Practical problems

Fed up of trying to tackle practical problems on your own? Struggling with financial or housing problems? You are in the right place; here are some useful resources to help you.

If you would like to talk to someone, all University of Plymouth students can access UPSU Advice, the Students' Union advice centre; their advisors are experts at supporting students experiencing many different issues such as student funding, academic, housing, welfare benefits, legal and debt.

If you're experiencing financial difficulties there are a variety of bursaries and funds available to you, either directly through University of Plymouth or if you are a partnership student the organisation you study in.

Money: top apps

  • Wally lets you take control of your money. Balance your income and expenses. Understand where your money goes. Set and achieve your financial goals. 
  • Acasa: An app to help you take care of every aspect of your household bills and finances, at every stage of your property journey.
  • Spendometer makes day-to-day money management simple and practical. It enables you to set yourself a budget, log your spending and view your spending reports 
  • mySupermarket - compare baskets across 11 different supermarkets. Scan items and find the cheapest deals.
  • Plum: Free of charge - your personal financial guardian helping you build and invest your savings and avoid rip-off bills.

SU Advice Centre

Offers free, independent, confidential, impartial advice.

The service can be described as the ‘Citizens Advice Bureau for students’ with advice on student funding, academic, housing, benefits, legal and debt.

Visit UPSU Advice

Connect: debt

  • National Debtline is a free, independent and confidential debt advice service run by the charity Money Advice Trust
  • StepChange is UK's leading debt charity 
  • UPSU Advice - available to students regarding any aspect of their life including debt.

Connect: housing

  • UPSU Advice supports all University of Plymouth students
  • Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness
  • Citizens Advice provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. 

Anytime Advice and Mental Health Helpline

  • Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
  • In-the-moment emotional and counselling support
  • Accessible by phone, email and via LiveCONNECTSM instant messaging
  • Information and advice on a range of studying, work, family and personal issues
  • Confidential
  • Completely independent from the university.
Freephone: 0800 042 0134
iConnectYou App (from iTunes or Google Play. Passcode 34800).

Professional support 

If something is causing you concern, is upsetting or distressing you, then it may help to talk about it in a safe environment.   

If you are a partnership student please find out what support your institution offers.

For students studying on the Plymouth and Truro campus, you can seek support and professional advice from: