Your spending patterns as a student may differ from what they've been up to now, particularly if you're living away from home. If you plan ahead and are realistic about your budget, you shouldn’t have any problems striking a balance between work and play.
Our guide to living costs should give you an idea of some of the costs you can expect to encounter at university. You will need to look at your own personal spending style in order to make more accurate budget estimates.
Check out our budget tips to help you make the most of what you have. Remember, you need to make your money last a whole term.
Student finance changed significantly in 2012, see our pick of the best finance resources to help you understand the new system.
You can get impartial, confidential and free advice about a wide range of financial issues from Student Services and the Student Advice Centre.