New starters guide

Starting university is an exciting time, but can bring some challenges too, such as settling in, leaving home, and managing your money.

DMU have partnered with Blackbullion the online financial capability platform. Blackbullion provide digital financial education that will develop your financial confidence, knowledge and skills. Prepare for university with information on clearing, funding, opening a student bank account and getting your finances in shape before you arrive. Sign up here: Blackbullion.

If you’re unsure about anything, we’re here to help. Check out our Financial TimelineFAQs or book a Quick Query appointment with DMU Money Advice.


Funding your studies

Student Finance England: most students are funded by Student Finance England (SFE). It’s important to ensure that you receive your maximum funding entitlement. The following video explains how and when your finance is paid.



NHS funding: if you are a studying a healthcare course, you might be able to apply for the NHS Training Grant to supplement your SFE funding package. There is also the NHS Learning Support Fund for help with Travel and Dual Accommodation to claim back expenses for Placements; Parental Support (formerly known as Child Dependants Allowance); and the NHS's own hardship fund called the Exceptional Support Fund.

If you have any concerns about your student funding, please book a Quick Query appointment with DMU Money Advice. You can get more information on student funding, as well as the benefits some students can apply for, on the Money Helper website.

Working part-time: a number of our students work part-time to supplement their income. Register with our recruitment agency, Unitemps, for jobs on and around campus. The DMU Careers Team have lots of useful information on searching for a job.


Managing your money

Being able to manage your money effectively will help you to make the most of your studies without having to worry about money matters. Students have lots of different views about money and how to manage it. To get an insight into how you feel about money, take part in this short fun quiz.

If you’d like to develop your financial confidence and knowledge, Blackbullion have an excellent toolkit to help you develop in these areas.

Watch our handy video below for general top tips on how to increase your income and reduce your expenditure while studying.

If you are managing on a limited budget, watch the video below to see if you qualify for the DMU Support Fund.


Safety in Leicester and on campus

Following some simple advice and taking a few basic precautions can make a real difference in keeping you, your accommodation and your belongings safe and secure. Our guide on coming to Leicester and being on campus provides lots of helpful tips.


If you have any questions, please contact us. Telephone: 0116 257 7595, select option 3, then option 3 again, or email:, or book a Quick Query appointment.

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