I have recently got my unconditional offer from York and I was over the moon. That was until I started worrying about money, I come from a poor working-class background so will be entitled to maximum loans and grants of £7125.00. My parents will not be able to contribute any money whatsoever to me whilst at York, and I can only manage £500 for each of the three years from savings. How much do people spend in York term wise? And do you think I'll be able to get along with that much money? Also, is it 'easy' to get a part-time job in York? All help is appreciated.
If you apply for the cheaper accom you should be fine. You'll just have to budget your money wisely. Its fairly easy to get a part-time job as york is so touristy, there are plenty of pubs/bars/club/shops ect to get work in.
For my first year I had about 5000 worth of loan, with some support from my family. I was in cheap accommodation (85 a week for 39 week let) which was fine. I had about 40 a week to spend on food and things after rent was taken from my account. it was plenty. ^_^
Just to compare, in my first year, my maintenance loan of ~£3600 nearly covered my entire accommodation fees, and my parents gave me £150 a month for everyday stuff (however I was catered, but last year £200 a month was fine). If I was given £7125, I would have had ~£1500 left at the end of the year!!
So unless you opt for some hideously expensive halls you will be fine. To answer your initial question, York is not particularly expensive. Like any place just be smart, don't go on nights out 5 times a week and don't buy too many clothes/games/electronics/textbooks (which you would most likely buy online anyway!)
I get the maximum loans/grants and the York bursary but from the £3000 fees, not the £9000 fees, so I think you probably get a lot more now. I don't get any help from my parents and I don't really have any savings. It's been absolutely plenty. In my experience I'm actually a lot better off than friends who get less in grants and loans and have to have help from their parents.
I live in york, and i'm always constantly suprised how cheap things are here, if you go into town on a thursday (student night) it's ridiculous how much booze you can get in you for even £10...
Other stuff is cheap too, there's a really good resteraunt called "The spiriurgate centre" which does stuff like baked potatoes for £3.20 and cake for £1.50
Hope this helps put your mind at rest!
I loved in York for a year when I was doing my masters and found things to be a lot cheaper than London.
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If you didn't specifically request that Student Finance not pass your information on to the university, and you're from a family with an income under £40,000, you'll get a bursary paid into your account without having to lift a finger- usually quite a sum, as well.
Check the university's website- it's got all the details.
Suffice it to say that York's entirely survivable on a budget.