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Ok, I've had my loans in for the term, and I'm now left with the mighty sum of £12 a week with which to live on, although that's without buying my textbooks, which will probably leave me totally bankrupt.

My mum will buy me a £50 Tesco shop once a month, which I'm thinking I can live off quite well, but how do I cope otherwise? I don't pay anything for transport, as I walk everywhere, but getting home costs me about £25 so that's a rare occurence, and getting to my boyfriend's costs £14 return, although he's willing to help with that.

So come on TSR, what the hell do I do?
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In before the inevitable, get a job.
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In before the inevitable, get a job.
Yeah, easier said than done. I've applied for about 30 jobs, and heard nothing back apart from one, which I can't get to :/
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Job (good luck, I am having problems with that).
Apply for more finance if you can
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If you're getting money for food and don't need any for travel to/from university, you'll be fine.
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just keep trying on the job front
if your mum's paying your food then i guess thats not too bad.... what more do you want to spend your money on (apart from booze and people may buy that for you)
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just keep trying on the job front
if your mum's paying your food then i guess thats not too bad.... what more do you want to spend your money on (apart from booze and people may buy that for you)
Going out once a week would be fine for me, but even then, that could quite easily eat up an entire's week budget. I've got to factor in laundry, too, which is £3.20 a time here, and then it's stuff like toiletries and fresh fruit and veg, which I can't just buy monthly.
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Ok, I've had my loans in for the term, and I'm now left with the mighty sum of £12 a week with which to live on, although that's without buying my textbooks, which will probably leave me totally bankrupt.

My mum will buy me a £50 Tesco shop once a month, which I'm thinking I can live off quite well, but how do I cope otherwise? I don't pay anything for transport, as I walk everywhere, but getting home costs me about £25 so that's a rare occurence, and getting to my boyfriend's costs £14 return, although he's willing to help with that.

So come on TSR, what the hell do I do?
psychology memory experiments should get you an extra tenner a week. Beyond that, look into the uni for jobs maybe security, telephone fundraising ect- finally don't be afraid to ask people who are close to lend a helping hand. The uni maybe able to sort you out with more bursaries- talk to the finance office.
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Beg, borrow and steal.

Beg for more help from friends/family.
Try and borrow from people you know will let the debt go.
Steal - well you probably shouldn't.
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are you good at cleaning? there's plenty of them jobs going
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Inb4 idiots suggesting prostitution. :awesome:
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Yeah, easier said than done. I've applied for about 30 jobs, and heard nothing back apart from one, which I can't get to :/
I felt mean the second I posted it, because I know it's not the easiest solution.

I would first of all think if you really need to buy ANY textbooks. Most set texts are available in the library (go soon and get them on six week loan) or are available in part on Google books. Or if you only need a page or two, I have regularly seen people blatantly reading volumes in Waterstones. Also, ask your tutors to post texts online and print them out at uni.

You obviously have no problems with food which is good. Remember to plan your meals (sure your mum will help) and put aside £10-20 per month for bread and milk and other little fresh bits that you will need.

Sell things. Books, clothes, other things. Ebay is your friend. Raid your family home for old mobile phones and send them off to one of those mobile places.

Look at your uni's job shop - often these will be jobs for a day or a week though some are part time. The money is often above minimum wage and can give you a boost of £200 now and again for a weeks work. You could also try volunteering and hope it leads to a paid position. Also lots of people hiring Christmas temps now. Find out your holidays and then apply for positions perhaps in your home town.

Get a good overdraft. You can either get a job to pay it off or you can ask for cash for christmas to put towards it.

Call in every single piece of money you ever lent and didn't ask for back.

Good luck. £12 a week after food and rent isn't destitute but won't buy you many drinks in the pub. Call in all your favours and charm people into buying you a drink based on your fantastic company.
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20p "Lemonade" Will help.
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Going out once a week would be fine for me, but even then, that could quite easily eat up an entire's week budget. I've got to factor in laundry, too, which is £3.20 a time here, and then it's stuff like toiletries and fresh fruit and veg, which I can't just buy monthly.

just keep trying on the job front
can you tutour people? local schools with A-Level students that may need tutouring?
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Inb4 idiots suggesting prostitution. :awesome:
Hey, you'll never starve when you're sitting on a gold mine!
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Ok, I've had my loans in for the term, and I'm now left with the mighty sum of £12 a week with which to live on, although that's without buying my textbooks, which will probably leave me totally bankrupt.

My mum will buy me a £50 Tesco shop once a month, which I'm thinking I can live off quite well, but how do I cope otherwise? I don't pay anything for transport, as I walk everywhere, but getting home costs me about £25 so that's a rare occurence, and getting to my boyfriend's costs £14 return, although he's willing to help with that.

So come on TSR, what the hell do I do?
rahh is that all? mate start selling what u dont need on ebay lol or get a job. £12 is like nothing, i mean im a student too and i need at least £10 a day!! - £50 plus a week
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I felt mean the second I posted it, because I know it's not the easiest solution.

I would first of all think if you really need to buy ANY textbooks. Most set texts are available in the library (go soon and get them on six week loan) or are available in part on Google books. Or if you only need a page or two, I have regularly seen people blatantly reading volumes in Waterstones. Also, ask your tutors to post texts online and print them out at uni.

You obviously have no problems with food which is good. Remember to plan your meals (sure your mum will help) and put aside £10-20 per month for bread and milk and other little fresh bits that you will need.

Sell things. Books, clothes, other things. Ebay is your friend. Raid your family home for old mobile phones and send them off to one of those mobile places.

Look at your uni's job shop - often these will be jobs for a day or a week though some are part time. The money is often above minimum wage and can give you a boost of £200 now and again for a weeks work. You could also try volunteering and hope it leads to a paid position. Also lots of people hiring Christmas temps now. Find out your holidays and then apply for positions perhaps in your home town.

Get a good overdraft. You can either get a job to pay it off or you can ask for cash for christmas to put towards it.

Call in every single piece of money you ever lent and didn't ask for back.

Good luck. £12 a week after food and rent isn't destitute but won't buy you many drinks in the pub. Call in all your favours and charm people into buying you a drink based on your fantastic company.
Oh God, don't feel bad! It's difficult, but I do just need to keep trying. There's a student representative job for open days that I'm going to apply for, but that's only a few days a year. Still, whatever brings in the pennies, eh?

Textbooks are a pain in the arse. There's some that I simply do need to get, but I can use them for the other years, too. I can't get secondhand either, a lot of the time, simply because stuff's changed, and the lecturers are saying they're fairly useless... Arrrgh!

I'm going to student finance tomorrow to ask what I can do. Thanks though

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just keep trying on the job front
can you tutour people? local schools with A-Level students that may need tutouring?
I looked at tutoring, but a lot of people will only employ those who already have a degree in their subject, or already have teaching qualifications, which I obviously don't. Then I'd have the problem that I can only do humanities subjects, in specific areas
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overdraft, 0% interest free till a year after u graduate

that how
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Yeah, easier said than done. I've applied for about 30 jobs, and heard nothing back apart from one, which I can't get to :/
Jobs are a funny thing. When you need a job - you can't get one. My situation, I no longer need a job - but have had 2 offers (1 this morning..) - and 4 interviews to follow :rofl:. I am wondering where these were months ago (when I actually applied -_-)
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