Student life without breaking the piggy bank!

As part of National Student Money Week University Centre Peterborough encouraged students to be more financially aware by holding a variety of events last week.

Financial difficulties are one of the main contributors to student withdrawals within their time at University. With food shopping, social events and bills to pay, many students are hit by the hard reality and responsibility of living away from home and the concept of budgeting is one of the most difficult things to grasp.

UCP gave the students the opportunity to take part in events to compare the difference in taste and price between branded and unbranded foods and even the chance to win a week’s worth of food shopping and £50 of Love 2 Shop vouchers.

Trisha Poulter, studying BSc (Hons) Computing & Info Systems said “I’m so surprised, I actually enjoyed the lesser known brand items to the brand name items, some of them even tasted better! I will definitely be buying the unbranded items in the future.”

Items flew off the shelf at the Swap Shop which provided the opportunity for students to pick up a bargain with the support of the staff from the Sue Ryder Vintage and Retro shop based in City Centre & the Sue Ryder Hospice shop.

Katherine Daimond, Regional Fund Raiser at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall, stated “We are really grateful that UCP have enabled us to come here and it has given us an opportunity to promote our current campaigns and projects, running and challenge events, volunteering opportunities and our six million pound capital appeal to a younger audience”.

In addition to this, University Centre Peterborough will be holding a Student Masterchef event on Thursday 21st February where students will be shown and can have a go at how to cook cheap, quick and healthy meals.

UCP will be holding their next Open Day on 11th March from 6pm – 8pm. For more information about the courses UCP offer visit their website or contact them on 0845 196 5750.