Please note: This content was written with undergraduate home students in mind. If you are an International student please contact Student Finance and Welfare or International Student Support directly for further advice and guidance.
See what DMU offers
When attending Open Days make sure to ask about the types of loans, bursaries and scholarships you might be able to get. De Montfort University's funding webpages are a good source of information too.
Start saving for when you start at DMU
Now is a good time to start saving for when you start university. Usually, you’ll need to pay your accommodation deposit before you receive your student funding. If you have some savings, that will really help.
Register with your funding provider
If you register with your funding provider, they’ll send you updates to let you know when you can make your funding application. TIP: It’s always best to apply early.
Work out how much student loan you might get
Student Finance England’s Finance Calculator will help you work out how much money you could have to live on when you start your course. You can also save your calculation to make your application for funding easier in a few months’ time. Student Information Scotland also has a useful calculator. Student Finance Wales and Student Finance Northern Ireland have lots of useful information on what’s available to students.
If you’re studying an NHS course you can apply to the NHS Learning Support Fund to supplement your student funding.
Start thinking about your budget
Now might be a good time to start thinking about your budget at university. The Which? Student Budget Calculator is a great tool to start your budgeting journey, it even pre-populates some of the figures based on how you answer questions and where you’ll be studying.
Article 26 Scholarship
Application cycle normally opens for Article 26 Scholarships for the following academic year. The Article 26 Scholarships are for students who are seeking asylum in the UK and therefore ineligible for student funding due to Home Office restrictions. Visit the website for more information, eligibility criteria and how to apply.
Apply for student funding
Applications for undergraduate student funding normally opens in February. Check the following websites for more information.
TIP: When applying, give consent for your funding provider to share your information with us so we can award you any DMU Scholarships and Bursaries that you might be eligible for. You might also need to apply separately for some of these funds.
If you have a disability/ learning difference, now is the time to be contacting our Disability Team to find out what support you may be able to access. You may also be able to access financial support from the DMU Support Fund to help with your disability/ medical condition. You can’t apply to the Fund until you’re registered as a student, but you can take a look at the financial support that’s on offer and check eligibility criteria.
Apply for accommodation
This is normally the time when DMU Accommodation bookings open for applicants holding firm offers. Find out more about accommodation options at DMU. Make sure you know what you can afford by researching student funding information and using the student finance calculators to help think about your budget
Save for the start of Uni
Now would be a great time to apply for a summer job to save some money for the start of term. Register with recruitment agencies in your area.
Deadline to apply for student funding
You'll need to apply for your student funding by the end of May to guarantee all of your funding is in place for the start of term. If you don't get your application submitted by the deadline, you'll still be assessed for your funding but it may be slightly delayed. If you’re worried, contact us via email.
Create a budget
Now would be a great time to start putting your student budget together. The Which? Student Budget Calculator is a great tool to start your budgeting journey, it even pre-populates some of the figures based on how you answer questions and where you’ll be studying.
Time to look for a student bank account
Now is a good time to look for a student bank account for the start of term. There are lots of accounts on offer, so make sure to do some research and choose the best account for you. Money Saving Expert produces an annual guide comparing what's available. If you have applied through UCAS, you may need your UCAS status code to open a student bank account. Once your new account is open remember to update your student funding details to make sure you receive you loan on time.
Arrange an interest-free overdraft
Once you’ve opened your student bank account, arrange an interest-free overdraft. This may be a useful buffer while you settle in to university life.
Make sure to update your details with your student funding provider if you change your course or university through Adjustment or Clearing. For those applying for funding from Student Finance England, please see their guidance for students going through Clearing.
Before moving in to your accommodation, it’s a good idea to get contents insurance to protect your personal possessions. Always make sure to do some research to compare the best deals.
Final check of your student funding application
Take a final check of your student funding application to make sure everything is up-to-date. Key things to check are your contact information, the course you're studying and your bank account details.