The cost of education

No one doubts that education is a worthwhile investment. The difficulty is financing it without having a nervous breakdown. The government student loans can only go so far with high rents and living costs – the cost of education is just too high. Most students will already know that rent is usually higher than the maintenance loan, and this maintenance loan can drop significantly in your final year. Postgraduate students are not entitled to these loans either. For those who are able to do so, parents are normally the first source of financial support for students. But parents are not…

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A Doorstop Guide to Fresher’s Week

Fresher’s week can be a fun time – there are a lot of events happening such as bar crawls, student lock-ins and other mayhem. But these sorts of events cost money, so here’s guide to Fresher’s week and what not to do and hopefully you’ll pick up a few tips on how to manage your cash during your whole year.   1.  When it comes to booze If you live in halls in an area full of other students, you’re more than likely to receive lots of leaflets advertising events that nightclubs are holding. Yes go to a few but…

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How to budget your Student Loan

Managing your money and making your student loan last for a whole term can be extremely hard. Spending money wisely isn’t the easiest things to do- it simply come downs to what you want vs. what you need. The first loan in September is especially hard. You’ve been skint all summer and are counting down the days till the money appears in your account. Not only is there an endless list of things you want, but there’s also fresher’s week to think about. If you’re excited for fresher’s week and plan on hitting it hard, then saving some money from…

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How to get stuff for free!

As students we all clamour over anything that’s free, and I mean absolutely anything. My latest freebie was a pair of knickers, yes you read that correctly, knickers. Now you might be wondering why in my right mind would I want them?! Well these weren’t your average pair of knickers. They were brand new, no-VPL, La Senza knickers! Obviously way too good to turn down, even when faced with the dirty looks of passers-by. Although this was a great freebie for me, I wouldn’t advise hanging around high streets hoping for free stuff on a daily basis, as there are much better and more…

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The good and not so good student jobs

We’re all very familiar with the financial pitfalls of being a student these days – soaring tuition fees, mounting utility bills, pricey ‘compulsory’ textbooks, expensive train fares and the endless nights out and shopping trips – oops. It’s a lot to pay for on a student budget, even with the help of a student loan, as more often than not they just don’t quite stretch far enough. So, short of living in our overdrafts (not advisable!), what can we do? A lot of students end up getting part-time jobs during term time, and there are definitely a lot of bonuses…

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