BA’s, books and bartending

Sometimes it’s difficult to live off of a student loan alone.

Being a student is difficult enough. The stress of deadlines, the pressure to try and ‘fit in’ and make new friends and often a complete change of scenery.

You’re no longer in the comfort of your parents’ home, the fridge is empty and you’re down to your last few quid. So what can you do about it?

Hayley Frater, 21, Rochdale is studying a creative writing degree in Leeds and is in her final year of her studies. Over the past year and a half, Frater has worked as a bartender in one of Leeds’s alternative nightclubs. The days are long. The nights are longer. But Frater has been able to keep herself afloat and live a comfortable life whilst studying.

Frater finds the fast pace of working in a bar alongside the dedication needed for a degree struggling at times, but with her job she has managed to save money to use to enhance her experience in Leeds.

Frater finds the fast pace of working in a bar alongside the dedication needed for a degree struggling at times, but with her job she has managed to save money to use to enhance her experience in Leeds.

“Don’t get me wrong, it does get really difficult sometimes. Especially when I’ve got a full day at university and then I have to work a night shift.” explains Frater “Sometimes I don’t get much rest and working late wreaks havoc on my sleeping pattern, but I’ve been able to save money up after rent is paid and all the other menial stuff like food shops and travel… I have a bit left to enjoy my days off with.”

Though she only works part time whilst studying, she admits that it does take a lot of effort to manage university, work and downtime all at once. “I don’t often get a day where I have completely nothing going on. I’m either working, at uni, or both. But when I do catch the odd free day I grab it with both hands.”

By Harley Young

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This article was produced by a student or students on the BA in Journalism at Leeds Beckett University.

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