Organising your finances on a limited student budget can be a challenge, particularly if you are planning to move out of home for the first time or giving up work to undertake your studies.
It's important that you have an understanding of how to manage your money and finances. Book an appointment with Student Assist for money questions about Centrelink, university fees, debts, bills, loans, budgeting, planning or any other money management issues.
Spend less time worrying about your bank balance and more time thinking about your studies.
- Do your budget. What is your income and fixed expenses (rent, utilities, phone, car payment)? Calculate how much you need each week for living expenses (fuel, food, clothes, entertainment).
- Set up as many direct debits and bill payments as you can! Automatic payments means you will never be late.
- Cash is king. The best way to stop spending is to carry your weekly living expenses in cash. It is harder to part with the cash in your wallet. As money leaves your hands you will think more about what you really need.
- We spend what is readily available to us. Setting up a second bank account that does not have a keycard attached to it is a good way to remove our money from easy reach.
Student Assist is the free support and advocacy service of the Curtin Student Guild.
Our officers are unbiased, confidential, and—most importantly— run by the Guild, therefore completely independent of Curtin University
Please include your name, student number, course of study and a description of your query.
Phone: (08) 9266 2900
Free call: 1800 063 865
Building 106F, Curtin University
Monday to Friday, 9am - 4pm
Students at the Kalgoorlie WASM campus are welcome to contact us.