Professional and Career Development Loans – what’s the deal?

The future is looking bleak for this year’s graduates. With youth unemployment at a record high, the number of university leavers dashing in the direction of post-graduate study has risen sharply.

Students at the University of Birmingham are among those who push the city to the top of the buy-to-let league

Top 10 hot spots for student accommodation

Buy-to-let houses can be money-spinners in university cities, report Chiara Cavaglieri and Julian Knight

We advise adding cherry tomatoes, Lea & Perrins, grated cheddar cheese and lots of pepper for a more gourmet variation on the student classic.

Top ten easiest meals for students (or anyone else for that matter) to cook

Admit it: students tend to subsist on kebab meat and snakebite most of the time.

Top 10 brilliant student money saving tips

You're a student, so you're poor. It's a fact; the two go hand-in-hand. And if you will keep spending all your money on booze and fags... You know what? We, just like your mum, are worried about you. So worried, in fact, that we've asked specialist student discount and money-saving site studentbeans.com for their 10 best money-saving tips for students.

How to help manage the costs of university life

Budgets matter but communication is vital, especially with the cost of studying going up, says Justine East

Is a degree worth £9,000 per year?

This week Oxford University confirmed that it would raise undergraduate tuition fees to £9,000 per year. The decision came after Cambridge, Imperial College London and Exeter also announced their intentions to charge the maximum allowed by the government’s recent reforms. To say the least, this news puts Nick Clegg’s claims that £9,000 fees would be ‘the exception, not the rule’ in doubt. But is a university degree really worth all that money? We've asked recent graduates and current students what they think.

Reduce your rent by heading northwards

If accommodation costs are putting you off a course, look at a different region

How to have fun without ending up bankrupt

Katie Evans guides freshers through the trials and pitfalls of funding your course – as well as your social life

Budget clinic: learn to control your spending

Student finance expert Gwenda Thomas dispenses some hard-hitting advice to graduates

Get the best deal from your banking provider

Bank wisely, and graduate without a huge debt

Bursaries: what you're entitled to at university

Follow our guide to what you’re entitled to at university and you’ll be quids in

Vouch for your financial future by clipping some coupons

Take advantage of the many codes available for online discounts to keep your finances in check

Student finance: find an account that works for you

Don’t be swayed by freebies, go for a bank that offers the best overdraft deal

London 'most cost-effective city for students'

London is the most cost-effective UK city in which to study, an annual student poll suggested today.

Take the heartache out of university by balancing your budget in advance

Financial planning is critical to surviving the tough economic environment
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