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.

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.