Financial Troubles Over Christmas

If you’re dreading Christmas, not because of tier restrictions, but because you're slightly concerned about your finances, then we understand how complicated this can be, but we're here to help you.

If you’re dreading Christmas, not because of tier restrictions, but because you're slightly concerned about your finances, then we understand how complicated this can be, but we're here to help you. 

While everyone is trying to decide how big their Christmas will be, it can feel lonely thinking that your main concern will be having enough money to keep you going until January. You’re definitely not alone, as money is a common stressor to most of us, and it’s time to challenge the taboo of speaking about money troubles.

When you speak to a professional, your money troubles cease being this secret worry you’re hiding from. Even if there’s no quick fix, letting other people know that you’re dealing with money problems is uplifting and can help you see light at the end of the tunnel, so we strongly recommend it. 

The University’s Financial Wellbeing team is here for you as a friendly, confidential service. They can:

  • Help you with budgeting and planning going forward
  • Give you debt management advice
  • Let you know if you’re eligible for any additional funding

Feel free to contact the team to discuss your financial situation.

Money doesn’t buy happiness, but let's be honest, not having enough cash during Christmas can bring a lot of people down, as we know the importance of connecting with people and having fun in the holidays to help refuel you for Term Two. So, if you’re struggling to ask for help, then remind yourself that your studies depend on this too. Your wellbeing is the main driver of your motivation and achievements, and so you must look after yourself.

We hope that if you are worried about money, that you will reach out for some help. This way, you can free up headspace for the things that can really bring you happiness.

Further support

We appreciate the volume of information being sent your way could be quite overwhelming, so we've created a Coronavirus Hub to give you quick links to key advice, guidance, and our latest news updates. With dedicated pages for housingacademic, and welfare advice, as well as links to government advice and College FAQs, it's your one-stop shop for all the vital information during this time.

The Advice Centre is a free, independent and confidential service for all students here at Royal Holloway. Our friendly, experienced and professional staff will provide a listening ear and offer general and specialist advice. We’re here to support you with a whole range of issues, big and small, and if we’re not the best people to help you with a particular issue, we’ll point you in the right direction.

Email us at advice@su.rhul.ac.uk with any questions or to ask for a phone appointment.