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How to get through uni on a budget

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Surviving your university years on a budget can be challenging, but don’t worry! This guide is here to offer practical tips and valuable resources for navigating the financial challenges of student life.

1. Affordable food solutions:

2. Maximising discounts and benefits:

  • Guild Discounts and Student ID: Activate your Guild membership and explore Curtin’s Student Guild website for over 100 businesses offering discounts to students.
  • Guild Discounts at On-Campus Cafes: Many on-campus cafes provide Guild discounts such as Concept cafe and Main cafe.
  • Travel SmartRider concessions: If you are a full-time student, you are entitled to a Tertiary SmartRider card. The card gives you concessional fares on Transperth (or TransGoldfields) buses, trains and ferries.

3. Staying active on a budget:

4. Affordable healthcare options:

5. Free contraceptives:

  • Guild Reception: Condoms are free for students at the Guild Reception, thanks to the WA AIDS Council.

6. Financial Support and Emergency Assistance

  • Emergency loans: The Guild and the University both provide emergency loans to students facing unexpected financial difficulties. Find out more here.
  • Scholarships: Curtin offers a range of scholarships, including those specifically designed to help students facing financial hardships.

By leveraging these student resources, you can make your university experience more enriching and alleviate some of the financial burdens.

For more information on financial assistance, visit the Financial Advice page on Current Students or reach out to Guild Student Assist/Social Workers.

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