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BCU Boost is a unique financial support package designed to simplify your student life at BCU, from the moment you apply, through to graduation day. It includes travel incentives, helpful tips for managing your finances, access to professional financial support, and discounts on food and drink across our campuses.

BCU Boost gives you peace of mind during your time at BCU, so you can spend less time worrying about money, and more time focusing on your studies.

What's included?

  • If you attend one of our 2024 Accelerate Days or Clearing Open Days, you can claim free bus travel in the West Midlands, free national coach travel or free parking at our campuses. This means you can see what it's really like to study at BCU without worrying about the cost of getting there.

  • We have a wide range of food and drink on campus, from coffee to get you through study sessions to filling lunches to refuel between lectures. You can get free soup and fruit, 25% off hot drinks and 40% off food! Food discounts will also be available at our Open Days and Applicant Taster Days.

  • We have tonnes of advice from finance experts as well as tips and tricks on budgeting and money management. We'll also guide you through the student finance process and what financial support will be available to you at university.

STUDENT FINANCE EXPLAINED

As an undergraduate student, you may be eligible for government-backed loans to cover your course costs and living fees. Find out how to apply and how much you could receive.

More on student finance

FINANCIAL SUPPORT AT BCU

Whether you’re a commuter student, have childcare responsibilities or are just concerned about making ends meet, we're here to support you with your finances.

What support is available?

PRACTICAL RESOURCES

Sharpen your saving skills with our budgeting calculator and learn how student finance repayments work with our interactive payslip. Both resources are free and available to download now!

Downloadable resources

How to BECOME A BUDGETING EXPERT

Student Olivia tells you everything you need to know about student finance and budgeting. Get a head start with the hacks that she's used during her time at university.

Student's guide to budgeting

How to find a student job

Having a part-time job during your studies is the perfect way to earn some extra pocket money and build new skills. We've put together a list of places on and off-campus to find a job.

Guide to student jobs

POKU BANKS' TOP TEN TIPS FOR BEING FINANCE SAVVY AT UNIVERSITY

We asked top finance influencer Poku Banks to share his advice on how to manage your finances when you arrive at university.

Poku's top tips

Sign up for more budgeting advice and tools

Sign up for our Get Ready for Uni Hub to get exclusive access to our student meal planner, information on student discounts and more useful budgeting tips.

Scholarships

We want all our students to achieve their full potential. With our High Achiever and Accelerate Scholarships, you could receive extra funding and support to kick start your BCU journey.

HOW MUCH DOES IT REALLY COST TO BE A STUDENT?

SPENDING IN HALLS

Emily lived in student accommodation during her first year and has learnt how to spend wisely on a student budget. Find out how much she spends and her top tips.

Emily's budgeting advice

PERKS OF BEING A STUDENT

You may be put off by terms like ‘loan’ when researching student finance. However, it isn’t all bad. Here are some of the financial benefits and perks of being a uni student.

Student financial benefits

SPENDING AS A COMMUTER STUDENT

Mollie lives at home and commutes to our City South Campus, see how much she spends and what tips she has to share.

Mollie's budgeting tips

Free things to do in Birmingham

Having fun in Brum doesn't have to mean breaking the bank. These days out and activities are ideal for weekend inspo that's easy on your wallet!

Free fun in Brum

How to talk to your parents about Student Finance

Your parents or carers might be concerned about the costs of university and student life. We’ve got some conversation starters and actions you can take to let them how student finance works and to show them you’re responsible enough to budget your money.