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    basically, I used a student finance calculator and I am eligible for overall around £6,500
    my cheapest accommodation choices will top up to £3,500 but the one i really want is around £4700 at £111 per week

    how will this work? this leaves me with around £45 to spend a week. I know the £111 accomodation is still quite good value so how does everyone else survive? is there something I'm missing out cos I don't see how you can survive and enjoy uni on £45 a week...



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    Have you included the bursaries and scholarships that you might be eligible for from your university? Also, you can get a part time job whilst you are at uni, most of them have job shops which help you find a job
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    You can get a part time job. The average amount of hours you can do and still be really successful with your degree is 16 per week which works out to £400-£450 per month for most retailers. I know people that work 30 hours per week and are predicted a first though, so you can definitely do it. You just have to want to do it. I plan on working between 16-25 hours per week throughout my degree (agreed with my manager already.)
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    (Original post by deanna3006)
    basically, I used a student finance calculator and I am eligible for overall around £6,500
    my cheapest accommodation choices will top up to £3,500 but the one i really want is around £4700 at £111 per week

    how will this work? this leaves me with around £45 to spend a week. I know the £111 accomodation is still quite good value so how does everyone else survive? is there something I'm missing out cos I don't see how you can survive and enjoy uni on £45 a week...



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    id go for a cheaper accomodation. you get alot of maintenance loan! i got 4500 and the accom i want is 3800, try living off whats left of that!

    can your parents help at all? do you have any savings to help you? you can survive off it if you get a little bit of help
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    to answer everyone - can I really work that much? I was thinking 10 hours max! (that will be plus tips so I'll earn a little bit more than average)

    and I won't get any bursaries from the actual uni, but there are a few grants I've found I can apply for outside which I haven't accounted for

    and that sum is including the grant as well as the loan! I got that from a wage of £30,000
    my parents are really low on money as my dad just started up a business so I won't get much help from them, and all my savings went on driving lessons and a car etc. (that sounds like a waste but I need a licence and some driving experience for my course (it's paramedic science) so I think it was worth it)

    I think it might all come together I may just be panicking a bit thankyou everyone!


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    £45 a week? You'd be scraping it. Best get a part time job!
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    If you want the money, then yes, you can work that much. I work with a lot of students that work full days saturday and sunday, and 3 evenings throughout the week. That's 28 hours. They still have plenty time to get work done and socialise, because they make it work.
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    (Original post by angelooo)
    If you want the money, then yes, you can work that much. I work with a lot of students that work full days saturday and sunday, and 3 evenings throughout the week. That's 28 hours. They still have plenty time to get work done and socialise, because they make it work.
    I might try it out at first! im usually quite a lazy person (unfortunately) ad my cause is 9-5, 5 days a week, but I don't know if I need to do a huge amount of work outside learning. it's quite hands on so hopefully not!


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    (Original post by deanna3006)
    I might try it out at first! im usually quite a lazy person (unfortunately) ad my cause is 9-5, 5 days a week, but I don't know if I need to do a huge amount of work outside learning. it's quite hands on so hopefully not!


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    Well, I can't really help you with the laziness. If you want money, you'll have to work for it. Even if you just do a couple of shifts at the weekend, or pick up pr work for clubs, they pay like £10-15 per hour, plus you get free drinks for that club, so that's an easy way of getting a decent amount of money quickly. You have to be outgoing and sociable for that though.
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    (Original post by angelooo)
    Well, I can't really help you with the laziness. If you want money, you'll have to work for it. Even if you just do a couple of shifts at the weekend, or pick up pr work for clubs, they pay like £10-15 per hour, plus you get free drinks for that club, so that's an easy way of getting a decent amount of money quickly. You have to be outgoing and sociable for that though.
    my laziness applys to coursework/revision etc but I love working so I'll get plenty of shifts etc but my time management outside that may be a little poor and I didn't realise clubs paid that much! I'm also skilled in art to the point I could sell so and I work really quickly through pieces so I could try get a bit o extra cash that way. every little helps eh


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    Have you correctly worked out the number of weeks that you'll need money for?

    Don't forget that during half terms you may be at home (and about to scrounge off your parents) and your course will end before the rent does - I think I'm signed into a 44 week contract for my accommodation, but the academic year is 37 weeks and I actually finish 3 weeks before that - After my exams, I'll probably just go home because there's nothing else that I need to do at uni.

    Thus, a 44 week contract only requires me to be there for 34 weeks, and I'm only at university for 28 weeks because of holidays. Phone bills and the such will carry on regardless of holidays, so factor that in, but the actual weekly amount you have many increase.


    Do check, because your money may actually go a lot further.
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    (Original post by SillyEddy)
    Have you correctly worked out the number of weeks that you'll need money for?

    Don't forget that during half terms you may be at home (and about to scrounge off your parents) and your course will end before the rent does - I think I'm signed into a 44 week contract for my accommodation, but the academic year is 37 weeks and I actually finish 3 weeks before that - After my exams, I'll probably just go home because there's nothing else that I need to do at uni.

    Thus, a 44 week contract only requires me to be there for 34 weeks, and I'm only at university for 28 weeks because of holidays. Phone bills and the such will carry on regardless of holidays, so factor that in, but the actual weekly amount you have many increase.


    Do check, because your money may actually go a lot further.
    I didn't think of all that actually and my accommodation is a 43 week contract. thankyou


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    (Original post by deanna3006)
    I didn't think of all that actually and my accommodation is a 43 week contract. thankyou


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    Have a look on the uni website or do a search for the term dates. The term dates for 2013/14 for my university have recently been released, but there is also a complete academic calendar for events (exams, end of year, etc).

    That would be your best place to check. Two weeks after the exam period starts, my exams are over! Well, in fact, I have an exam on a Friday and a Monday and then I'm off. You probably won't know the exam dates until a few weeks or a month or two before the exam takes place, but you might be able to ask others to see when their exams typically were.

    If you budget properly, you'll probably have a huge chunk at the end. I think I have around £300-£500 to burn over summer depending on how much I need to spend in that final term.
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    I was going to say the same-about you not needing to count all the weeks. Plus some weeks you won't be as busy at uni and maybe have 'study weeks' and stuff where you might be able to work more.
    I worked about 20 hours a week at uni and more some weeks, still got a good grade
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    (Original post by SillyEddy)
    Have a look on the uni website or do a search for the term dates. The term dates for 2013/14 for my university have recently been released, but there is also a complete academic calendar for events (exams, end of year, etc).

    That would be your best place to check. Two weeks after the exam period starts, my exams are over! Well, in fact, I have an exam on a Friday and a Monday and then I'm off. You probably won't know the exam dates until a few weeks or a month or two before the exam takes place, but you might be able to ask others to see when their exams typically were.

    If you budget properly, you'll probably have a huge chunk at the end. I think I have around £300-£500 to burn over summer depending on how much I need to spend in that final term.
    if you don't mind me asking, how much averagely do you spend on living costs without accommodation? I have no idea how much stuff will cost to be honest


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    I was going to say the same-about you not needing to count all the weeks. Plus some weeks you won't be as busy at uni and maybe have 'study weeks' and stuff where you might be able to work more.
    I worked about 20 hours a week at uni and more some weeks, still got a good grade
    just found out my course is 9-5, 5 days a week :/ but that sounds like there'll be next to no private study so I guess I can still work a little bit


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    (Original post by deanna3006)
    if you don't mind me asking, how much averagely do you spend on living costs without accommodation? I have no idea how much stuff will cost to be honest


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    There are quite a few threads on it. Each week (I get some money each week so it's easiest to budget that way) I spend around £12.50 on subscriptions... Things like phone contract, Netflix, etc. I also spend around £30-£40 on food, but I'm a really bad scrimper. If you buy in bulk and avoid the brands then you could live on £20 a week or so for food.

    My only local store is Sainsbury's Local (although there is a Tesco Express, Iceland, Morrisons and Asda if you fancy a long walk) so it's not the best for shopping, but I get by. There are usually food deals on for things like meat, and I usually stock up that way.

    Have a look at This Thread for a £15/week food inventory
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    i know plenty of people whos entire loan goes straight on housing and then some so theyre having fun getting by :L
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    would it be a stupid idea to try and get in touch with the financial advisor of the uni? I've firmed and they're my only choice so if I get the grades I am definitely going there


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