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Most students in their first year live in university residence halls (or colleges as we call them at Durham University). Usually, all unis provide guaranteed accommodation to freshers so you don't have to look outside. However private accommodation tends to be cheaper and you always have the option to live out even in your first year.
For financial assistance, I would recommend looking at the scholarships available at the university of your choice. There are also several external scholarships at Durham which you can find here. These could be either dedicated towards tuition fees or living costs or both. You can also look into student finance, particularly maintenance loan, which is geared towards living costs.
-Himieka (Official DU Rep)
People can afford these through student finance. If you won't be receiving any financial support from your parents then apply for the full amount on student finance. This fluctuates year to year but should be between £8,500 and £11,000 allocated to you as a 'maintenance loan'.
Some people also get part time jobs while at university. You can also find casual jobs with your university, such as helping with open days
Most will move in student halls or accommodation provided by the university. Students afford this through their student loan maintenance loan and often people will take on part time jobs to get extra income.
All the best
Kasey - University of Law Student Ambassador
Others move into studios or shared flats within students only complexes.
Some continue living with parents or partners as they did before uni.
Students cover their rental accomodation costs in many different ways.
Allowance from relatives, inheritances, earnings from part time employment and personal savings.
Then there are private halls they often are a bit larger but you might've to pay utilities on a meter but that really does depend on the company.
There are also University owned houses this is very much like the halls but there are no cleaners and again you might need to pay a few bills.
The private sector is another option mostly second and third years do this with their mates it's a little cheaper than halls but then there you need to surtout internet between each other and you also need to pay bills you're except from rates as a student but you'll need to get a note from the university and give it to the town hall otherwise you might have to go to court i nearly did but i got the note to them before the court date and every thing stopped.
Students can apply for support from SFE or SAAS in Scotland, the amount depends on a variety of factors. Some get money from parents, part-time employment or use personal savings built up. I hope this answers your questions.
Most people live in student accommodation when they move to uni. Accommodation may be on or off campus depending on the uni or dotted around the area of the uni! There are lots of different types of accommodation and they often vary slightly in price.
Most people apply for student finance which involves a tuition loan which is for university fees and a maintenance loans which helps with things such as rent, bills and food. This would help fund the cost of accommodation. I've attached a link which explains how you can apply for student finance which may be useful! https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-student-finance
I hope this helps!
Abby, University of Chichester, First Year Student Ambassador
I hope you're well
In my first year, I stayed at University accommodation so that I could make friends with the people at uni. I really enjoyed it, and the halls were really clean! I had student Finance, which helped cover my accommodation. I also had a casual part-time job which helped with my weekly shops and nights out. In my second & third year, I lived in a house with my friends. There's a range of houses in Liverpool all at different prices, so we found the one that suited us and then went from there. Again, I had student finance to help me out, but then I also had to get a more structured part-time job (10 hours), which helped me out with my finances.
I hope that's helpful! If you're looking for money saving tips; I'd definitely meal prep!
Ana - UoL Ambassador