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    I've just started my second year of my foundation degree. I think I have pretty much decided not to top-up and therefore will be leaving uni this summer. As we all know, as students, we are poor. I am concerned that when I leave uni I will have no money so wont be able to afford a deposit and rent for a place of my own. Ideally, id like to relocate for a job, or just to go somewhere different, but you need money to pay your way untill you start getting paid from work :/ Going back to my parents house is not an option as they kicked me out and I have no contact with them. What do most people do when they leave uni? How hard is it to find a job? How do i/can I go through the council to find housing?
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    I've just started my second year of my foundation degree. I think I have pretty much decided not to top-up and therefore will be leaving uni this summer. As we all know, as students, we are poor. I am concerned that when I leave uni I will have no money so wont be able to afford a deposit and rent for a place of my own. Ideally, id like to relocate for a job, or just to go somewhere different, but you need money to pay your way untill you start getting paid from work :/ Going back to my parents house is not an option as they kicked me out and I have no contact with them. What do most people do when they leave uni? How hard is it to find a job? How do i/can I go through the council to find housing?
    So that means you wont really have a full honours degree?

    Do you mean deposit to buy or deposit to rent?

    I should be in bed, but very quickly.

    1. Leaving uni then either get a job or sign on as soon as your course finishes.
    2. Assuming you got a job then you could ask the bank to extend your o/d, an advance on your salary, credit card , sell things or borrow from relatives or friends.
    3. Contact the Council housing department and ask to be put in the waiting list.
    4. Talking to Shelter or CAB or your SU now might be wise.
    5/ Also see if any jobs have live in.
    6. You have the rest of the year to do your research and put in place a plan so you have somewhere to go to when you leave.
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    I would recommend getting a job now while you're finishing your course - depending on the job you want, it's not as simple as applying as soon as you leave uni and being able to walk into the job the next week. Also if you really need the money to live, don't discriminate with the type of jobs you apply to (I'm sure this is obvious) - a retail job in a shop is worth applying to if it can tide you over before you can get a more well paid/secure job. Try to save as much of your student finance as possible so you have a back up (or potentially a start-up for a deposit).

    Research your options now - don't leave it until later, because you'll a) potentially want to get on waiting lists early and b) need to develop a back-up plan if the council fails. Without wanting to be pessimistic, young people under the age of 25 have notoriously been left off eligibility for housing/other benefits because it's assumed they can rely on your parents. Whether this applies to you given your situation is something you need to find out asap. I know sometimes you ultimately just don't have a choice but I would really advise against relying on the council to get you something - even if you are eligible, they don't always have enough rooms to go round, and tend to prioritize people who have kids. So yeah - to reiterate, do whatever you can to get a job or go some way in progressing with the situation now, don't wait until later.
 
 
 
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