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Personal Finances
22nd September 2014

Prudent Students – Make your money go further!

As students start university or return for the new academic year, the Consumer Council has launched a new, handy online Student Money Survival Guide to make sure their cash stretches to the end of term.

The guide covers everything from opening a bank account, saving on shopping and living on a budget, to driving down the cost of travel and energy bills. It includes links to our guides on consumer rights, as well as key contacts, which will be useful to have at hand throughout the year.

Holly MacLennan, Senior Policy Officer Money Affairs at the Consumer Council explains “Starting University can be a daunting time for anyone, particularly for those students who will be living away from home for the first time. On top of managing their own personal finances and being responsible for paying bills, students also have to think about doing their own shopping and cooking, and taking out insurance to protect their goods.”

“Living on a student budget can be hard, but there’s no need to spend the next 3 or 4 years living on cold baked beans. Making money last until the end of term takes planning so we hope our guide can help students budget and think of ways to save money, as well as knowing their rights if things go wrong.”

The Consumer Council’s Student Money Survival Guide can be accessed online ( or receive a printed copy by contacting the Consumer Council on 0800 121 6022, Twitter (@ConsumerCouncil) or Facebook (Consumer Council Northern Ireland).