Social security benefits for students in the UK explained

If you’re a student in the UK you might be surprised to read that you could be eligible for social security benefits. This would work in addition to any student grants you may already qualify for. Whether you’re studying full-time or part-time, you might be able to afford a few more rowdy nights out if you’re willing to spend a little time looking into benefits for students in the UK.

Social security benefits

You can’t get something for nothing and that’s especially true of the benefits system. It’s extremely complicated so you have to put a lot of effort in if you would like to find out whether you qualify.

Housing Benefit

You might be able to claim Housing Benefit from the government which would go a long way to covering the cost of accommodation. If you live in a share house as most students do, you’ll only be able to apply for benefits that cover your portion of the rent. Your student funding in the form of loans and grants will be taken into consideration as will any savings you have accumulated.

Income Support

You may also be able to apply for Income Support. If your income is low and you’re working less than 16 hours a week, you could be eligible. Again, your student grant, your student loan and any savings are taken into consideration when you apply for income support.

Job Seekers Allowance

You might be eligible for job seekers allowance if you’re a student in the UK. There will be a whole raft of restrictions attached to this allowance and you’ll need to be actively looking for work. You should visit your local JobCentre Plus or visit gov.uk if you’d rather stay online and find out more about the sorts of benefits available for students in the UK.

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