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IntrovertPizza
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So, I'm at a difficult time at the moment. I'm a third year undergraduate student and I've just been made redundant from my only source of income. I don't have the luxury of parental help and I'm pretty much homeless if I don't have a stable source of income. With COVID-19, the only work I have done is in Retail- meaning I have no experience anywhere else and I'm screwed as the retail sector is shrinking.

I could really use some advice on what I should do? Moving in with my parents is not an option I have. And the only advice I have been given by my university is to job hunt. Which is something I am doing a lot of when I'm not studying.

How 2020 graduates that were in my same situation did it, I truly don't know.

I know things can change but I really am anticipating the worst and I want to prevent this at all costs. It's really terrifying and I'm at a loss of what to do.
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For jobs, look for something to do with delivery/warehousing. These are in high demand right now due to an increase in e-commerce.

Try and apply for emergency accommodation or find a hostel if you can.
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read this to see if you may be entitled to benefits or a grant to help pay for rent. you can contact citizens advice webchat for further help too (yes i feel your stress too ).

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/ho...renting-costs/
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Id contact the council, talk to your local councillor , a mate got priority on housing list by doing that.

Warehousing is a good shout, though id make sure you can get to the work easily as they are on outskirts.
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Get in touch with the local council, they may be able to find you emergency housing. Speaking to an organisation such as the CAB may also be of some benefit.
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Thank you everyone who replied, I’ll definitely try all these options. 😊
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(Original post by IntrovertPizza)
So, I'm at a difficult time at the moment. I'm a third year undergraduate student and I've just been made redundant from my only source of income. I don't have the luxury of parental help and I'm pretty much homeless if I don't have a stable source of income. With COVID-19, the only work I have done is in Retail- meaning I have no experience anywhere else and I'm screwed as the retail sector is shrinking.

I could really use some advice on what I should do? Moving in with my parents is not an option I have. And the only advice I have been given by my university is to job hunt. Which is something I am doing a lot of when I'm not studying.

How 2020 graduates that were in my same situation did it, I truly don't know.

I know things can change but I really am anticipating the worst and I want to prevent this at all costs. It's really terrifying and I'm at a loss of what to do.
You'll be entitled to housing benefit and universal credit when you graduate. Check out entitledto.co.uk to see what benefits you are eligible for.

Also, if you've been studying for a degree, surely once you graduate a lot more opportunities will open up?
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Contact your Uni's Students Union or support services. Most unis have a hardship fund for students who have found themselves in a difficult situation over the pandemic period. They might be able to offer monetary support or point you towards the right direction.

If you are looking for a job, then here is a free to attend online recruitment fair: https://www.built-environment-networ...ruitment-fair/
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Yeah, I’m hoping a lot of graduate stuff opens up, but this current climate is quite unpredictable :’)
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Yeah, I’m hoping a lot of graduate stuff opens up, but this current climate is quite unpredictable :’)
That's fair enough, it's certainly not the best time to graduate. Feel free to privately message me if you want to tell me what your degree is in, where you need to work and what you want to do for a career. Who knows, I might be able to offer some advice.

In the mean time, I checked entitledto.co.uk for you. I've assumed you are under 35 which for some stupid Tory reason does reduce your entitlement to housing benefit (the Tories are "boomer socialists" and only really splurge money on people born in the 1960s or earlier). You'll be entitled to £173 a week plus £17 towards your council tax. The assumption is that you are only entitled to a shared bedroom in a house (utterly ridiculous I know).

If you're 35 or over you will be entitled to £210 a week plus the £17 towards your council tax.
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