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    (Original post by jesty)
    Yes i have heard this too. I definitely would like a evening or two in the SU bar but not sure when to apply. I have sent an email today to find out some more info on uni jobs so hoepfully that will give me something. 3 hours for an interview would be a pain though as in full time work until I go.

    I def want 4-8 hours a week as it would give me that extra social side and some extra cash but wouldnt interupt my studies too much
    If yours is anything like ours you won't have an interview necessarily (more like a get to know each other session) and it won't be until term starts. It is definitely worth it though.

    They are VERY flexible with exams and coursework etc. Most of the time you can find someone to cover your shift if you want it off as there's such a large amount of staff. I worked 12 hours last term and it was fine (I do Law btw so have a lot of contact hours to start with) and then I did 10 hours this term and felt like I could have done more.. I don't know... if you have a lot of hours you still always get your work done.. it forces you to not waste time watching TV etc.
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    Granted getting a job can be difficult, but you can usually fit it around your studies and social life fairly easily. I had 20+ lecture hours without any extra work per week and I could fit a job around it without it interrupting my social life. Plus campus jobs are usually very flexible and designed to fit around student life! You can always just work hours in the daytime or (heaven forbid) morning if you want to keep evenings free.
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    No way could I live off my loan alone. It's too small because the idiotic system doesn't take into account the household outgoings along with the overall income. I know alot of people who's household income is 20,000, but they have no mortgage thanks to inheritance, absolutely loads of expenditure thanks to inheritance and ema, and therefore are in fact better off than my family, whom earn a combined income of 33k.
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    But if you budget well, you could live off of it. Like now, for instance, I live in Ayia Napa (Republic of Cyprus) and I live off around €10 per week (after rent). Comparing that to where I live in England is about £3 - 4 per week (cost of living is ridiculous in Cyprus).

    Having said that, I'll probably be getting a job when I get to Uni. Just for the extra cash.
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    Lots of people at university get part-time work to tide them over for funds. Often it’s with the actual university, whether it be in some sort of clerical or administration role, or working for the union in some form or another, but many do get jobs outside of the university (especially in the second year) at local shops or bars or wherever.

    Do you need one? Only you can decide this. That said, it shouldn’t affect your work too much considering many have them and are still able to get Firsts and so on. It’s all about having good time-management and being reasonable about your capabilities between work and education.

    Personally, I won’t be getting one. My parents have pretty much put their foot down. That said, in the first year, I’m more than glad to not have to get one so I can settle in more easily and concentrate on societies and studying (unfortunately it’s what we’re there for! :p: ).
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    (Original post by Fartlek)
    However, there are grants and bursaries, and the average grant for students last year was around £1000. So that'd be around £44 per week with the Loan.
    Not many are entitled to this. In fact, no one I actually know is. Plus, being on TSR, more here won't even be.
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    Nearly everyone is entitled to some level of grant. The Maintenance Grant, for example, is available to students whose household income is up to £60,005 pa (last year). Granted, that grant was only for £50 at that band of income, but I know nobody whose parents earn more than that.
    And the £1000 figure was straight from DirectGov themselves and was stated as being determined as the average grant for ALL students starting full-time courses, not of those who were entitled to a grant.
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    (Original post by Katieloula)
    Lmao, yes. Did someone just actually ask this? Jesus it's unbelieveable how many spoilt rich kids there are out there. I couldn't afford NOT to work, guess I'll just have to miss out on those "socialising oppurtunities." Lol, a part time job can be as little as just saturdays?
    I know, I'm so amazed!

    Yesterday I was chatting to a classmate, and was like 'oh I have to go to work now, see you later'. And she goes to me 'work? Do you actually work during term time'

    :rolleyes:

    I live in Australia so we started this week

    We get a break in September yay!
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    (Original post by Katieloula)
    P.S every single person who I know who goes to Uni works an avg of 20 hrs a week! They seem to have plenty of friends!
    Cool I feel a lot better now

    I was worried about my work hours, because I'm a full-time student doing 4 modules - atm I'm working 14 hours a week, but it'll get reduced to 7 during exam time. I asked my boss about this and she agreed which was nice of her.
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    (Original post by Katieloula)
    No, not unreasonable, but its pretty much common knowledge that the vast amount of uni students have p/t jobs throughout the year.
    Don't worry Katieloula, I completely back your posts here - I can't agree more.
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    (Original post by Katieloula)
    Lmao, yes. Did someone just actually ask this? Jesus it's unbelieveable how many spoilt rich kids there are out there. I couldn't afford NOT to work, guess I'll just have to miss out on those "socialising oppurtunities." Lol, a part time job can be as little as just saturdays?
    Is it actually spoilt little rich kids or extremely clever, caring parents. My parents put away a couple of pound a week and allowed me to have a comfortable university life. Of course, I am working through the summer to earn a little more, but dont assume just because people dont work that they were getting everything paid for. Its called saving!
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    Not many people here have jobs in their first year, I know I didn't, but in second year the majority of people I'm friends with had a part-time job.
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    (Original post by Fartlek)
    Nearly everyone is entitled to some level of grant. The Maintenance Grant, for example, is available to students whose household income is up to £60,005 pa (last year). Granted, that grant was only for £50 at that band of income, but I know nobody whose parents earn more than that.
    And the £1000 figure was straight from DirectGov themselves and was stated as being determined as the average grant for ALL students starting full-time courses, not of those who were entitled to a grant.
    This isn't everyone though - as you mentioned.
    And before some starts, none of the people I know who don't get grants - including myself - have everything paid for by Mummy and Daddy.
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    (Original post by Surfers_Paradise*09*)
    Is it actually spoilt little rich kids or extremely clever, caring parents. My parents put away a couple of pound a week and allowed me to have a comfortable university life. Of course, I am working through the summer to earn a little more, but dont assume just because people dont work that they were getting everything paid for. Its called saving!
    Saving by your parents, so obviously they're earning enough to be ABLE to save. Mine are not, neither are they uncaring, bit of a generalisation isn't it? Because my parents are working class, it means they're uncaring, um no, there is no correlation between the two.
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    Hello, working class here! I said a couple of pound, not thousand pound a week.
    Wasn't 'spoilt little rich kids' a generalisation too?
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    I've just finished my first year and I was the only person that I knew of that had a part time job (10.5 p/w). Although I do have a different situation to most people living at uni. I commute everyday (£211 a month for a monthly train ticket), give my dad rent money and own a car so realistically it's not feasible for me to not work.
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    You commute on the train and own a car? Why?
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    Because I'm not going to drive 30 miles a day to get there and then have to pay both petrol and parking money when I get to uni. It's cheaper to use the train plus if I was driving 60 miles per day, it would cause a lot of wear and tear on my car. Also I use my car for other things than uni such as getting to work.
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    (Original post by Katieloula)
    Probably because they're new to the area. Everyone I spoke to got a job in their uni area before they went to uni, or were already from the area and hence already had a job they stuck with. A friend of mine is going to Birmingham uni and shes managed to get herself a job in time for sept.
    How did your friend do that? (I'm going to brum too this sept and will probs need a job).
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    (Original post by Rainygal)
    This isn't everyone though - as you mentioned.
    And before some starts, none of the people I know who don't get grants - including myself - have everything paid for by Mummy and Daddy.
    Same here - I don't get any grant and most people I know don't get any either and I definitely dont get everything paid for. It's funny that some people think that the relatively small group of people they know are the norm and expect basically everybody else to be entitled to government handouts because they are. The government does not pander to us all!
 
 
 
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