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    Hi,
    I'm new here and this is my first post (cut some slack, please)!

    I've applied to go to a uni this year, my student finance application was processed and was accepted, but I have one big problem - as I will be studying full-time and away from home, I'm not sure how I'll be able to pay the hall rent, as I was only given £3741 for my Maintenance Loan. Just to give you an idea, the cheapest apartments cost about £85 /pw, so that means that I will not even be able to live through a year at uni, plus I'll be living very far away from home (about 5 hrs. by train to Lancaster University from my location).

    To give some background information - I live in a big family, which consists of four younger brothers. My father earns about £50K /pa. which sounds like a lot, but you have to understand that this salary does not provide that much if you split it up in a big family. Because of this, my maintenance loan amount that I was able to borrow decreased and my family is in a big debt, so my parents cannot help me out with my university finance.


    If you know of any part-time jobs that might get me through this, or any other suggestions, or whatever, please tell! I'm in a lot of trouble right now and need all the help I can get.

    Thanks a lot!!!!
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    (Original post by nerdynick)
    Hi,
    I'm new here and this is my first post (cut some slack, please)!

    I've applied to go to a uni this year, my student finance application was processed and was accepted, but I have one big problem - as I will be studying full-time and away from home, I'm not sure how I'll be able to pay the hall rent, as I was only given £3741 for my Maintenance Loan. Just to give you an idea, the cheapest apartments cost about £85 /pw, so that means that I will not even be able to live through a year at uni, plus I'll be living very far away from home (about 5 hrs. by train to Lancaster University from my location).

    To give some background information - I live in a big family, which consists of four younger brothers. My father earns about £50K /pa. which sounds like a lot, but you have to understand that this salary does not provide that much if you split it up in a big family. Because of this, my maintenance loan amount that I was able to borrow decreased and my family is in a big debt, so my parents cannot help me out with my university finance.


    If you know of any part-time jobs that might get me through this, or any other suggestions, or whatever, please tell! I'm in a lot of trouble right now and need all the help I can get.

    Thanks a lot!!!!
    hopefully some who knowns more about the subject will be here to help you
    all the best!
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    Maintenance loans are almost never enough to pay the bills and rent. The cheapest halls at my uni are around £130 per week and lots of people are struggling. A part time job will definitely help - start saving up now and work loads over the summer.

    Also make sure you budget wisely at uni - calculate how much you will spend per week and do not go over that limit. For example, if you say you'll keep aside £50 a week for going out, clubs etc, keep to it. Once you hit £50, stop spending.

    You'll have to be smart with your money and shop thriftily; own brands from supermarkets over branded items, make use of coupons and special offers etc. It can be done, just be cautious and sensible!
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    (Original post by georgiaswift)
    Maintenance loans are almost never enough to pay the bills and rent. The cheapest halls at my uni are around £130 per week and lots of people are struggling. A part time job will definitely help - start saving up now and work loads over the summer.

    Also make sure you budget wisely at uni - calculate how much you will spend per week and do not go over that limit. For example, if you say you'll keep aside £50 a week for going out, clubs etc, keep to it. Once you hit £50, stop spending.

    You'll have to be smart with your money and shop thriftily; own brands from supermarkets over branded items, make use of coupons and special offers etc. It can be done, just be cautious and sensible!
    Thanks for your quick reply!

    I hope it'll work out, because no way am I getting any help from my parents :ashamed2:
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    Hi any advice will be helpful

    My daughter is starting her application for uni and also maintenance loan. I support her but i work away alot and dont have a fixed address so cant provide a council tax bill.

    Is this going to be a problem. I can provide all the other info i.e ns number and ifo from my tax return
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    P.S. If anybody knows of any planning apps or such, it would be very helpful if you shared them here. Thanks!
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    (Original post by nerdynick)
    Hi,
    I'm new here and this is my first post (cut some slack, please)!

    I've applied to go to a uni this year, my student finance application was processed and was accepted, but I have one big problem - as I will be studying full-time and away from home, I'm not sure how I'll be able to pay the hall rent, as I was only given £3741 for my Maintenance Loan. Just to give you an idea, the cheapest apartments cost about £85 /pw, so that means that I will not even be able to live through a year at uni, plus I'll be living very far away from home (about 5 hrs. by train to Lancaster University from my location).

    To give some background information - I live in a big family, which consists of four younger brothers. My father earns about £50K /pa. which sounds like a lot, but you have to understand that this salary does not provide that much if you split it up in a big family. Because of this, my maintenance loan amount that I was able to borrow decreased and my family is in a big debt, so my parents cannot help me out with my university finance.


    If you know of any part-time jobs that might get me through this, or any other suggestions, or whatever, please tell! I'm in a lot of trouble right now and need all the help I can get.

    Thanks a lot!!!!
    Many shops, cafes, restaurants and bars take on 16+ year olds- if its a big chain e.g. Asda then they can quite often arrange for transfers between stores near uni & home.
 
 
 
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