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Owen Burek

Editor-in-chief at Save the Student, educating students about money

I'm a self-professed tight arse and, having been through the financial challenges of going to university, I have developed a passion for educating young people about money. I see the same financial confusion and mistakes that I made as a student being replicated every year. The way I help is through Save the Student.

In direct response to the increase in tuition fees kicking in, I released my first book "The Essential Student Guide to Finance" in 2012. This is an annually updated 80-page guide available free for students (and anyone else really).

Since then I have appeared on BBC News, written for national newspapers including The Independent and The Guardian and worked with a variety of public body organisations who share the goals of Save the Student. Oh, and I now blog for the Huffington Post.

How To Afford Going To University

TLDR; Don't let money worries put you off (or pull you out of) a degree. While you're right to be cautious about costs, opening your eyes to the support and strategies on offer will get you further than panic.
04/10/2017 12:24 BST

Ten Freshers Fails To Avoid In Your First Year At Uni

Starting university this year? Take a tip from students who've been there, done that and sold the t-shirt for extra cash: here are the most common mistakes Save the Student hears every year - and how to give them a miss!
24/07/2017 12:39 BST

Meanwhile 7 in 10 Students Want to STAY in the EU

It's important for everyone (not just students) to cut through the noise and understand the facts before deciding whether to vote leave or remain. But whatever you do, make sure your voice gets heard - vote on June 23rd.
23/06/2016 10:37 BST

Grants Raid Puts Money Where It's Needed - In Students' Pockets

The current set-up goes easiest on those at the extremes - those from the lowest or highest income backgrounds while, across the board, there's increasingly disparity. Removing Grants raises as many questions as it answers, but is more in tune with daily student hardship than anything else on offer.
31/07/2015 10:43 BST

Students Spend £170 on Christmas

77% of students admitted that they will struggle financially this Christmas, with many spending beyond their means. Despite this, only 57% have saved any money to tide them through this money-tight period.
22/12/2014 13:09 GMT

So When Will the Economy Recover? Probably Never

Forget the headlines, our economy is on the high road to ruin. Its apparent recovery is artificial and the reality is that our government is set to bankrupt our country. Don't believe me?
14/08/2013 17:47 BST

Is Matched Betting the Answer to Student Prayers?

If you put some time aside to really understand matched betting, and get it right, there are a good number of people out there in these forums proving that they have been making the equivalent of £30 an hour, tax free. And apparently they haven't been arrested, so I thought I'd give it a go for myself (with a healthy dose of scepticism).
21/05/2013 12:47 BST

10 Tips for Moving Out of Your House

It's exam season, so I'll forgive you for not wanting to think too much about the stresses of moving out right now. The start of a great summer might feel like a lifetime away, but really it's not too far on the horizon, and there's a lot you need to think about and prepare for.
13/05/2013 15:18 BST