David is studying BA English, and completed A2B in 2016/17. He received the A2B Accommodation Award in 2017 and speaks below about the impact it had on his University experience:
“The accommodation bursary was amazing to receive as it meant that I was able to financially afford to live in halls. Although I receive a higher maintenance loan, due to my low-household income, I was a bit worried that I would not be able to afford to fully immerse myself in student life, as I would have a very tight weekly budget, especially as I would not be able to receive any financial help from my parents, unlike other students. However, the award made life so much easier as I could afford my top choice accommodation (Mason) while truly experiencing student life.
This meant that I was able to join all the societies I would not otherwise be able to afford and attend their social events, such as the BEDSoc Ball and BEDSoc Abroad to Prague! Without the award, I would definitely not be able to budget for these events, so, the award was such a great help in broadening my horizons and student experiences (as I had only been abroad once), and, as a result, I was able to make friends with so many people.
Due to the extremely generous bursary, university life has been made much more relaxed and easier continuing into my second year as I can afford to live in a house and pay bills worry-free, as well as joining even more sports societies, like Triathlon and Cool Runnings! Also, the bursary has allowed me to have the confidence of being able to financially afford to study abroad, and, due to this, I found out yesterday that I will be moving to California for 2019/2020! Ultimately, the bursary has allowed me to fully immerse myself in student life, in both Birmingham and abroad, which I definitely would not have been able to afford at all without it, and has continued to make my entire university life so much easier and enjoyable!”