Our Specialist Money Advisors are trained and experienced in offering free, confidential, independent advice
and information on all money related matters including:
Whether you are a continuing student or about to start your time at university complete our easy to
answer survey to find out possible funding sources are available to you.
This factsheet will give guidance to students who are living on a budget.
National Insurance is a system where all employers and workers pay towards specific state benefits. It
pays for the NHS, unemployment benefit, sickness and disability allowances and the state pension.
Income tax is exactly what it says on the tin; tax on your income. It is calculated based on the amount
of income you have earned.
Council Tax is a local tax on a residential property based on the property's value. The money goes
towards local community services such as, Police and Fire Authorities, waste collection, parks and
This information leaflet outlines some of the financial implications if you withdraw or suspend from the
University of Reading.
The University’s Student Financial Support Team has produced a series of leaflets with useful information for students, which can be found below.
Whether you are feeling worried about if you have enough money to meet your basic needs, struggling to manage your student loan or have found yourself in debt, it is important to speak to someone.
Dealing with money problems can be worrying and stressful. If you are worried about getting into debt or have outstanding debt, it is important not to ignore it.
Services which operate within the Advice Service have separate sessions:
see their individual pages for further info on how and when to access
Following the current situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19), RUSU
staff have been asked to work for remotely for the foreseeable future.
This includes the staff within the Advice Service.
As a result, the Advice Service is unable to offer face-to-face
appointment or a drop-in service at the current time, but we are still
able to offer advice to students.
If you would like some support from the Advice Service then please
complete our Talk to us form. Alternatively, you can email the service on
Please be assured that an Adviser will get in touch with you as soon as
possible, and that we can still offer appointments via other methods (for
example, via telephone, Skype or Microsoft Teams).