Student Advice and Support

The Student Advice and Support Service (SASS) offers a free professional advice service for all current and prospective students. Recently graduated students can also be helped if their query relates to their time at university.

SASS assists with a range of areas including student finance, money matters, course issues, housing (including contract checks prior to signing) and consumer issues. The service also provides tailored immigration support for international students, including advice on visa applications, guidance on the impact any changes to their study or circumstances may have on their visa, working in the UK during and after study and police registration.

Finance

We know that sometimes unexpected events can happen which have a negative effect on your finances. If you find yourself in financial difficulty, come and talk to a member of our Student Advice team who will be able to discuss your options with you and offer support and guidance.

Visit our website for more details of what our team can advise you on, it includes:

  • Funding for undergraduate placements and study abroad
  • The implications of changes to your studies e.g. leave of absence, repeat study, withdrawal, changing course 
  • Postgraduate taught and research student finance
  • Money and leaving the University
  • Managing your money - for advice on how to make a budget, money saving tips, debt and information about various different types of bank accounts. Plus you can listen to our podcast which looks at how to manage your money to make your student loan go as far as it can
  • Advice and support with a Hardship Fund application or an Emergency Hardship Loan

If you need a letter proving you are a student to open a bank account you can download one from the Student Self-Service

Housing

Most of our students choose to live on campus during their first year at Loughborough, however after your first year you can choose to either stay in halls or move off campus and rent privately.

For advice about housing and living off campus, take a look at our website and our guide to living off-campus.

Our team can advise you on:

  • Your contract to rent off campus so you understand your rights and responsibilities and ensure if it is suitable. Contact us for a contract checking appointment before signing or paying any money. 
  • Deposits (checking it is protected and getting your deposit back when you move out)
  • Problems during the tenancy (e.g. disrepair, problems with agents/landlords, harassment etc)
  • Council tax problems
  • Ending your tenancy
  • Moving out
  • If you need a letter proving you are a student for council tax you can download one from the Student Self-Service

Immigration and Visa Support

If you are an international student our Student Advice team can support you with:

  • Applying for a Student Visa from outside the UK 
  • Applying for a Student Visa extension within the UK 
  • Guidance on the impact any changes to your studies or circumstances may have on your visa
  • Lost BRPs
  • How to register with the Police
  • How to bring your family to join you
  • Visas for travelling abroad
  • Working during studies
  • Graduate Route

Our advice is free, impartial and confidential (unless the matter is related to your visa and then we may share information with Academic Registry).

Visit our website for more information about the services we provide.

Request an appointment with an adviser online or by phoning +44 (0) 1509 222765. We also offer email advice on advice@lboro.ac.uk