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like in a 1 bedroom flat/studio?
i'll be honest, it was great
if you do you should automatically get the maximum amount in loans/grants no questions asked, which comes to about £6600 a year (about £550pm), although it'll be paid out in three irregular chunks (I get mine in mid September, early January, mid March) rather than on any sane regular scheme that might aid in budgetting.
it depends on where you're looking at going obviously, but in a lot of the country you'll struggle to live just on that, especially if you want to fly solo.
Think I can only get three something grand though? Judging by those student finance calculators anyway
i just ran through it and if you put in an income of £0 (which is correct, as a mature student) i get
£9,000 Tuition Fee Loan
£3,862 Maintenance Loan (for living costs)
£3,387 Maintenance Grant (for living costs)
the first one obviously goes straight to the university, the latter two are what you live on. that's actually more than i got this year, dunno if they're increasing it next year or what.
Weird, why do they give you a grant mitchell as well?
Not in my 1st and 2nd year though tbh those were great
I found a small one-bed flat at the top end of my price range but I'm at the point where I need to be reducing my outgoings so I have to go to work less.
(I appreciate you keep saying you're really shy but I'm not sure I'd advise it if you're moving to a totally new place)
When I did my postgrad in Glasgow I lived in a private ensuite room that had its own living area, with a shared kitchen (which was shared with two other rooms.) It was about £375 a month but included bills. This was about 11 years ago I think. It was one of those special Unite student blocks that was built for purpose. there was an onsite cafe and bar/ recreation roon with pool table which I naturally avoided. Just like really posh privately operated halls, I guess. Guy in the room next to mine was a stoner cunt and when he nearly ruined my life with his late night reggae and I had to cause some major fuss, he apologised with a box of mint matchmakers. I HATE chocolate and mint. Cunt.
I'd have loved to have lived alone but I don't think I would have been able to afford to stay anywhere that wasn't a total dive.
It's the best way to live if you can afford it, but you've got to push yourself to go out and see people and do things. It's far too easy to find you've gone four days without seeing another person if you've got a deadline you're working to or something.
I did in my third year, to be honest it was very bleak, even if you dont have much contact with people you live with it is nice to know that they are there
but if they weren't there they wouldn't be stealing my cheese or blocking up the shower with their hair
the whole living on your own thing is the fucking best.
gets a bit lonely though. if you're moving somewhere where you dont know anyone i'd probably just suck it up and live with people if i were you, dunno though.
not that mad but a little bit
I live with parents at the moment but have zero social life and never leave the house so I reckon I could handle it anyway although I know it's still different
you just need to make sure you eat well and not just sack off cooking stuff cos you'd rather play total war (or equivalent), and make sure you keep proper sociable hours. If you have that sort of self-discipline it'll be fine. Also you get to pick up BIRDS (women) and shag them without social embarrassment.
Not even that expensive in my experience. Went from paying £65 a week rent in a 6-bed in sheffield to £75 for a 1 bed flat, good size and everything.
isn't the main bump in expense in bills though??? i was thinking of doing this next year but i presumed that not splitting gas/internet/electricity would be a killer
cant remember how much it was including bills sorry. internet is like £5 or something with plusnet though so that's nothing. dont reckon its all that worse tbh
If you're on your own you're only paying for what you use. If you have a flat with a few others it's quite possible there's always someone in, so everything ends up always on.
It basically makes it much easier to control the cost of your bills.
my last place, i used to do uni work at the library. one of my flatmates did hers at home, which meant she had the heating on constantly for about five months straight.
the only real difference i guess would be internet.
it'd work out slightly cheaper than a bedsit and you can get a microwave/small fridge for pretty cheap if you genuinely can't be arsed going into the kitchen.
The university will let social freaks stay after 1st year aswell to keep an eye on them. As they dont want a student going mental ripping fingernails of prostitutes to make soup and dragging their reputation through the mud.
it's about a million pounds a week to live in halls and they're horrible and you're surrounded by rugby players, though
it's about a million pounds a week to live on your own and they're horrible and you're surrounded by office workers, though