Practical problems

Fed up of trying to tackle practical problems on your own? Struggling with financial or housing problems? You are in the right place; here are some useful resources to help you.

If you would like to talk to someone, all University of Plymouth students can access UPSU Advice, the Students' Union advice centre; their advisors are experts at supporting students experiencing many different issues such as student funding, academic, housing, welfare benefits, legal and debt.

If you're experiencing financial difficulties there are a variety of bursaries and funds available to you, either directly through University of Plymouth or if you are a partnership student the organisation you study in.

Money: top apps

  • Wally lets you take control of your money. Balance your income and expenses. Understand where your money goes. Set and achieve your financial goals. 
  • Acasa: An app to help you take care of every aspect of your household bills and finances, at every stage of your property journey.
  • Spendometer makes day-to-day money management simple and practical. It enables you to set yourself a budget, log your spending and view your spending reports 
  • Plum: Free of charge - your personal financial guardian helping you build and invest your savings and avoid rip-off bills.

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SU Advice Centre

Offers free, independent, confidential, impartial advice.

The service can be described as the ‘Citizens Advice Bureau for students’ with advice on student funding, academic, housing, benefits, legal and debt.

Visit UPSU Advice
Jo Rowland, dyslexia and learning support advisor

What are Disabled Students' Allowances?

Find out the extra help available to help students who have a disability, including a mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.

Visit the university's funding pages to find out more
Income and expenditure

Connect: debt

  • National Debtline is a free, independent and confidential debt advice service run by the charity Money Advice Trust
  • StepChange is UK's leading debt charity 
  • UPSU Advice - available to students regarding any aspect of their life including debt.

Discovery Heights shared kitchen

Connect: housing

  • UPSU Advice supports all University of Plymouth students
  • Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness
  • Citizens Advice provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. 

Student accommodation
Drop-in sessions and support
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