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Is university a credit crunch haven? Continued

Posted by allie1985 on October 29, 2008

While the whole country seems to be in a financial meltdown, some of the Students at Westminster University are still living the high life.

Why are they not affected?

 A few students have made no changes to their spending whatsoever, although it might be because they have jobs as well as loans to fund them.

 Students

 

Sophie Spurgon who is a 1st year studying for a BA Digital Imaging and receives a full loan of £6,475. She mainly uses her loan to pay for Driving Lessons; the rest is put into savings.

“The credit crunch hasn’t affected me at all, although working definitely helps me financially”. Sophie works in a Camera store and lives on campus. She spends her extra money on going out, and designer clothes. She has no plans to cut back.

2nd year, Cameron Tariq is studying computer science and  has a similar point of view “I haven’t been affect by the credit crunch as I don’t spend much anyway”.

He mainly spends money on “boying up” his car, and smoking. He thinks he has so much money because he does not drink.

Cameron works one day a week in Homebase and reckons “the extra £100 a month really helps”.

 

Spending

What students say about their spending seems to be confirmed by the university Upper Crust sandwich bar. According to Mary who works there, “Students always spend whether they have money or not. I have not noticed a difference in sales at all over the three years I’ve been here”.

Eileen Shredd, the Student Union Shop Manager says much the same thing. She admits that prices has recently gone up due to suppliers increasing their prices but says, “If anything, we are doing better than before”.

According to Eileen, more students are coming to she shop since the canteen has also increased its prices. In the shop a bottle of coke is 95p whereas in the Canteen it costs £1. The shop also sells water for 50p whereas it also costs a pound in the canteen.

 Not everyone is happy

 

One student, Aaron Dixon, does feel affected by the credit crunch. He is a 2nd year photography student and unlike the other lives off campus in Kenton Road.Like Cameron and Sophie, he receives a full loan. He also works 3 days a week in a swanky hat shop called New Era. Aaron spends most of his money on rent, clothes and food.

“Certain things like bread, milk and eggs have really gone up. They are more expensive than usual. I really just try to buy what’s on offer”

Aaron has also started going out much less, “Clubs are just charging excessive prices and drinks have gone up lots”. It seems that having to pay for food, bills and travel really affects the student lifestyle.

The key to having an easy ride in the credit crunch is as follows- be an eternal student, but make sure you live on campus and have a loan.

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 Alexandra Murphy

(alexandra.murphy@my.westminster.ac.uk)

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Does Westminster Uni need Jamie Oliver?

Posted by lsjlaura on October 29, 2008

Jamie Oliver is being filmed in the US to explore American food and their eating habits, but do we need him here in Harrow to give some tips at the Westminster University canteen?

Upper crust busy serving

 

With the canteen divided into the baguette shop chain, Upper Crust and the universities salad bar and hot plates, there appears to be a good balance between hot and cold food.

Variety

Most students however, would like to see more variety at the canteen. There is some concern that the same foods appear everyday. The same example of cafeteria salad existing only of cucumber, tomato and lettuce was given by two different students.

Hannah Hultman, 24 a Marketing Communications student said: “It’s always the same thing everyday. Quality is acceptable but I’d prefer a better range.”

And her fellow colleague Lloyds Harding 23, who is a vegan finds that buying from the university doesn’t suit his needs. He would like to see more vegan options as this would account for vegetarians and those who eat Halal foods only as well.

Eating on the go

 

Fat or fit?

On my visit to the canteen, I could spot few if any students who were overweight. Certainly non were obese; Jamie Oliver would be pleased. Is this because Media and Arts students are just too busy to eat?

Many students admitted that they skipped meals because of lack of time. Others gave examples of their healthy regimes to stay in shape, Aaron Dixon, 20 who studies Photographic Arts said:

“I make sure I don’t eat too much junk. I eat a lot of veg and go to the gym too.”

But perhaps students are so slim because we just can’t afford to keep eating?

Student prices please

Time and time again, on asking about what Harrow campus students thought about the food served, opinions were based around price.

Ton Rycak, 25, a communication and networks student said that he was satisfied with the quality however he said that:

“It’s good food, but students shouldn’t be paying the same amount here as you would have to at a high street shop on Oxford Street.”

Laura Hawkins, 24 studying a Masters in Journalism agrees that the food, “Doesn’t seem to be subsidized for students.”

“You probably end up spending £4 or £5 on lunch everyday”, said Sihle, 22 and a compuer scientist.

Spending on vending

 

A fashion design student Catrina Holm said: “I wish there was somewhere we could buy a cheaper sandwich.” She also wishes there was a microwave so she could heat up her own food. Instead to avoid paying she brings in her own salads for lunch.

Bella Patel, 20 and a Multimedia computing student who was not impressed by canteen food prices said: “I tend to go out and get sandwiches from Sainsbury’s. It’s cheaper.”

Perhaps getting Jamie Oliver in would be too expensive. A Jamie Oliver book of recipes on the shelf might be a better canteen option.

By Laura James – laura.james@my.wesminster.ac.uk

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Is university campus a credit crunch haven?

Posted by allie1985 on October 29, 2008

While the whole country seems to be in financial meltdown, the Students of Westminster University are still living the high life.

Why are they not affected?

The majority of students have made no changes to their spending whatsoever, although it seems to be because they have jobs as well as loans to fund them.

 

 

 

Top 5 Student Splurges

  • Alcohol
  • Clothes/Shoes
  • Takeaways
  • Renting DVDs
  • Petrol

 

by A. Murphy

alexandra.murphy@my.westminster.ac.uk

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