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    Hey, today I received my student finance results, and I didn't realise I'd only be entitled to £2324 maintenance loan because I get a NHS bursary... and thats it.

    I've worked out, what I expect to get from my NHS bursary will pay for my accommodation, with a tiny little bit left over.

    So that leaves me with £2324 to live off, which is £40 a week...

    My parents cannot afford to support me, they are on a low income. I really don't think the student finance system is fair!
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    That's not too bad. You won't be able to go out too much, but you'll be able to live.
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    £40 a week. From your post Im assuming thats AFTER rent.

    If it is after then thats pretty easy to be honest. I manage fine on about £20 most weeks.
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    10p noodles.
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    Does your accommodation include food? If it does then that's loads!

    If it's not then I guess depending on how picky you are with regards to food you can live on about 25-30 quid a week I think. Doesn't leave to much for recreational activities though like going out etc.
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    £40 a week can be plenty, unless you burn money.
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    Do you have a job too?? if not thats pretty rubbish.. x
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    well, im doing an NHS course (nursing/midwifery), in 2010, and I don't get a bursary because my parents earn too much. So I have to live completely off that £2500 loan and thats it. Your lucky because I think you have normal holidays like other students? So you can have a holiday job. My years will be 45 weeks a year though, leaving no time for a job in the holidays.

    An awful lot of people are into the minus after paying only for their accomomodation, so £40 a week should be fine, especially if you get a job, even like 8 hrs a week like a saturday at a supermarket will bring your money up to a total of about £90 a week!
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    I lived quite well on £40ish a week. You'll be fine!
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    I currently blow about £250 a week. I'm gonna have a reality check IF I get into uni lol.
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    I know someone who lived £4 a week; we liked drinking, a lot. If you know what to buy, it's easy.

    Also, if you're studying in england, you can get an overdraft of £3,000 a year.
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    my maintenance loand just covers my accomodation! Count yourself lucky you have £40 spare each week, if you get a part time job of only a few hours a week, like 1 long bar shift a week you will be laughing!
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    Even if you were at University all year, that figure would be closer to £45 p/w. If you're at home with parents during the holidays, you'll only be at uni for around 37 weeks, giving you over £60 p/w.
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    £40 is plenty. Buy cheap food, supermarket own brands and stuff. I'll probably have less than that, but I'm going to get a job for to give me some extra money for going out.
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    (Original post by ToastyCoke)
    I know someone who lived £4 a week; we liked drinking, a lot. If you know what to buy, it's easy.
    I lived on £5-10 without drinking; and even I say job well done to that!
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    (Original post by cpj1987)
    I lived on £5-10 without drinking; and even I say job well done to that!
    Well I think he had about £42-ish a week to live off. But he would only buy 10p noodles, and buy a few bottles of 17pence cola. The rest went on 2-3 bottles of tesco own brand vodka and drinks when we were out.
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    Just dont piss your money away on booze etc... Get cheap crap from Tesco or something
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    (Original post by ToastyCoke)
    Well I think he had about £42-ish a week to live off. But he would only buy 10p noodles, and buy a few bottles of 17pence cola. The rest went on 2-3 bottles of tesco own brand vodka and drinks when we were out.
    As I say, incredible. I could probably have spent up to, meh, £250+ a week? I'm overly organised with my money though (not so much now, but at university especially) and even I couldn't get down that cheap. I think I'd have died eating noodles all the time; oh, and I didn't like cola whilst at university either. :p:
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    (Original post by cpj1987)
    I lived on £5-10 without drinking; and even I say job well done to that!
    :rolleyes:
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    Theoretically it is possible to live off of £40 a week in first year, as you've not got as many bills to worry about and rent tends to be lower in halls than in 2nd and 3rd yr rented accommodation. At your freshers' fair, there will be at least one mobile phone company offering super cheap deals so you can probably get a contract for about £20 a month if you've not already got one, leaving you with £140 for the month. If you spend wisely on food by only buying what you need rather than what you want, stocking up on frozen veg, other foods that lasts well, things from supermarket Value ranges etc etc, you can keep your food budget down to about £20 a week. That leaves you with £60 on nights out/general socialising during the month. I don't know what the student nightlife's like in Plymouth, but I'm sure you can have at least one decent night out a week on that. If you're really that worried that you need more to survive, as I know I was when I studied, get a part-time job to tide you over during term times and work full-time over your summer hols. If you're doing an NHS type course (you mentioned the bursary), maybe look into fitting in some work with NHS Professionals around your studies as that'll be more helpful to your eventual career than the usual shop/bar work students do.
 
 
 
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