Hi guys, hope you’re all doing well are enjoying this amazing weather we are all having…
I’m super busy with work at the moment, the Doctor Who project is progressing well, i’ve just spent all weekend in the Green Screen Studio filming the interior Tardis scenes (Still need to do a few as I missed some…), but it’s looking good:
Money and Bursaries
I thought I would talk to you about money this week as it can be quite a tricky thing to get right, especially if you don’t/won’t get much of a loan like myself.
Bursaries are really really handy things to have if you get one, the University often has many Bursaries available to students across each campus, offering different things for certain areas of study. When I was applying for USW (Glamorgan University at the time) I was lucky enough to get a Stem Bursary, this entitled me to £1,500 every year of my course. I was only eligible for this because I had a high amount of UCAS points, I think I had to have 320 points. They have changed slightly since I started Uni to have a look and see what you might be eligible for here: Bursaries/Scholarships
Managing what money you have from your loan can be tricky but having two bank accounts can make this a lot easier. I started University with a Student account and a regular cash-card. This allowed me to put what money I had (which wasn’t a lot to start with) all into one account. I worked out how much I had to live on each week and set up a weekly transfer with that amount. It’s easier said than done when you have to go out socialising, get new things and pay bills but it has worked very well for me so far, and I still have a positive bank balance.
Look around when you’re getting your student accounts though, as some give you really good benefits for going with them, sometimes even free money! I would recommend a small student overdraft as you might find loans are late and bills need to be paid before it arrives!
I hope that helps a little.