One Mad Student

Love my student life, many lols and much much drinking. Nottingham is great city and i love to party

My Mums post about me leaving for UNI

If your child (no longer a child but very nearly an independent adult!) has gone to University, this in itself takes some getting used to. For 18 or 19 years you have had a house full ranging from nappies and toddler tantrums to mascara and teenage tantrums. Now that your house is quiet and you have a thousand times less washing to do (until they turn up once a month with a car boot full) you can breathe a sigh of relief. Or maybe not?

So when they first left home they went into student halls. This was not too bad as there were clear cut finances; you knew they were surrounded on a uni campus where strange and potentially dangerous figures did not frequent the halls quite as often. Now though, their fresher year is up and they are moving on into student housing!

Eeek! This is a completely new sort of terror. Not only do you have to worry about their new surroundings, the good (and sadly bad) influences they surround themselves with, the food they are (or possibly are not) eating, the amount they are drinking etc etc but you also have to worry about their credit rating and the fact that they have real bills to pay. The sort of bills you have been paying your whole life and understand the importance of entirely. But did you do enough? Did you spend enough time teaching them about electricity bills and water rates and managing finances? Did you teach them that food is more important than alcohol? Did you teach them how to cook sufficiently to keep them self alive? This is a whole new world of worry!

So how can you support them at this difficult stage of reaching independence without overshadowing them and stopping them from learning through mistakes? Well it is important that our children follow their own path and learn by mistakes, but we don’t want those mistakes to include creating a bad credit rating for their future if we can help it!

At this stage, it would be ideal to sit down and offer your support – and guidance for this transition. Find out what your child is planning and what they have done so far? Have they viewed properties? Have they considered a budget? Contacted any lettings agencies? If they have not considered a budget, it would be wise to encourage them to do so before moving any further. If they have arranged flatmates already (this is likely one of their priorities and one of the first things they will do) then you will know how many people you are looking to house and therefore what size property you are considering. Once looking into budgetary restrictions and considering how much each student can afford you will then have an idea of what sort of property they will be able to live in. You need to ensure they are aware of this process and what they need to do prior to making any commitments. Discuss any financial failings you have had in your past – show them that mistakes happen and explain how hard they can be. Talk about living on beans on toast!!

Let your child know that you want them to have fun at uni and without a disposable income they will not have much opportunity to join in with others going out and partying. Talk about your support and financially what they can expect from you. Be honest about ongoing support – if you are going to do a shop online for them each month, tell them now so that they can manage their finances accordingly. If you start doing a shop each month for them and then stop, this can be devastating to them as they will suddenly have to find this cash that you had previously stumped up. It would be far better to surprise them with the odd shop when they are financially really struggling than to leave them starving when you can’t afford to support them!

If they are happy, go with them to lettings agents so you can discuss your concerns and be reassured together. You are not the first parent with these concerns and you will most certainly not be the last!

Accommodation on Nottingham UNI campus.

Hostel rooms on college campus.

Once you study abroad, you need accommodation. Accommodations for students must be protected and secure. Students cannot afford highly-priced accommodations. Individuals are normally looking for economical areas to keep. It is highly-priced to live within the United Kingdom and therefore you must look for cheaper lodging. Most of us want accommodations which can be very affordable. If you have income, you can afford to stay in expensive private houses. Students can not afford to commit a whole lot on lodgings. Students do not locate it very easy to make ends meet in the UK. The United Kingdom delivers several low cost places to stay for the student populace. Have you ever tried sharing accommodation with mates? You may even attempt a youth hostel for living quarters within the United Kingdom. In the event you are prepared to share rooms, there are actually dormitories which might be offered for students. There are hostels within the United Kingdom that cater to the student population. There is a wide range of accommodation to match just about every pocket. You can pick out to live with a regional family. This notion of residing with households may be very hassle-free and very easy. It is actually handy to reside with other households as you might have the convenience of bed in addition to breakfast. The countryside of the UK gives more affordable accommodations. Students would acquire big cities similar to London to be each and every expensive. Cities including London and Manchester are high priced for students. More affordable rooms are quite good too. There can be some fine low cost accommodations also. You can find all types of rooms for students inside the United Kingdom. You will discover an abundance of student lodging however it could be smart to strategy ahead. Most students leave it until very late on the subject of lodgings. In current years, students have already been coming from numerous regions from the planet to study in the UK. Students from several parts in the globe really like to study in the United Kingdom. Studying inside the United Kingdom is much easier as English is spoken by men and women around the globe. You have to plan ahead because it is highly-priced to study within the United Kingdom. You’ll need a place to keep as soon as you land within the United Kingdom as a student. You are going to have to bear higher expenses in significant metropolitan cities. It is a hard process seeking for low-priced accommodations in the United Kingdom. In the event you want to study within the United Kingdom, you should have student visa. If you wish to perform, you may need to have a operate permit also. As a student, you can expect to have access to all the ideal that the United Kingdom has to deliver. Foreign students enjoy the wealthy history in the UK and delight in studying within the United Kingdom. You will discover some United Kingdom schools which are recognized internationally as amazing places of higher education. A degree inside a professional field can perform wonders for you personally. Universities just like Oxford and Cambridge are well known but one can find other good lesser-known colleges at the same time. Foreign students are normally in pursuit of admission from one with the reputed schools inside the United Kingdom. Individuals from various parts of the planet arrive as students in the United Kingdom. Folks who have already been in the UK understand what a wonderful chance it presents. You can search online for rooms for rent within the United Kingdom. Occasionally, student accommodation off campus could be a fantastic thought.

Cost of Living in Reading and Nottingham

Cost of Living in Reading

The University of Reading is ranked as one of the UK’s 10 most research-intensive universities and as one of the top 200 universities in the world. Reading is consistently one of the most popular higher education choices in the UK. Full- and part-time degree programmes cover the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences.

Costs of living in Reading will depend largely on your lifestyle and your student money budgets. Some students spend much more than others! Figures should be used as a guide and are based on local knowledge and NUS average figures on average student experience, you should contact your chosen university for more specific figures.

The following table lists the main costs a full-time 1st year undergraduate student is likely to meet. These figures are based on a student living in self-catering halls during term time.  Please remember that these are estimated costs and they will differ from one person to another and they are likely to rise during each academic year.

Many students move out of their hall of residence in the second year of their course, and move into shared private sector rented accommodation.  Moving into private sector accommodation may affect your student finances as you will now need to provide all your own meals, as well as being responsible for paying your own bills.

Area of expenditureCost per monthAccommodation£300-£500Food£150-£250Gas, electricity and waterIncluded in hall feeCouncil taxStudents are exempt from thisGeneral living costs/travel£200TOTAL COST£650-£950

Estimated Living Costs 2009/2010

The table above does not include any allowances for personal expenditure on:

  • TV license (if you have a television, you need a license, whether you live in a hall of residence, a rented property or at home)
  • Telephone
  • Birthday presents
  • Holidays
  • Medical costs (for example; contact lenses, prescriptions)
  • Luxury Items

Cost of Living in Nottingham


Nottingham is one of the UK’s most cosmopolitan cities: its compact centre combines proud history with a cutting-edge modern feel; from the world’s oldest pub to designer boutiques. Nottingham is a really good size for a city, there is a quality alternative to just about every main amenity meaning a good independent cinema, theatre and music and book shops that feel like an Aladdin’s cave for the pop culture vulture so your student money will go far.

When starting university it’s vital to budget effectively, not only including your educational costs, but the cost of living in Nottingham too. You should contact your university directly to enquire about tuition fee’s and other studying costs and additionally, the NUS website has useful information on typical university-related costs and money tips for students to help you plan.

The following table lists the main costs a full-time first-year undergraduate is likely to meet. These figures are based on a student living in a hall of residence and receiving three meals a day there during the 31 weeks of term time. Please remember that these are estimated costs and they will differ from one person to another and they are likely to rise during each academic year. The figures do not include the cost of accommodation, food or utilities outside term time. Unless otherwise indicated, these figures are based on information from the National Union of Students’ Welfare Unit.

Many students move out of their hall of residence in the second year of their course, and move into shared private sector rented accommodation. The University of Nottingham Accommodation Service can assist students in identifying quality accommodation, and offers free advice on housing. Moving into private sector accommodation may affect your student money budget as you will now need to provide all your own meals, as well as being responsible for paying your own bills.

Area of ExpenditureCost per academic yearAccommodation£4,300*Food (in addition to 3 meals a day)£800Gas, electricity and waterIncluded in hall feeCouncil TaxStudents are exempt from thisTravel£500Insurance£127Clothing£500Laundry£130TOTAL COST£6,357

*this ranges from £3,295 for a shared study bedroom in a catered hall to £5,362 for an individual en-suite bedroom. These fees are based on 09/10 academic year and will be subject to an inflationary increase for 10/11.

The table above does not include any allowances for personal expenditure on:

  • TV licence (if you have a television, you need a licence, whether you live in a hall of residence, a rented property or at home)
  • Telephone
  • Birthday presents
  • Holidays
  • Medical costs (for example, contact lenses)
  • Luxury items
  • Socialising