By Aneesa Anwar
Financially, university life can be difficult for students. With high rents to pay, food to buy, laundry to do and the cost of socialising, money is often tight regardless of how much your student loan is.
For Kingston students it’s even more difficult as we live in one of the most expensive areas in the country. Sometimes student loans barely even cover living costs.
Many students at Kingston work part time jobs to keep up with the financial demands of living in the most expensive city in the UK.
However it is not always easy to juggle your university work with your part time job.
We’ve compiled a list of five things that will help you manage your jobs and your studies without stressing.
- Make sure you aren’t working to many hours.
Working extra time often means a bigger pay check at the end of the month which can be appealing. However working too many hours can leave you feeling tired and unmotivated when it comes to university work. Make sure you are working a maximum of 10-15 hours a week to insure you are keeping up with all your uni work. The results will pay off in the long term!
- Plan ahead
When you know you will be working over weekends or late night shifts make sure you plan ahead and get all your work done for the week or the day to make sure you don’t miss any assignment deadlines. That way you will be able to work without the stress of uni hanging over your head.
- Cook meals in advance
After a full day of work or uni the last thing you want to do is come home and cook. Instead of resorting to unhealthy meals or takeaways, cook meals in advance on your days off and freeze them. This way you will be able to heat up meals quickly and with minimal effort whilst still eating healthy.
- Avoid working too many late shifts
Late shifts sometimes pay more and can often be very appealing to a struggling student. However late night shifts, especially on uni nights, can often lead to you being exhausted and unmotivated to go to uni and complete assignments. Keeping night shifts to a minimum will allow you to get the sleep you need and have enough energy to keep up with both work and studying.
- Don’t forget to socialise
Working and studying usually leaves you with little time to do anything else. It is important to maintain a healthy social life and see friends and family. Having one or two days off a week is recommended for you to balance all three aspects of your life whilst also living comfortably, getting all your studying done and getting the full university experience.