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Top 10 ways to reduce your university debt this year

With Tories raising tuition fees even further, and having scrapped the maintenance grant, it's more important than ever for students to budget their way through university - and Claire Beveridge tells you how to do it

The hidden costs of student living show that maintenance loans

Whatever your view of student life in the UK, the most popular image appears in Natwest’s Uniproof adverts, which jokingly refer to a student’s hectic schedule while showing them wrapped in a duvet with their phone and a mug of hot something, presumably after a rough night out. This stereotype of messy socialising students, increasingly surrounded by technology and creature comforts, is very familiar - but needs updating.

Your indispensable last-minute guide to making your own Christmas

Christmas is approaching, which means late-night shopping, seasonal sales and stretched student overdrafts. Ticking off the presents list is always difficult when your pockets are less than lined and you’re buying for the friends and family who have everything imaginable. So instead of reaching for the house swear jar or skipping the in between classes Tesco meal deal, crafted gifts are the answer.

8 must-have items students need to take to university

Whether you’re starting university this September or returning for your second or final year, there are some things you won’t be able to get by without as a student, no matter what stage you’re at. Get your suitcase ready and put on your sweetest voice for a quick and hefty withdrawal from the bank of mum and dad if you have to for these eight essential items.

Beat the bar work: Alternative ways to make money at university

Easter is fast approaching and every student’s and soon-to-be graduate’s thoughts will soon be turning to summer. Are you trying to plan the holiday of a lifetime, but your overdraft just isn’t stretching far enough? Well, it’s not too late to earn some extra cash before the semester ends. Taking on a job at a bar or in retail can be hard to fit around a busy season of essay deadlines and revision, but there are various other ways to make money at university that offer flexibility for when you need to pull an all-nighter in the library.

The realities of balancing employment with your studies

When studying for an undergraduate degree costing £27,000 in fees alone, while constantly being reminded that this qualification won’t be enough on its own to get you a graduate job, part-time work can feel like an obligatory sideline for university students. But do the rigours of retail and other part-time employment mix with studying for a degree?