manage your money, protect your goods

Specific card and account eligibility criteria applies. Credit facilities available to over 18s only.

Student bank account

Pick a perk! Choose 1 of our 3 great offers to make student life just that little bit easier.

Student credit card

The credit card designed for student living, find out more about the features by clicking below.

Renters insurance

Tailor your policy and choose how much your contents are insured for with renters insurance.

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