Re: What are the most important things when buying a bike?

Discussion in 'UK and Europe' started by Tim, Dec 13, 2004.

  1. Tim

    Tim Guest

    In article <[email protected]>, Tumbleweed wrote:
    [snip]
    > BTW, why couldnt you afford Cambridge now? Surely not on the grounds you'd
    > have to pay the price of a round of drinks every month to repay your loan?
    >


    I'm guessing you're not closely familiar with student funding at
    the moment. Whilst I'll finish paying off my student loans from my
    period as a student (1996-1999) in six months according to last
    statement, my brother who started in 1998 and who who suffered under a
    different funding regime will be paying off the loans for his tuition
    fees for a very long time to come.

    Friends of mine who graduated and wanted to stay in science are
    considering going into teaching (a portion of your loan debt is written
    off if you do so) purely to reduce their debt burden. This could end us
    a fuel for a whole different argument so I'll stop now.

    Tim.

    *feels fortunate to got to university before the change in the loan
    regime and introduction of tuition fees*
     
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  2. Tumbleweed

    Tumbleweed Guest

    "Tim" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > In article <[email protected]>, Tumbleweed wrote:
    > [snip]
    >> BTW, why couldnt you afford Cambridge now? Surely not on the grounds
    >> you'd
    >> have to pay the price of a round of drinks every month to repay your
    >> loan?
    >>

    >
    > I'm guessing you're not closely familiar with student funding at
    > the moment.


    I am *very* familiar with it as I have two kids of university age.

    > Whilst I'll finish paying off my student loans from my
    > period as a student (1996-1999) in six months according to last
    > statement, my brother who started in 1998 and who who suffered under a
    > different funding regime will be paying off the loans for his tuition
    > fees for a very long time to come.


    So? Thats why its the price of a few pints.

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    Tumbleweed

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  3. Jon Senior

    Jon Senior Guest

    Tim wrote:
    > *feels fortunate to got to university before the change in the loan
    > regime and introduction of tuition fees*


    I was in the last year to do so (In England at any rate!). The sad thing
    was that the students in my year didn't care about tuition fees as they
    didn't apply to us, and the later years didn't have the time to campaign
    as they were all working part time to cover the costs.

    Jon
     
  4. Jon Senior

    Jon Senior Guest

    Tumbleweed wrote:
    > So? Thats why its the price of a few pints.


    Eh? The tuition fees when I was at uni were in the order of £1000 -
    £1500 for most courses, and the maintenance costs were far higher than that.

    How many pints is "a few"?

    Where do you go drinking?

    Jon
     
  5. Tumbleweed

    Tumbleweed Guest

    "Jon Senior" <jon_AT_restlesslemon_DOT_co_DOT_uk> wrote in message
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    > Tumbleweed wrote:
    >> So? Thats why its the price of a few pints.

    >
    > Eh? The tuition fees when I was at uni were in the order of £1000 - £1500
    > for most courses, and the maintenance costs were far higher than that.
    >
    > How many pints is "a few"?
    >


    The rate at which you pay it back is the cost of a few pints. But FWIW I
    wouldnt mind betting that many students are spending £1k a year on booze.

    > Where do you go drinking?
    >
    > Jon


    Mines a pint thanks

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    Tumbleweed

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  6. Jon Senior

    Jon Senior Guest

    Tumbleweed wrote:
    > The rate at which you pay it back is the cost of a few pints. But FWIW I
    > wouldnt mind betting that many students are spending £1k a year on booze.


    That depends on your income at the time IIRC. And I agree that students
    and fiscal management do not go hand in hand. One guy on my corridor (On
    full grant no less!) managed to drink his way through most if not all
    of his student loan in the first half semester.

    There are advantages to being a lightweight!

    Jon
     
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