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I was only eligible at the point of application for the basic maintenance loan of the time, which was around £3500 per term (My rent from 2nd year alone was £3000 a term). I had to get 2 jobs alongside my studies to be able to afford to live. My typical schedule during the week was:
In lectures/labs/seminars: 9am - 4pm
Job 1 (Out of hours IT Tech Support): 4.30pm - 9.30pm, Monday - Thursday
Job 2 (Nightclub Bar Supervisor, then Assistant Manager in Final year): 10.30pm - 5am Monday, Wednesday - Saturday
Had to swap to weekend work for job #1 in final year, as I was in uni for various things from 8am until 7pm during the week. Also Job #2 hours changed to 8.30pm - 5.30am in final year.
My uni work and grades definitely suffered for that, but on the upside I had 3+ years of partially industry relevant work experience at the end as well.
Even scaling for inflation since I studied, maintenance loans have still got 40% larger, i'd have loved to have that extra buffer of safety net.
I’m absolutely terrible with money though. I’ve been spending sooo much more than I should have :/
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Are you struggling to make ends meet? Are you perhaps spending more time trying to earn some extra cash, than you are on your Uni work? Is finding work easy? What type of work are you managing to find? Would be great to hear about your experiences. Thanks :-)