Im going to the university of leeds this september to study economics. I will receive the minimum student maintenance loan which is like 3.5k, my accommodation alone is over 5k for the first year. I currently have no savings and only part time employment, the most i will be able to get together for the start of term is around £300. I accept that i will need to find work pretty sharpish but is there any other support available in the mean time? I cant get a student overdraft due to an awful credit rating. Don't have the greatest relationship family so cant really rely on them.
Also can someone explain how accommodation payments work, i assume i don't have to make a payment as soon as i arrive?
Also does anyone know how easy it is to find jobs, specifically in Leeds? I assume there will be quite a lot of competition due to the number of students, i do have a criminal record which im guessing is likely to reduce my chances.
...and how to stay positive