National Student Money Week
National Student Money Week is taking place from the 4 March to the 8 March 2024. This week is all about helping you to improve your financial wellbeing, and finding out how to access the financial support and advice that is available to you from the University of Reading.
National Student Money Week is organised by the National Association of Student Money Advisors and the financial education platform, Blackbuilion. This year the Student Financial Support team will be hosting events across campus throughout the week, so make sure to come along and to pick up some free goodies (and for a chance to win some amazing prizes!).
Less Risk, More Reward: Maintaining your Financial Wellbeing at University
The theme for this year's National Student Money Week is 'Less Risk, More Reward: Maintaining your Financial Wellbeing at University'.
Risk refers to uncertainty or variability of returns on something. So it's key to managing those complex, but potentially rewarding financial decisions. If you'd like to learn more about risk, you can complete the new Risk pathways training provided by Blackbullion. If you complete the training between the 4-15 March you will also be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a £500 emergency fund.
All University of Reading students have access to a free Blackbullion account, so once you're registered for your account make sure to also make the most of the free resources and training they have available to help you stay financially healthy at University.
National Student Money Week Events
We are bringing you a week of themed events, access to support and information, and the opportunity to win a variety of useful prizes to help you through the term. Check out the full calendar of events taking place from the 4 -8 March:
|'Beware of the risks when renting' - in-person talk by RSU Housing officer with free Pizza and soft drinks. Complete the online form to register for this talk.
|Monday 4 March, 15:00-17:00
|The Young Gamers and Gamblers Trust (YGAM) will be on campus to offer advice and guidance on the risks associated with online gaming and gambling and how to identify risk taking and addiction behaviours that you may not be aware.
|Tuesday 5 March, 11:30 - 14:00
|The Student Financial Support Team and RSU Money Advisors will be in the RSU building handing out free noodles, advice and the chance to win a £500 emergency fund!
|Wednesday 6 March, 12:00 - 14:00
|Reading Students' Union
|Join us for a National Student Money Week special Life Tools talk on 'Living on a student budget and preventing debt'. Complete the online form to register for this talk.
|Wednesday 6 March, 15:00 - 17:00
The Student Financial Support Team will be in the Library with free noodles, advice and the chance to win a £500 emergency fund! They will be joined by Cyber Crime Police Officer, Hiro, who will be on hand to offer advice on how you can avoid being a victim to cyber crime.
|Thursday 7 March, 11:30 - 14:00
|The Student Financial Support Team will be joined by the RSU Money Advisors to offer a free budgeting workshop and advice with free Pizza and soft drinks. Complete the online form to register for this workshop.
|Friday 8 March, 13:00 - 14:30
All these events are free to attend, and no need to sign up - just drop in, say hello, and pick up some free goodies and money saving tips!
Throughout the week on the Student Life Channels we'll also be sharing resources and advice on budgeting, building emergency savings, recognising scams, as well as helpful tips on maintaining your financial wellbeing. Make sure to also check out the Cost of Living pages on Essentials for advice on supporting yourself and check out our bitesize guide on making the most of your money at University.
Prizes to be won!
Across the week they'll be lots of great prizes to be won. Visit the financial support team's drop-in events across the week for a chance to win... .
Never fear, if you are not able attend the in-person events there are some online competitions being held in partnership with the University of Reading that you can take part in:
Want to win £500?
As part of National Student Money week Blackbullion will be running a competition giving three students the opportunity to win £500 to kickstart your emergency savings pot!
Blackbullion offers numerous educational courses to help you better handle your finances while at University, and as a University of Reading student this service is free to you! Set up your account today to access their online courses and tools.
10 lots of £1000 to be won!
Exclusively for University of Reading students, the Brighter Futures Grants have been created to support our students through their university experience. There are 10 grants each with a value of £1000. Use them towards accommodation or bills to help with the cost of living, or spend them on a new laptop or printer to get you ready for exam season.
Check out the Santander Brighter Futures Grant page on Essentials for more information, and to apply.
Money management advice available to you
The University’s Student Financial Support Team
Reading Students' Union Money Advice
Reading Students' Union Specialist Money Advisors are trained and experienced in offering free, confidential, independent advice and information on all money related matters.
If you'd like support from a member of Reading Students' Union Money Advice team, please complete the contact form. Come to a drop-in with Reading Students' Union Advice Service, either online: or in-person in the Reading Students' Union building on Wednesday afternoons between 1pm and 4pm
If you haven’t used Blackbullion yet, we encourage all students to access this amazing digital financial tool. Set yourself up for the best possible position, no matter your background, with access to university funds, scholarships, and bursaries.
Get Started with the Money Ready Course
Bursaries, Awards and specialist funding
If you are struggling with money and need extra help the University has a number of financial support schemes available to you. Check out our blog 'Four ways you can access financial support' to find the right one for you.
Find out about the extra financial support you could receive in the form of Bursaries and Awards.
Applications are now open for the Student Support Fund
The Student Support Fund is a range of different pots of money set aside to assist students who are experiencing unexpected financial difficulty. The Student Support Fund can only be used to help with living costs and are provided by the University based on an assessment of need.
When applications re-open in October, you can apply via the RISIS portal.