The Great Student Balancing Act – Study, Work and Play

It’s tricky being a student these days. Not only is it hard getting accepted at your first choice university, that’s really only the beginning. For many students, taking a degree course is a ticket to career success and as such is vitally important to their future. It’s a high stakes game where failure isn’t really an option.

Many students find the cost of attending university a challenge and they seek additional support to help them with living expenses and studying in general. Finance in the form of a student loan is available to many, re-payable after your course is completed and you are earning a salary above a certain level. To find out the financial support to which you are entitled, have a look at the student finance section on the UK government’s website. There’s also a lot of information online at student-focused sites and higher education resources. Once you arrive at university or college there will be advisors on site with the expertise to help you with funding, grant, loan and benefit entitlement questions. If you really don’t know where to start, a chat with the knowledgeable people at your local Citizen’s Advice Bureau often yields positive and accurate feedback.

Living away from home in rental accommodation is expensive and can eat up a lot of your funds. To help make budgeting easier, many students choose housing that is all inclusive and specially configured for student living. For student accommodation Lincoln is one of the places geared up to support students in modern, communal apartments. With rental fees that include all bills and internet service and locations convenient for campus, the student accommodation Lincoln offers is some of the best in the country. Feel confident that your funds are spent on quality, secure accommodation that leaves you free to focus fully on your studies.

Let’s assume you have chosen a subject to study that really inspires you and fires you up. If you are studying at University of Lincoln it could be one of many subjects. On the syllabus you’ll find topics ranging from journalism to performing arts, media, physics, engineering, maths, social care, film, architecture, art and design – the list is pretty exhaustive. Naturally, you will want to devote a lot of time and energy to your course work – but if you don’t have enough money for day to day expenses, what are you going to do?

Getting a part-time job could be tempting and many students find it is the answer to ease their passage through the terms. A lot of jobs for students happen to be in the retail or catering sector and they can be quite high stress/low pay positions. Even though the extra money may be vital, it is important not be employed doing something all-consuming that distracts you from your studies. Some universities have special job services for students seeking paid roles.

Paying for accommodation and living expenses as well as tuition can be a financial strain, so many students take on extra paid work to help make ends meet. At Lincoln University the students union run a Jobs Shop with details of local vacancies suitable for students. With a range of full or part time positions in local businesses and even some jobs on campus, there’s a good chance of finding suitable paid employment you can fit around your studies. The Jobs Shop at Lincoln offers information and guidance on CV creation, interview advice, help with tax and pay matters and a whole host of extra support to help focus your job search. It may be possible to find full time employment that pays well and can slot into holiday periods – this type of scheduling impacts far less on your study during term time.

Ambitious students who want to get stellar grades usually prioritise studies over job, with partying coming a sorry third. However, the average student tends to cut things a little differently, usually sharing out the honours more equally, with perhaps a bias towards partying over revision. The secret is to get a formula that works for you that is manageable and moderate in every sector. Overdoing the study is stressful, overdoing the job is tiring, overdoing the partying is fun…but unsustainable. Bear all this in mind and think carefully about how you line up all the ducks so that they quack in fabulous harmony.

Getting the balance right between study, work and play isn’t easy but with a little organisation, discipline and hard work, it’s still possible to make your student days some of the happiest in your life…