Now if you’re thinking about coming to University of Leicester in the autumn, you might be moving away from home for the first time, or like me, you might already live independently. I include myself because even those of us who are old hands at the old self sufficiency still fall into the many giant potholes that being a student offers.
I’m talking about money, we all hate it and wish it didn’t exist but at the same want an unlimited supply of it. I knew when I accepted my offer to come to UoL that my days of sitting on my pile of gold like a fairytale goblin were over but I don’t think even I, the perpetual pessimist, fully understood how broke I was going to be.
It was only when I went to the Student Welfare Office to chase up a scholarship I had applied for, that I discovered exactly why things had been so tight. After taking a quick look over my student loans documents and a few other bits, it was revealed to me (tah-dah!) that not only had student loans had drastically underpaid me by thousands of pounds, but I was entitled to several grants and bursaries from the University that I didn’t know existed.
I filled in some forms, the lovely staff made some phone calls and who knows, the gas bill might actually get paid on time this month. Happy days indeed.
Now if you’re just getting started with Student Finance, good luck to you and prepare for the biggest pain in the behind you are likely to experience. It is stressful, it takes ages and at more than one point you will become convinced they have singled you out as an experiment in just how much a person can take before they spontaneously self-combust. But stick with it, you will get through it and ultimately it will be fine!
And if you need help, be it financial, childcare, immigration or housing don’t hesitate to go to the Welfare Office in the Percy Gee buliding for help and advice, I seriously cannot recommend them enough. You go Glen Coco!