Information for Prospective Students

Benefits and budgeting

Most full-time students are not allowed to claim state benefits such as Income Support or Housing Benefit, but there are important exceptions (including disabled students and lone parents). If you are in doubt about your eligibility for these or any other benefits, you should contact the Rights and Advice Centre of the UCL Union.

Tel: 020 7679 2533/2507 E-mail:

The UCL Union Rights and Advice Centre is also able to give general financial advice to students.

Advice concerning benefits for students in higher education can also be found via the Direct Gov website. 

Please note that it is an offence for anyone to obtain benefits which they are not entitled to, and UCL may take disciplinary action against such individuals, including referral of the matter to the appropriate authorities.

Other external websites, such as Money Saving Expert, could also assist you with budgeting and online discounts.

Other money matters

You must ensure that you have sufficient funds to cover all your expenses whilst you are studying at UCL. In addition to your tuition fees, you will also need to cover the basic costs such as accommodation, food and personal expenses. The Money Advice Service website gives helpful tips on how to manage your money, including a useful budget planner tool.

Surviving in London on a limited budget is easier than you might think, and there are student reductions for local travel and many social, cultural and leisure events - don't be afraid to ask. 

The key to success is to learn how to budget! You may like to use a budget calculator to help you to plan your finances.

Full-time students are eligible for the Transport for London travel discount scheme - please UCL's Travel Information page for more details.

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