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    i hope so!
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    (Original post by scarlet ibis)
    i hope so!
    I know they give out travel grants for degree related 'holidays'...but do you reckon they'd give them out just for hols???

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    (Original post by gzftan)
    I know they give out travel grants for degree related 'holidays'...but do you reckon they'd give them out just for hols???

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    dunno... no harm in trying tho!
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    (Original post by scarlet ibis)
    dunno... no harm in trying tho!
    I know..if i get in..i might try and blag a 'Legal Conference' somewhere nice

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    my dad works in the geog dept at exeter uni, and he says that a surprising number of PhD students have an interest in the geography of places like australia, california, and the mediterranean. hmm i wonder why?
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    (Original post by gzftan)
    I know they give out travel grants for degree related 'holidays'...but do you reckon they'd give them out just for hols???

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    No but I quite fancy taking a trip to either South America of Africa to see how patients are treated by Medicins sans frontieres doctors. Katie may miraculously decide to go to the same place at the same time.

    Basically, I want Girton to part finance a nice wee holiday for me next summer I might even turn up to lectures to make sure I get a first in the first year if I think that may sway them They have been really generous with me, and I greatly appreciate that but I'll still push them for the cherry to put on my cake..!
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    (Original post by scarlet ibis)
    my dad works in the geog dept at exeter uni, and he says that a surprising number of PhD students have an interest in the geography of places like australia, california, and the mediterranean. hmm i wonder why?
    Cynical, but so true.
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    (Original post by polthegael)
    No but I quite fancy taking a trip to either South America of Africa to see how patients are treated by Medicins sans frontieres doctors.
    Do you think there's a lawyers san frontieres somewhere like.....Australia?????

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    (Original post by scarlet ibis)
    thanx 4 the advice! i think that with the smile student account, which i am planning on getting, there's an interest free overdraft, which may be useful!



    i'm used to living frugally! my parents have never had much money, so shopping cheaply and making cheap meals is something i've grown up with!

    also, my job pays quite well. i dont do loads of hours per week, but it £5 per hour and £8 per hour on sundays!

    i'm a bit worried about trips tho. on the architecture course, there are so may trips! which is cool but may get expensive! i know that the 1st years go to rome, but later on, the trips are to really random places - cambridge, massachusets (sp?) tokyo, cambodia ...
    yeah I think it is a big help if you are used to stretching your money..

    I was thinking something else you could do over the summer to help you out later on is if you can make any Xmas and birthday pressies etc yourself that's often quite a lot cheaper for a nice present and will save you some cash later on..

    If you have a mobile and you're on PAYG Orange, have a look at the Text Saver on Amazon - it used to be half price, £9.99 - and you get £5 credit and 5 free texts per day for a year - which is a great saver - especially at uni i think it will be useful for keeping in touch with people.. if you need any books for uni etc buy it with them and get super saver postage

    talking of bank accounts have you looked into any of the ones with incentives? (i dont think smile have any) i mean it shouldn't be what your main reason for picking them is... but..

    I reckon the best ones at the moment are HSBC / Natwest - they both have good overdrafts too. HSBC is a 5yr railcard worth ~£95 which is worth having...

    Oh another idea.. when you / your mum etc does the shopping every week or whatever, buy 1 or 2 things that wont go off eg tin of beans or packet of pasta or whatever and put them in a box somewhere where people won't use them, and come October you will have a handy box to start you off.. and its much less of a shock to the system to buy a couple of things extra a week than a huge load at once!

    my last idea I had was if you have some spare time you could look into something that might save your parents money e.g. research whether they would save money by switching their gas/leccy etc and if you can improve on what they are paying, then the difference goes to you for uni...

    lol you might have noticed that the subject of financing uni is one i think (and worry) about quite a lot...

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    you are so full of good ideas, rosie!

    i love making cards and presents for people! actually, i make a (small) bit of money by selling some of my cards in a shop run by my mum's friend.

    i'm not with Orange so i cant make use of that one. but its a good idea!

    i'm still looking at bank accounts, but you're right, hsbc's offer is def. worth thinking about!

    and buying tinned stuff now... i hadn't thought of that! but its such a good idea! btw, how much cooking do people tend to do at cambridge? compared to other unis i mean, cos obviously it depends on the person.

    thanx 4 all the good advice!

    (Original post by scarlet ibis)
    and buying tinned stuff now... i hadn't thought of that! but its such a good idea! btw, how much cooking do people tend to do at cambridge? compared to other unis i mean, cos obviously it depends on the person.

    thanx 4 all the good advice!
    I got the impression it was less usually because the facilities are a bit crap and they encourage you to socialise by eating together.. but the canteen seemed pretty expensive to me even looking at the subsidised prices and it wasn't too great especially if you have any knd of special diet - being a veggie there wasnt loads of choice for me..

    having said that at other unis almost all of the cooking seems to be of the heat'n'serve variety... it was at my bf's anyway.. bt maybe that was because it was an all-boy flat

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    I agree HSBC and NatWest seem like the best options right now...I've been with NatWest for years, and was thinking of switching to HSBC, but I couldn't be bothered. They both offer the 5-year railcard (NatWest copied HSBC), and I think NatWest has better overdraft terms (not that I should be thinking about that :rolleyes: )

    (Original post by scarlet ibis)
    how much cooking do people tend to do at cambridge? compared to other unis i mean, cos obviously it depends on the person.
    I'm keen to do some if I have the time (decent kitchens at college ), but some colleges offer limited kitchen facilities. I know Queens' prefer first-years at least to eat in the canteen.
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    i think kitchen facilities at selwyn are quite limited, but i'm keen to do some cooking too. plus although i am a veggie, the food in hall didn't seem too bad when i went up 4 interview.
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    Re: holidays... it depends on your college but they're pretty generous. A friend at Trinity got them to pay for him to attend a cookery course in France. As in, they actually paid for the lot. Obviously Trinity is stinking rich (and clearly they have more money than sense! ) but even at Sidney they seem to give out travel grants of up to £250, as long as you write them a report of what you did. No, it doesn't appear to have to be degree-related.

    So I CERTAINLY expect Caius will be able to fund holidays for you, gzftan, since they're rolling in it to a fair degree as well; not entirely sure about the other colleges but I expect there's some help available and I also expect that, if Sidney can manage to give out grants even if it's not related to your degree, the rest of them can too.

    The way I was told it, they want you to relax properly over the summer so you can a) recover from the previous year and b) be rested enough to really focus again next time too.

    Sadly £250 isn't going to get me to Ecuador next summer... *sigh* Should have gone to Trinity...

    PS Have signed up to test-drive a Clio :eek: £15 of vouchers here I come... (thanks rosie!!!)
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    (Original post by scarlet ibis)
    i think kitchen facilities at selwyn are quite limited, but i'm keen to do some cooking too. plus although i am a veggie, the food in hall didn't seem too bad when i went up 4 interview.
    Well, you might cook your best if forced to improvise. Alternatively, make friends with someone at another college and cook there.

    (Original post by Squishy)
    Well, you might cook your best if forced to improvise. Alternatively, make friends with someone at another college and cook there.
    me and my friend at queens have a plan that if we both get in, every week or something we will get together and one week she'll cook, the other week i'll cook, or whatever, and we eat together and catch up on stuff.. she's a medic and im a natsci, so i imagine we will be busy rushing round and not see that much of each other unless we plan to

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    (Original post by crana)
    me and my friend at queens have a plan that if we both get in, every week or something we will get together and one week she'll cook, the other week i'll cook, or whatever, and we eat together and catch up on stuff.. she's a medic and im a natsci, so i imagine we will be busy rushing round and not see that much of each other unless we plan to

    rosie
    It's good you're making the effort. I don't plan on keeping in touch with anyone from my school going to Cam.

    (Original post by Squishy)
    It's good you're making the effort. I don't plan on keeping in touch with anyone from my school going to Cam.
    2 of my best friends from school have offers and one is doing all the smae modules as me so i think we will stay in touch.. we arent super close friends but i would miss them i think.
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    there's only one girl from my year who got into cam. but shes taking a gap year and is not very nice. :rolleyes: so i won't be keeping in touch with anyone going 2 cam either
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    (Original post by crana)
    we arent super close friends but i would miss them i think.
    High praise. Out of all the friends I'm keeping in touch with...one's going to Imperial, one isn't going to university, and one's going to Aberystwyth. I'm not superclose with the other Oxbridge applicants in my year.

    (Original post by scarlet ibis)
    there's only one girl from my year who got into cam. but shes taking a gap year and is not very nice. :rolleyes: so i won't be keeping in touch with anyone going 2 cam either
    6 people from my year applied to Cambridge...5 got offers. One was asked to take a gap year (for Engineering), two probably won't make the grades (three if you include me ), and the other probably will since he resat just about all his Lower Sixth modules.
 
 
 
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