Okay so I'm finishing off my accommodation application and have two choices...
Standard room with washbasin: £75 per week
Ensuite room: £101 per week
Now, i would prefer to be ensuite but I am wondering whether I should with regards to other aspects of my finance
My maintenance grant and loan plus a bursary (not sure if i got it but i think i did as i'm eligible) gives me £7,200
Now overall the standard room comes to £2925 and the en suite comes to £3939
I'm not very good with numbers, money and finance really and so would like to know that if I got the en suite room would I have enough to afford food, spending and going out money too (I plan on having somewhat of a social life )
I am going to look for a job when I arrive but with this recession I'm a little nervous I can find one so I'm seeing if i could manage without a job
Choice of accommodation and budget Watch
- Thread Starter
- 22-07-2009 23:17
- 22-07-2009 23:28
£101 for an ensuite room is quite expensive in my opinion...I've applied for a studio room and it's £110 in nottingham.
I think it'll depend on other financial support you recieve lyk parents or uni bursary
If you can stick it out and live in the standard room for a year then you should do that because you might not be motivated to get a job and the recession isn't helping like you said.
Another option is to look for another accomodation
- 22-07-2009 23:35
what uni are you going?
edit: omg ignore me
ur sig jus answered my question lolLast edited by Buster_Bunny; 22-07-2009 at 23:38.
- PS Helper
- 22-07-2009 23:43
well the thing to remember is that all halls include elec, water and all other bills most give free ResNet (Internet Connection). £101 for ensuite isn't bad.
Surrey Uni (Guilford) which is really london prices is £100.70 for en-suite which is what i'll prob go for next year and i'll only get like £5500 loan and a small grant. and the lease is 36 weeks so thats £3625.20 which leaves me £1874.80 spread over the 36 weeks thats only £52 a week which with the prices associated with been in the south and near london wont be enough to live off. i think i'll need to have ~£80-£100 to live and have even a moderate social life and buy books etc. so i'm going to have to get a job at uni and save up loads during the holidays seeming as they dont give you all of your maintance loan in one go (33% 1st term, 33% Second, 33% Final)
and i'll be getting no support from my parents.
i'd deffo go for the en-suite remember otherwise you sharing a single bathroom with prob 3-5 others.
good luck with whatever you do.
- 23-07-2009 09:50
Not having an en-suite isn't that bad. Unless you live in university accommodation for the entire duration of your degree, you're going to have to share a bathroom anyway. I'd go for non-en-suite just so that I was more comfortable financially.
- 23-07-2009 13:37
I would always say don't go for ensuite, its a luxury and especially at a time when finding part time work is hard, its better to go for the cheaper room and have that extra money in reserve
- 23-07-2009 13:41
Share the bathroom and have more nights out
That's how I made my decision
- 23-07-2009 13:42
Basically, what batty_hatty said. If you can stick sharing a bathroom with other people, then you should do it. That way you'll have more freedom in other areas of your finances. I wanted en-suite, but when I thought about it, if I've got my own wash basin, it's not so bad.