download (1)Brunel University provides student hardship funds for those students who find it difficult to meet their living costs before living fees are due. It is available for those students who fall under pressure to pay their accommodation fees on time and a temporary loan is given to them. Students are advised not to use this as their permanent source of income and Joanna Smith for the Advice and Representation Centre (ARC) said: “At this time of year we experience increase in applications- the 1st instalment of student loan is long gone, Christmas is looming, January instalment is still far far away and life is expensive. We know it and we understand it but because there is not much money to go around, we have to look at applications very carefully- under the magnifying glass! Staff members, both at the University and Student Union, who process hardship applications, have big hearts and do not judge- we do want to help students. Students who suffer from acute financial hardship should talk to Money Doctors . It is so important to act without delay when you are in crisis- the later you leave it, the worse the impact on your academic progress and your mental wellbeing. So seek help as soon as you are finding it hard to manage- we are here to help you with it.”



            The Grand Central train booking company recently hosted a student artist competition to celebrate its student discount offer. Students were asked to design a logo using the theme ‘Direct to London’. The winner is yet to be announced but first prize will receive a year of free standard train travel on Grand Central services. The winning design will also be featured on various Grand Central promotional materials. Students who book in advance with the Grand Central train company can enjoy a further 10% off when they make a booking using their NUS card and is exclusive to Grand Central and sister company CrossCountry. This being an added bonus to the 16-25 Railcard saving so students can save even more money on Grand Central’s North East or West Riding routes. For more information visit their website: