The University and John Smith's have set up a joint scheme to help you make the very best of your time at the University by improving access to the learning tools you need to support your studies.

You can use your My Beds Money funds in the bookshop or online to help with the purchase of your required textbooks and learning materials, in the Students Union to purchase memberships for clubs and societies, in the Campus Gyms in Luton and Bedford and for deposits towards Go Global Trips.


Q. Who is eligible for My Beds Money award?

All first year, full time, home students paying full fees are eligible for the £300 bursary My Beds Money Welcome Package.

Nursing & Midwifery students are eligible for 17/18.

Q. What is it worth?

The Welcome My Beds Money Package is worth £300.

Q. How do I register for it?

As soon as you have got your University of Bedfordshire student ID card, visit us at registration on the Luton or Bedford campuses or visit us at the John Smith's student store in the Mall in Luton to collect your My Beds Money Card.

Q. When can I access My Beds Money?

As soon as you register with us and the University have confirmed your enrolment process has been completed including student loans confirmed, your funds will be available.

Q. What can I spend My Beds Money on?

You can spend your bursary funds on books, stationery, art supplies, digital products and other learning materials.  Memberships for Clubs and Societies in the SU, Gym membership in the campus gyms and paying deposits towards Go Global Trips.

Q. Where can I spend My Beds Money funds?

You can spend your award online here anytime or in the John Smith's book shop in the Mall  - please see below for opening hours.

You can also use your My Beds Money funds in the Students Union to purchase memberships for clubs and societies, in the Campus Gyms in Luton and Bedford and for deposits towards Go Global Trips.

Q. Is this a loan? Do I have to pay it back?

Your My Beds Money bursary is not a loan and you do not have to pay it back. The funds are provided for you by the university to help with the extra costs associated with studying. It does not add to your student debt.

Q. What happens if I don't spend My Beds Money by the end of the academic year?

Your My Beds Money will be available to you throughout your studies but you must spend all of your funds by the end of your final year as they will not be available to you after graduation.

Q. How secure are my,  My Beds Money funds?

John Smith's has put in place a number of measures to ensure that each student's Aspire funds are securely protected, so please also note that:

  • No actual funds are held on the card so the loss/theft of a card does not mean that funds are accessible to a 3rd party without the account access protection codes
  • Any physical usage of the account instore requires the use of an access authentication - i e. PIN number - plus identification by means of the student ID card
  • For online transactions (if required), a password is created by the student and access to the funds is not possible without this password
  • Additionally, the John Smith's systems have the ability to put an immediate stop on an account as soon as we are notified that there is any suspicion of loss/theft/fraud
  • If a card is lost or stolen, then accounts can be frozen until such time as the student attends the bookshop and collects a replacement card, thus preventing any further activity, either in person or online, on the account until the issue is resolved
  • John Smith's will charge a nominal fee of £5 for any replacement card

Q. Who are John Smith's?

John Smith's is the UK's leading specialist academic bookseller, with extensive and unrivalled experience in campus bookselling. This year we were again awarded the title 'Academic and Professional Chain Bookseller of the Year'.

John Smith's has opened a student store, in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire, in the Luton Mall shopping centre.

Q. Where are we?

John Smith's Bookshop
Unit 7/9, The Mall
Telephone: 01582 457174
Email us

Q. When are we open?

Open 6 days a week:
Mon 9.00am - 5.30pm
Tues 9.00am - 5.30pm
Wed 9.00am - 5.30pm
Thurs 9.00am - 5.30pm
Fri 9.00am - 5.30pm
Sat 9.00am - 5.30pm

Q. Where should I go if I have more questions?

For all queries about your My Beds Money account or specific products please email us

For queries about eligibility, please contact the University of Bedfordshire student finance office.

Shop telephone: 01582 457174