I'm no longer a student and in a well-paid, full-time job. Excluding rent & utility bills, my boyfriend and I live on probably nearer £20 per week, for the two of us! I cook a proper meal every evening using fresh ingredients and we both take packed lunches to work. This isn't because of a lack of money, but rather because I'd rather save money for something important like a house than drink it away. So £40 a week for one person should be more than enough and I don't think you should be complaining about the student finance system.
You may have heard of these things called jobs. Students can get jobs and work 'part time', this is working with hours around your Uni studies. Part time jobs allow one to top up their income. Some part time jobs pay very well, others don't. Sometimes part time jobs are hard to come by, but looking is a start. A part time job is found by handing out CVs or filling in job application forms from store such as Next. Next is a clothes shop for you information.
So, we have learnt, £40, plus income from a part time job is good.
Now we can move further. There are these things called 'banks', banks have 'overdrafts'. A student bank account usually has 0% interest for a few years. So you can borrow money from them and return it when you need to.
I don’t get normal holidays, I also have 45 weeks a year because my course is normally taught in 4 years, but my university teach it in 3 years. So it’s very intense apparently!
To be honest I’m not that fussed about drinking, I kinda feel like I’ve grown out of blowing all my money on alcohol and getting wasted and can quite happily not drink all together.
To Jelly Bean Jen – that’s actually a really good idea, my university is right next to Derriford (the big hospital in Plymouth) so I could get a job there, even if it is cleaning!
Becs in Bath – that’s really good! I’m hoping to move in with my boyfriend and his brother in my second and third year so I suppose cooking for 3 might be a little more cost effective (as food won’t have to last as long).
Terry W – I’ve had the same part time job since I was 14, so don’t lecture me on how to get one thanks :P I work very very very hard for my money!!
10p tesco value noodles.
Godsend, I swear.
As for the rest, no clue.
Well I've just left S6 and I spent the second half of the year on £10 a week and £5 a week for a couple of years before That I didn't drink much but got by pretty well. Had a decent social life anyway so I wouldn't be worrying about only £40 a week even if thats for food as well.
£40 is easy. not including rent
£5 on the lecy metre
£2.60 a week virgin media
£3.25 a week water
£3.25 a week water
£20 for 2 nights out and 1 night in.
however yes, overdraft, job if you are friends with your digestive systems.