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    well i got the full loans/grants which left me with about 100 a week after rent which is more than enough to live off if you dont waste money. However i needed a new laptop so spent about 400 on that along with all the other costs associated with first moving to uni. despite this i still managed to live off this for the full term , altho the last few weeks were a bit tight.
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    Grants arnt enough for me to live in any way extravagant.
    Trying to find a job atm as it's not really covering costs. After rent + bills(not including food) i have about 500 each semester to cover EVERYTHING.

    So i cant afford textbooks atm for my courses.

    My rent is quite high though living in Edinburgh.

    But i cant ask for even a tenner from home when i have no money. My mum doesnt even have the means to scrape that together.
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    I will not be going to university until September, so i may get higher loans/grants, however here is my budget based on what i would have got this year...

    Tuition Fees - £3k
    Maintanence loan and grant - £6.5k
    Bursary - £500 (every university is different)

    Here is my budget for it...

    Accomodation - £5k (40 week contract, could have gone cheaper)
    Food - £1k - (£25 per week over 40 weeks)
    Travel - £700 (40 weeks)

    Thus, i have £300 spare or £30 per month. Fortunately, i have had part time jobs since 16 (now 21), so i will be working at least ten hours per work during term time.

    If we assume i get £240 per month from a job (just 10 hours work), then i have enougth to be able to save and spend, plus i will likely work more hours during holidays.

    (Figues based on 10 months because i will live with parents during summer)
 
 
 
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