Cost of living! Which Durham college to pick?!?

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Casie30
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I am really unsure what Durham college to pick in terms of which will give me the fewest troubles.

I already have picked Collingwood but I did the Student Finance calculator (https://www.gov.uk/student-finance-calculator) and my maintenance loan is pretty low. I would have to work for 7 months (of my part time job) to pay the rest of my accommodation fee (of £ 7,171 per year).

However it is fully catered so I don't have to pay for food?...

And there's St Cuthbert's which is closer to my course department (philosophy) but it is self catered.
I only have to work have a month to pay the rest of my accommodation.
But assuming the cost of food is £30 per week... it would cost £1080 per uni year? so I'd have to work 4 months.

Would it be better to go with St Cuthbert's?

I'm not entitled for any bursary's of scholarships also.
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(Original post by aish30)
I am really unsure what Durham college to pick in terms of which will give me the fewest troubles.

I already have picked Collingwood but I did the Student Finance calculator (https://www.gov.uk/student-finance-calculator) and my maintenance loan is pretty low. I would have to work for 7 months (of my part time job) to pay the rest of my accommodation fee (of £ 7,171 per year).

However it is fully catered so I don't have to pay for food?...

And there's St Cuthbert's which is closer to my course department (philosophy) but it is self catered.
I only have to work have a month to pay the rest of my accommodation.
But assuming the cost of food is £30 per week... it would cost £1080 per uni year? so I'd have to work 4 months.

Would it be better to go with St Cuthbert's?

I'm not entitled for any bursary's of scholarships also.
The catered accommodation is more expensive than the self catered, often by a larger amount than you'll spend on buying your own food. So by going self catered, you'll save money.

You'll enjoy life at any of the colleges, everyone becomes immersed in their own college spirit (plus you don't really need to take the distance into account as Durham is tiny) so if you're worried about money, go self catered
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(Original post by Gingerbread101)
The catered accommodation is more expensive than the self catered, often by a larger amount than you'll spend on buying your own food. So by going self catered, you'll save money.

You'll enjoy life at any of the colleges, everyone becomes immersed in their own college spirit (plus you don't really need to take the distance into account as Durham is tiny) so if you're worried about money, go self catered
Thanks! I think in the end it was better to go for a self catered college because I will have more money to allocate effectively
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Just wondering if anyone knows if all Durham colleges do the college family thing? I just really like that idea and would like to be part of a college that does it. Thanks
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