Money and financial advice
About Student Money and Accommodation Advice
The Student Money and Accommodation Advice team provides confidential, face-to-face drop-in sessions and appointments on a range of issues from undergraduate and postgraduate funding for Home and EU students, to accommodation in student halls and private rented accommodation in London. We can offer support with making your funding application to Student Finance England or its non-UK team, and advice and help with resolving any difficulties you might have in the process with Student Finance England. We also provide funding advice if you are considering changing, suspending, or leaving your course, and support in liaising with other University teams, for example, the Student Fees Office and the Income Section.
During the summer vacation student advisers are available for appointments at various times Monday to Friday, at Holloway Road Learning Centre and Aldgate. To book an appointment please contact your Student Hub.
Q&As in response to coronavirus
Will the Student Money and Accommodation Advice team still be available to support me while the University buildings are closed?
Yes, you will be able to book a telephone appointment with our team or contact us via email. For further details please see the section on this page entitled Opening times.
Where can I find contact details for other support teams at London Met?
You should look at our page on Student Support.
Will Student Finance England (SFE) still release my next instalment of student funding at the scheduled date?
SFE have confirmed that payments will be made as normal. Please see this government update.
I cannot make my next instalment of Tuition fees, what should I do?
The Finance team will review students cases on a case by case basis, please email email@example.com
Where can I find guidance from the Student Loan Company (SLC) regarding the coronavirus and its effect on funding?
Please keep checking these pages as they are regularly updated.
Where can I find information from the Department for Education about the effect of coronavirus on my studies?
A university students and COVID-19 FAQ page can be found on the Department for Education's media blog.
Should I still make my funding application to Student Finance England for 2020/21?
Yes, if you are a continuing student you should reapply for next year’s student finance before 19 June. If you are a new student you should submit your application before 22 May 2020. You don’t need a confirmed place on a course to apply, you can use your first choice of course and update your application later if this changes. More info.
Where can I calculate what my entitlement to means-tested benefits and Carer's Allowance might be?
There is a benefits calculator on the Turn2Us website.
I have lost my job and cannot afford to feed myself or my family. Can you help?
You may be entitled to apply to the Hardship Support Fund. If you have evidence of losing your job or a zero hours contract, please provide evidence of this. You can email SMAA@londonmet.ac.uk (please include your name and student ID number) and request a telephone appointment with one of our advisers if you have any specific questions.
Can I still make an application to the Hardship Support Fund?
Please note, the assessment process might take slightly longer during this period.
My second instalment of the Hardship Support Fund is due to be paid in mid-April, can this be paid any earlier?
As long as you are still enrolled, payments will be made during the week commencing Monday 30 March.
I have dependants and am on a zero hours contract / have lost my job / have had my income substantially reduced as a direct result of the coronavirus, is there any other support I can apply for?
You might be eligible for an award from the Emergency Coronavirus Fund.
Where can I find information on measures to support my personal loan / overdraft / credit card payments during the coronavirus?
Information about support for users of credit products is available from the Financial Conduct Authority.
I understand Islington Food Bank is now closed due to coronavirus. What alternative help is available?
- The Pilion Trust is a drop-in service based at 60 Lough Rd, N7 8FE. It is open every weekday from 10am - 5pm and you can contact them on 020 7700 2498.
- The Andover Community Centre, also known as the Finsbury Park Hub runs a drop-in service called the Surplus Food Project based at Andover Community Centre, Andover Estate, Corker Walk, N7 7RY. It is open from 1:30pm - 5pm every Friday and you can contact them on 020 7272 3493.
- The Islington branch of SVP offers a home delivery service for food parcels, picking up prescriptions and dog walking, and operates a food bank on Saturdays between 1pm and 2pm at St Joan of Arc Church, 60 Highbury Park, N5 2XH. You can contact them on 07516 690197.
I am currently living in a private student hall of residence, but wish to end my tenancy because of the coronavirus outbreak. Will I be able to be released from my contract early?
You will need to refer to your Hall's tenancy agreement and contact the Hall direct for their policy during this period. Unite Students have recently released the following update with regards to their contracts.
Where can I find guidance on the effect of the coronavirus on private renting?
I'm an international student. Where can I find coronavirus-related accommodation guidance?
You can find coronavirus-related accommodation guidance as well as guidance on other relevant issues on UKCISA.
How will my studies be affected?
All of your classes will go ahead using online tools from Monday 23 March. You will receive invitations to join a virtual learning environment, such as Collaborate, from your tutors in order to join individual sessions. Your timetable will not change. You will continue to have access to thousands of electronic journals and e-books. In addition, tutors will direct you to alternative reading where appropriate. The same level of support will be available to you but this will now be online. You will continue to have access to everyone in the University who supports your academic and pastoral development.
The Student Money and Accommodation Advice team will run appointments via Microsoft Teams while University buildings remain closed. This is a communication tool that can be used to chat using text, audio or video. You can use Microsoft Teams via a web browser (https://teams.microsoft.com/) or by downloading the app. You will need to login to Microsoft Teams using your student email address eg firstname.lastname@example.org
Click HERE to book an appointment - depending on which browser you are using you may need to type your postcode into the qudini page to generate the booking links.
Alternatively, you can email your query to the Student Money and Accommodation Advice team: SMAA@londonmet.ac.uk
- Future Finance offer private student loans of £2,000 - £40,000, and may be an option if you aren't eligible for funding from the Student Loans Company (SLC).
- Emergency Coronavirus Fund for adult workers who have dependants
- Royal Television Society bursary schemes. Deadline: 30 June 2020
- Benefits calculator
- The Albert Kennedy Trust is a charity offering crisis support, mentoring and emergency accommodation for LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness.
- Changes to the Childcare Grant in 2019/20
- Grants for Lambeth residents from low-income households
- EU students who start a course in 2020/21 will be eligible for funding for the whole of their course
- Mental health and debt booklet
- EU students - funding confirmed for EU students starting courses in 19/20 even if the UK leaves the EU without a deal
- New phishing scam claims students have won an educational grant awarded by the Department of Education - do not respond!
- Scholarships for asylum seekers
- Struggling with a Student Finance England loan/grant overpayment? Check out their advice page.
- Grants for Lambeth residents to help with course-related expenses or childcare
- Choosing a student bank account
- Tax guide for students
- Student funding and debt factsheet
- www.gov.uk/student-finance - apply for your undergraduate funding package!
Full-time undergraduate funding 20/21 updated March 2020
February start undergraduate funding 19/20
Full-time undergraduate funding 19/20
February start undergraduate funding 2018/19
Part-time undergraduate funding 19/20
Full-time undergraduate funding 18/19
Estranged Students updated June 2019
EU/EEA undergraduate funding
Students with children
BSc Social Work updated July 2019
Previous study updated July 2019
Repeating, suspending or withdrawing updated July 2019
Changing mode of study updated July 2019
Placements/Erasmus funding updated July 2019
Asylum seekers and refugees updated July 2019
Early Childhood Studies updated July 2019
Postgraduate payment options 19/20
Postgraduate funding updated July 2019
PGCE and School Direct
MSc Social Work updated July 2019
Architecture and Interior Design
Postgraduate Loan and Doctoral Loan
Student halls of residence updated July 2019
Private rented accommodation updated July 2019
Educational trusts and charities
Legal advice guide
Local information Aldgate
Local information Holloway
Planning your money when you graduate
Please take a look at our accommodation pages for information on external student halls of residence, private rented accommodation, short stay accommodation, summer accommodation, and landlord services. Alternatively, contact our advice team:
Student Hub: Aldgate +44 (0)20 7133 7002; Holloway +44 (0)20 7133 7001
Student Pad: londonmetstudentpad.co.uk/accommodation
Useful housing links
Not sure who is responsible for repairs and maintenance in your rented home? Check out the following guidance from Shelter.
Please note: Next academic year (19/20) you will be able to apply for the Childcare Grant online, and the grant will be paid direct to your childcare provider.
At London Met, we understand the extra challenges faced by student parents. We know that balancing your studies alongside the demands of running a family, organising childcare and managing finances may at times feel overwhelming. We're here to offer support and can refer you on to our network of specialist contacts, where necessary.
We can help you with the following:
Understanding the 30 hour and 15 hour childcare government requirements
Navigating child tax credits and child benefit
Applying for Student Finance England - we can provide a spot check to make sure you are receiving all the grants
Support understanding welfare benefits (Universal Credit/ Housing Benefit/ Income Support/ Jobseekers' Allowance)
Advice on grants, bursaries and hardship funds
Referral to our Counselling Team and Academic Support
We also offer quick financial spot checks to make sure you are receiving all the support available for your circumstances.
Our information sheet Students with children
gives a good overview of all the funding available but if you still have questions, you can book an appointment with one of our Student Money and Accommodation Advisers.
Named contact for Student Parents - Susie McLoughlin - SMAA@londonmet.ac.uk