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Chatting to fellow Blogger The Frugal Teen about her life studying abroad and how it compares financially to studying in the UK
Annelies Paris, also know as The Frugal Teen has been sharing her thoughts about living and studying abroad and how the costs stack up compared to studying here in the UK – you might well be surprised at the difference.
The Frugal Teen is very active on twitter and hosts a weekly chat all about saving money, making money and other frugal related subjects. It’s a great way to share ideas and learn new things and anyone can join in – you don’t have to a blogger. Just search the hashtag #savvysunday each week at 7pm and answer the questions. Make sure you add #savvysunday to your posts so everyone in the chat can see them!
Why did you choose to study abroad?
I chose to study abroad because the idea of debt was haunting for me. All my family is from France and Belgium and there, debt isn’t considered acceptable or normal. You’re either expected to pay yourself or your parents to contribute. We weren’t in a place financially to do so, so I decided to move abroad to save money.
Is there a huge difference in cost between studying in the UK and studying abroad?
There is an enormous difference in cost between UK and other countries. I’m studying in the Netherlands at the moment and I pay less than 2000 euros for my tuition fees a year. In the UK, the price has been raised to £9250 a year! As a matter of fact, there are some countries in the EU that allow you to study for free, including Denmark, Norway, Sweden and some places in Germany. If you speak those languages or find the course you like in English, then it’s totally worth applying there!
Do you have a job to earn extra cash along side your studies?
I do have a little job alongside my studies. I personally think that, for a student, it’s the best job I could ask for. I get paid for writing my own notes for my own I write all the notes that we need to know, submit all notes two lessons in advance (that’s the tricky bit as it’s up to me to decide what’s relevant before receiving any confirmation), it’s published and then I get paid!
Are you considering blogging as a career when you finish Uni?
I would love to earn money from blogging when I finish uni, or even beforehand! I wouldn’t see blogging as a career but I think when I have children (I like thinking ahead), it would be a great source of income to fall back on if I need to stay at home or am unable to work anymore.
What do you miss most about life in the UK?
What I miss most about life in the UK is money saving. Since 14, I have been applying to freebies, learning to use cashback apps etc. but the moment I moved abroad none of this applied anymore! I haven’t found cool money saving hacks here really, so rely solely on money makers that I can do online internationally; mainly surveys
Is the cost of living different where you are living?
It’s difficult for me to judge the difference between the cost of living in UK and abroad really. Firstly, there’s the conversion rate that’s always changing so that makes it hard to find the “equivalent” cost in pounds. Secondly, I never lived independently in the UK so never appreciated the cost of rent or food bill etc. It’s all new and it all started abroad. I must admit I still am not aware of the cost of water bills or electricity as that’s all included in my rent, so it shall be a surprise when I return to the UK
What is the biggest thing you currently do to save money?
As I mention before, I don’t manage to save money as easily so focus more on making money. As I mentioned before I have my job but have also done some freelance jobs editing posts, working on their SEO and making thumbnail pictures for posts. I also sometimes do babysitting/English tutoring and surveys
What is your biggest money saving tip for students?
The biggest money saving tip I’d give to students is to not associate saving money as “not living.” Do all the things you were planning to do anyway: go out drinking, buying clothes etc. except try and find a way to reduce these costs. Make use of your student discounts, treat yourself to some fancy food but just check the reduced sections first, have a shopping spree on Amazon but try earn some gift cards via surveys first. Things like that. They tend to get excited with their student loan (which I don’t have either) and then just go mad! Don’t stop living, just be careful how you live. It’s a good habit to get into for the future when you are more restricted financially.