How to Survive as a Student (Clue: You Can’t)


I write this moan today after receiving my student maintenance loan this morning: £1602.15. This is expected to last me until April, giving me £400.53 to cover living costs (housing, travel and food). ER HELLO. I also read this article from the Telegraph the other day with a headline stating that ‘Nearly a third of students waste their student loans on shopping sprees, drinking and gym memberships‘. And so my first question as a response to this is HOW THE FLIP CAN THEY DO THAT????????????????????????????????!

So this is my current situation, I’m a final year student studying in London. I’m not from London and don’t want to (or can, really) rely on my parents for extra financial help so I work. I have my blog, this, that gives me a tiny income occasionally and I’ve worked since I was 16 and try to work up to 21 hours a week to help. I’m lucky that I’ve worked for the same company for 5 years so they allow me to be flexible and even more lucky that I’m paid London Living Wage (£9.75) which is amazing. When I first moved to London I couldn’t afford to live in my University’s halls which was something crazy like £200 p/w so I moved into a house share in Stratford, East London. At this stage, it’s harder and harder to get a job when I graduate (particularly in the over saturated fashion industry which I know I chose to go into) therefore it’s a requirement that I intern. By intern I mean work for free – travel sometimes paid, lunch a rarity.

I’m in work 2/3 days a week, university 5/6 (10am-10pm days if I can), expected to intern combined with a sweet dose of rising living costs and this shrinking maintenance loan. I graduate with a comfortable £45k debt and a lot of uncertainty. I dunno, maybe everyone else is doing just fine and it could just be me but with all these articles going round I just wanted to let everyone know that it’s shitty over here and the real shit (post graduating) hasn’t even started yet. I know the education system is corrupt, but really?

Yours sincerely,

A really struggling third year

(I also recognise that in the grand scheme of things happening in the world my problems are nothing at all and that I should recognise my privilege that I’m allowed to gain further education….but still guys)

now playing: bad day daniel powter lmao


  1. Mikela Zschieschenek 10th January 2017 / 7:25 pm

    I totally understand you here! I also did a fashion degree which yep pretty requires interning to get you anywhere, however was also in the same boat except I did do the student halls thing. I got round it by not sleeping and working all the night shifts in bar work so I could go to lectures and then the days with zero lectures intern. And try to find an hours nap in-between. It was hard and post graduate is even worse. Even with intern experience Im stuck as now a graduate role which is pretty much intern but with slight pay an 37K debt. I had flatmates who literally wasted all their loan and I still don’t know how they afforded. Im not even sure what Im saying apart from I completely relate to you and you do have a right to moan about it because theres just truly some parts to this experience and industry that suck x

  2. Eloise 10th January 2017 / 7:51 pm

    Oh god I can relate to this. A lot of my friends received maintenence grants which they didn’t have to pay back, AND their parents helped them out. I ended up working part (basically full) time just to get through uni – and I’m still paying back the debt ten years later – we probs will be till we’re 90! x

  3. josselyn alba 12th January 2017 / 1:21 am

    totally get this. it’s my second year in college and i’m already indebted to my school. i also definitely don’t want to rely on my parents so i also have to work (5 days a week, with school 5 days a week). being a student sucks, but i guess we’re getting education…right (screams internally)?????

  4. 5ft Life 16th January 2017 / 2:34 pm

    But thats the thing, you are saying you are lucky to get this education. But its still even more privileged people than you who are, realistically, going to be fine! The education system is pushing more and more people onto relying on their parents, and as you said, not everyone can do this! I really feel as if education will become an elitist thing again… Good luck with everything, keep your chin up you are a little work bee!

    Hayley xx

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