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Unread 6 Aug 17, 11:16 PM  
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My son has about 75 a week. He's worked over the summer and has a few thousand in a help to buy ISA. He is hoping not to touch that thou. His accommodation is all paid for and his parking space. He paid out his car insurance in one go in April so no need to pay that. He has his mobile bill 25 a month to pay and then just food washing petrol and socialising. 75 should be more than enough. We will buy him bits of shopping when we see him. He's going to look for a job to help top up his savings and to buy Christmas presents etc. He has the option to return to his job next summer as well
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Unread 6 Aug 17, 11:19 PM  
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I don't have kids but my brother paid for my nieces digs and mobile and also transferred 80 a week for her. That was 3yrs ago now though.
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DD gets 25 per week for food and an online shop every 3 weeks which costs us about 45. She's managed fine for her first year, she tutors online and will use that money for next year as she has taken out a smaller maintenance loan.
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If he has 107 a week for just living (not on accommodations ect.) he better off then most, I would cover anything more to be honest m, except for a good food shop at the start of term and helping with a few loads of washing. I have friends who had closer to 30 a week to live on self catering and survived very well from it.
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I had no idea people were giving their kids at uni money. I've just realised that I'm the meanest mum, my daughter has just finished her dance degree she was not in halls but shared accommodation in London in years 1 and 3. She lived at home during the second year. She travelled home every week during her first year to work in Sainsbury's to pay her car, phone and expenses (she worked Friday evenings Saturdays and Sundays). At the end of second year she worked through the break for the local authority and saved to fund her third year, she was a cheerleader so needed extra funds. We helped her out with food at times and bought her cheer outfit but she had this as a Christmas present. She never ever asked for anything! She really is the best girl, all graduated now. My sons off to uni in September, not sure how it will pan out for him.
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Unread 7 Aug 17, 02:46 AM  
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No you're not. I went back to uni three years ago to top up a qualification and most of the students (including the 18 year olds) worked.

Contact time (required attendance for lectures and tutorials) for non lab based degrees nationwide is an average of 12 hours, obviously there's independent study time in addition but plenty of time for work too.
Some of the students worked delivering food, pizzas etc , my best friend's son is a (push) bike deliveroo rider, some work in shops, others work on campus doing admin, food service etc. They still have active social lives too.

Interestingly the students who work part time actually get a higher proportion of firsts, presumably because they have better work ethic and time management skills.

Just another perspective...

As for needing a parking space , a lot of students don't bother. They live close to campus and with overpriced campus parking (if you can get it often you can't but have to join a waiting list) tax and insurance a lot SORN their cars as they don't actually need it. Means you don't have to worry about drink driving too.

I think though the mindset may be in the thread title . An 18 year old isn't or shouldn't be a child but a young adult starting out , great to help out if they struggle but part of uni is learning self sufficiency and budgeting , if they don't learn at uni it's far harder when they are older. Isn't there merit in offering less to start with and seeing how they manage?
My friend's son at Bristol was the only one without a financial cushion. The others in his halls flat all came from wealthy families , they'd be out drinking 7 nights a week , he'd be more picky and maybe just go out twice a week, he did far better than them academically and it didn't affect his friendships at all. His brother also went away to study and had the same experience (minus the trust fund flatmates).

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Originally Posted by duchy View Post
Contact time (required attendance for lectures and tutorials) for non lab based degrees nationwide is an average of 12 hours, obviously there's independent study time in addition but plenty of time for work too.


Interestingly the students who work part time actually get a higher proportion of firsts, presumably because they have better work ethic and time management skills.

Just another perspective...

As for needing a parking space , a lot of students don't bother.
I'm assuming you haven't read all my posts? My son does work. He will continue to work. Neither I nor him have any mindset difficulties about work. He needs a parking space at Halls so he can commute weekends and continue to work.

As for more time to work you've made an incorrect assumption. His contact time in lectures per week is 30 before private study and when he's on placement those are 37 hours per week, plus preparation, plus travel.
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