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Heading off to university is exciting – and expensive.
Universities in England can charge tuition fees of £9,250 a year, while the average student’s living costs come to £770 a month, according to website Save the Student.
Apart from tuition, the main costs are:
But there are ways you can keep those costs down and manage your money better, as we highlight below…
Student loans are now split into two parts:
Undergraduates can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the full cost of their course at a publicly funded institution.
This means the maximum amount available is £9,250 per academic year.
You only generally start repaying these loans, along with any maintenance loans you have taken out, once you’ve completed your studies and are earning above a certain amount.
Maintenance loans are designed to help cover students’ living costs.
The amount available depends on the student’s family’s household income, and on where they live.
The maximum amounts available for the 2019-20 academic year are £7,529 if you live at home, £8,944 if you live away from home outside London, and £11,672 if you live away from home in London.
A student bank account can be a useful financial tool.
It’s usually a good idea to choose an account with a competitive overdraft, but you may also want to consider whether you can earn interest on your student maintenance loan, and freebies such as a young person’s railcard.
Many banks offer student credit cards as well as student accounts. Some come with enticing rewards such as cashback on your spending.
But think very carefully before using one of these.
If you don’t pay back the balance in full each month, the amount of interest you will pay will far outweigh the benefits. So unless you can afford to clear the balance each month, credit cards are best avoided while you are studying.
Contents insurance will make sure your belongings are protected against theft or fire while you are living away from home.
It’s worth checking your parents’ home insurance policy before you buy your own, as this may provide cover under the “temporarily removed from the home” section.
If this is not the case, specialist insurers such as Endsleigh are another option.
Either way, make sure you always lock your bedroom door as so-called “walk-in theft” is generally not covered as standard.
There are lots of different types of student accommodation.
Most first year university students live in Halls of Residence where they pay a fixed rent that includes bills and sometimes meals.
Others live in shared houses or flats.
Top tips for harmonious living in shared accommodation include:
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