Q: I want to get a part-time job, where can I find out about vacancies?
Your first port of call should be the University's Careers and Employability Centre which has information on all aspects of employment.
Please note that the University advises undergraduates not to work longer than 15 hours per week. Alternatively you can check the local papers for job vacancies.
Q: Can I get some help on how to budget my money effectively?
There's lots of money management information on the Advice and Representation Centre's section of the Students' Union website, including downloadable sample budget sheets.
There is also information about budgeting in 'Money Matters', a student finance resource guide produced jointly by the Students' Union and University. Copies can be obtained from the Advice and Representation Centre in the Students' Union building, Falmer House, and from the Student Life Centre in the Chichester 1 building.
You can also read the Student Life Centre's top 10 budgeting tips online.
Q: What funding is available on campus if I fall into financial hardship?
If you are a UK student (i.e. you fulfil the residency requirements for a maintenance loan or grant from the UK government) and you have received the first instalment of your loan you may be able to apply to the Access to Learning Fund if you are in financial difficulties. Application forms are available on the Access to Learning Fund page and payments from the Access to Learning Fund are generally non-repayable. It's worth noting, however, that first-year students without dependents are unlikely to be a priority for funding.
If the first instalment of your student loan is delayed and you do not have enough money to live on until it arrives you may be able to apply for a loan. Loans of up to £200 are available from the University for any student in financial crisis - these are called Vice Chancellor's Loans. In order to be eligible for a VC Loan you must not already be in debt to the University. To apply contact the Student Life Centre or drop in and speak to one of the advisors.
If you are an international student in extreme financial difficulties you may be able to apply for a payment from the International Students' Hardship Fund. Please be aware that the Fund is limited. To apply, contact the International and Study Abroad Office.
If you run into money problems whilst at Sussex then one of the advisers from the Student Union's Advice & Representation Centre may be able to help you. They have a great deal of experience in dealing with student money issues, including problems with student grants and loans, dealing with debt and social security benefits issues.