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    My first choice accommodation, and the most expensive choice i have put down, is £128 a week
    But i've calculated that it will leavee me with £40ish a week... hopefully i will have a part time job and i'll be working a lot in the summers when i come back home so that will just go straight to the bank for living costs at University.
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    Aim to have at least £60-70 per week minimum if possible. That'll allow you have a good time as long as you're sensible.
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    (Original post by ItsSian)
    I've applied to so many it's unreal and I'm pretty sure every business in my town that's likely to hire summer workers has my CV! That sounds like such a good job :P
    Yeah its a good job for the summers, the company name is G4S events. They have rather bad reputation for the olmypics and all. Just search event steward with your city name on google search and apply. There also Showsec which does the main concerts like download, t in the park, Glastonbury and bestival or something like that.
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    Going warwick so i cant apply yet, only in may to july i think. But if i get the accom i want, probably living off of 200 pounds a week, and thats with an average cost accom!

    Thank god fo being poor and uni grants, im gon' be living the uni life :cool:.
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    Maintenance loan just about covers accommodation. I'm not entitled to anything extra. I'll be living off my savings account and a part-time job, so however much that gives me.
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    (Original post by officelinebacker)
    With a part-time job I have £40 a week.
    WITH a part-time job?
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    (Original post by gemmatovey)
    WITH a part-time job?
    I'm having to self fund my first year, so I've had to find £9,000 out of my own pocket.
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    (Original post by Larry31)
    Hardly anything sadly...my loan doesn't even cover the accommodation costs, so I'll probably have to dip into savings quite a lot
    Blergh same I didn't realise that accommodation is so expensive :P
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    (Original post by :) emma)
    Blergh same I didn't realise that accommodation is so expensive :P
    I know exactly what you mean; minimal loan combined with expensive accommodation is pretty annoying. I don't think I can even get a part time job during term time which makes it a bit tougher...just gonna have to work like crazy during the holidays :P
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    After paying my gas, electric, food, Sky and travel tickets. I'm looking to be living on £60 a week.
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    Probably about £120 once I've taken bills and rent off.
    (Assuming I'd be using all of part time job money, student loan, summer scholarship money and saved money)


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    My finance is way under my accomodation costs, so I have no clue, whatever my part time job pays plus whatever my father sends.. So around 10p
    I hate you family income bands.

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    (Original post by hannah1994)
    My parents will be giving me £60 a week, which I will definitely be struggling with, especially in Edinburgh which is a pricey city! Currently trying to find the cheapest accommodation so I have some loan to live off! Hopefully I'll earn enough over summer to take around £1000 of my own savings too.

    To be honest I think the way Student Finance is allocated is a joke. Why does it go on household income?! That means that people whose parents are divorced can be entitled to full grant if they live with their mum and she doesn't have to work because their dad earns like over 100k and they are minted. Yet someones whose parents earn a combination of like £41000 don't get anything?! No logic whatsoever.
    I completely agree!!! Have no idea how I'm going to afford anything next year as my maintenance loan doesn't even cover accommodation and I'm doing a full time course so will have no time whatsoever for a part time job. My parents will have to me money per month but I think it's ridiculous how the government portray university to be accessible to all and that everyone could afford it when in reality that's not that case. University is the time when you want to gain so much more independence and live for yourself, not having to still be living off your parents. Mad


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    Honestly, I live off 30 per week.
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    It depends if I get my first choice accommodation which is the cheapest, if so about £50 a week
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    If I get my first choice accommodation then I'll have funds of £100 per week (as I'm from a low income family), however there's no way I'll be spending that much, going to live on £50 per week max.
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    Wow. People seem to be budgeting an awful lot to be living off. If your loan is that great, put some away! Save it for any books and study stuff you may need. Invest it, put it to good use. Don't squander it all on takeaways and booze :P

    I can do my weekly shop for less than a tenner. Sometimes it's up to £15 when I have to buy toiletries etc. I probably spend £15 a week on socialising. So I'd say I spend between £25-35 per week, sometimes less, sometimes more.
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    (Original post by ellaott)
    I completely agree!!! Have no idea how I'm going to afford anything next year as my maintenance loan doesn't even cover accommodation and I'm doing a full time course so will have no time whatsoever for a part time job. My parents will have to me money per month but I think it's ridiculous how the government portray university to be accessible to all and that everyone could afford it when in reality that's not that case. University is the time when you want to gain so much more independence and live for yourself, not having to still be living off your parents. Mad


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    Its quite likely you will find time for a part time job though it depends on the course exactly I suppose. I wouldn't worry about that, I've been in a full time course for three years, worked 26 hours a week in first year, 20 in second and 14 in third. I'm now going into 4th year still with the job, it's not as hard as people think to do both.

    Agreed with the finance thing though, I got no help 1st-3rd year due to stupid household income rules. Scottish rules change this year though so I can actually get a decent loan.


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    (Original post by jackf1337)
    Wow. People seem to be budgeting an awful lot to be living off. If your loan is that great, put some away! Save it for any books and study stuff you may need. Invest it, put it to good use. Don't squander it all on takeaways and booze :P

    I can do my weekly shop for less than a tenner. Sometimes it's up to £15 when I have to buy toiletries etc. I probably spend £15 a week on socialising. So I'd say I spend between £25-35 per week, sometimes less, sometimes more.
    How do you live on £10 a week shop? Genuine question. The minimum I can live on is probably £20 a week, and that involves noodles, beans and Morrison's tasty £1 frozen Pepporini pizzas.
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    i find it quite something that i'm going to be among the most comfortable at uni due to loans and grants

    i'm averaging around £88 per week after accommodation and food (catered accomm), travel and phone top up, though in the first term it's more like £60 as i have to buy a laptop etc. i did work out that i only need £26 a week to scrape by on, so i'm going to try and save at least £40 a week in later terms.

    i'm very lucky my uni (durham) gives me another £3000 towards accommodation though, or i'd be in trouble even with the full student loan and grant...

    About household income, it does help out people like me, whose other parent probably earns quite a bit, but i have no idea for sure and wouldn't be able to trust in a regular source of income from them anyhow, seeing as i barely hear from them anyway. i do think maybe they should have a more graduated income band system up to like 50 k maybe...

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