Short-term loans

Students in financial difficulties may apply for a short-term loan of up to £350 from the University.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you are experiencing financial difficulty as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic, please email the Student Funding Office with a brief summary of your circumstances:

The short-term loan is available to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. You will receive the money as soon as possible after applying and agree a date for repayment, normally around the time your next student loan or bursary instalment is paid. 


To be eligible for a short-term loan you must:

  • be a current registered student at the University of Bristol;
  • provide evidence that you will be able to repay the loan at a future date from a guaranteed source of income, such as your maintenance loan, bursary, part-time earnings, postgraduate scholarship or maintenance stipend;
  • (undergraduate students only) have applied for full maintenance support (means-tested loan) from Student Finance.

How to apply

If you find yourself in financial difficulty, please email and talk to one of the student funding advisers. They will explain how to fill out an application and advise whether it would be appropriate for you to apply to the Financial Assistance Fund.

Repaying your loan

A repayment date must be agreed with the Student Funding Office. By default, the repayment date will be 30 days after your loan is taken out. Longer repayment periods can be agreed at the discretion of the Student Funding Office.

An invoice will be created to arrange repayment of the loan via MyBristol portal.

If difficulties arise in repaying by the agreed date, you should contact the Student Funding Office to change the repayment date.

Any changes to the repayment date should be made at least three working days before the original date for repayment. Failure to repay your loan by the deadline will prevent you from borrowing from the Student Funding Office in the future.

Terms and conditions

Download a copy of the full terms and conditions (PDF, 62kB)‌ for short-term loans.

Funding enquiries or money worries

Undergraduate and general funding queries:

Postgraduate funding queries:

Call our Information Point:
+44 (0)117 428 3000

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