Finance, budgeting and funding

Money is always going to be of concern for any student.  As a mature student, however, you may have extra pressure and there are a variety of places to get support with finance, budgeting and funding.

The University has a Student Funding unit within Student Services.

They can assist with a variety of money related issues and also deal with applications for the University’s discretional (hardship) fund. They can also give advice in relation to child tax credits, council tax and money management.

There are also some useful guides available here:

University Jobshop

For some mature students it may be especially important that you find some compatible employment to help things along financially while you are studying or in vacation times – particularly if the household budget is feeling the financial squeeze. The University’s Careers Service provides a Jobshop where employers can advertise jobs suitable for current students and graduates.

Adjusting to university life

Welcome /Freshers Week is a great opportunity for you to get involved in a variety of activities and events. It is also another good chance to meet other new mature students and familiarise yourself with the campus facilities and buildings.

Look out for events which aim to bring students together in the Welcome Events programme, some of which are specifically aimed at mature students.

These include:

  • Local Students Welcome Event for those living in Dundee, Fife, Angus or Perthshire
  • Part Time MA Student Welcome Event
  • Associate and Co-Curricular Welcome Event
  • Direct Entry, 3yr Degree, Global Programmes and Erasmus Exchange Students Welcome Event
  • Meet, Mix and Socialise Events – including one for mature and postgraduate Students
  • Campus Tours
  • Tours to local locations – McManus Galleries or Broughty Ferry Castle and Beach
  • Information about all events running is available on the Welcome Week website

Support

Useful sources of support include:

Coping with stress and self-help

Managing your stress as a mature student can seem tricky – with lots of competing demands on your time and possibly changes to family life, income and roles. You can get some helpful ideas, information about workshops and stress management coaching  and also self-help for a variety of different issues.

Useful tips

  • Studying at university is likely to give you a big confidence boost but it also involves challenges and change for everyone involved. To avoid making those closest to you feel excluded, try to involve your family and friends in what you’re doing.
  • If walking into a busy lecture theatre and worrying about being the oldest person there seems like a scary idea – this is understandable. Try not to allow it to ruin your experience. Remember that everyone else will be new as well and probably as anxious as you though for different reasons.
  • Be kind to yourself, remember that any life change can take some time to settle down.
  • Take advantage of the support systems on offer if you need to; your university wants you to succeed. Don’t suffer in silence. Seek assistance rather than facing challenges alone.
  • Don’t assume the other students won’t want to get to know you because you are a mature student or that you won’t have anything in common. All students bring a range of experiences and interests to university regardless of their age or background. Take the opportunity to build your network.
  • Try to get to know as many people as possible on campus. This will enable you to feel more connected and give you people to discuss assignments with.
  • Don’t miss out on taking advantage of everything the University can offer and join one (or more) of the many societies or activities on offer.
  • Don’t forget about your social network outside of the University – you’ll find that being able to “step out” from your university life also helps you to keep the balance.

Accommodation

The University offers accommodation for all new undergraduate students providing you apply before the cut off dates.  We do not offer accommodation for students with a partner and/or children.

Moving to Dundee with family

Dundee has a variety of private sector accommodation. Families living in private sector housing need to make their own arrangements, although this is far easier when you are actually is in Dundee. Therefore, it is recommended that a student with family arrive in Dundee alone and send for their family only when they have found suitable accommodation. Alternatively, a student with family may require hotel/B&B accommodation initially to provide the opportunity to secure suitable housing for their family.

If it is of assistance, the University would normally be able to offer temporary (minimum charge of one week) SINGLE accommodation during the academic summer vacation (early June to late August) to allow students the opportunity to arrange suitable family accommodation.