With the average cost of a UK medical loan costing in excess of £9,000 a year, studying for the medical profession is more expensive than ever.

There are a wide range of bursaries, loans and grants available to students studying medical degrees to help cover a percentage of these costs, but one thing that some would-be medical students fail to take into consideration are the other essential fees and expenses incurred by their studies.

Following a recent student by Save the Student, the findings of their National Student Money Survey have revealed that the average monthly spend for students studying for their undergraduate degree is £770 which includes essential items such as rent, food and travel.

With some textbooks costing more than £100 if bought brand new, having the right materials for your studies can also blow a big hole in your student loan, so this is something else that you’ll need to take into account if you’re thinking of studying for a medical degree.

Here’s a breakdown taken from the National Student Money Survey that shows where the majority of monthly student spending goes:

Rent – £406

Food – £108

Social – £64

Travel – £50

Bills- £40

Clothes – £34

Books – £20

Mobile phone – £18

Other – £31

This is why anyone looking to study for a degree at medical school needs to be 100% sure that this is the right career path for them and that they’ll be able to keep up with the demands of their studies and manage their money to ensure a good standard of living while at university.

Getting hands-on experience in the sector without a medical degree can be tricky, but with our Doctor for a Day one day workshop, you can get real experience of everyday tasks that medical professionals undertake on a regular basis, so you can be sure that this is the career path that you want to take before submitting UCAS applications to your medical schools of choice.

Led by experienced industry professionals, you’ll learn the basics of CPR, suturing, venepuncture and taking blood pressure that will give you a real insight into the day to day activities of those currently working in the medical profession.

If you decide that this is still the academic route you want to pursue, then it also looks great on your personal statement as you can prove you’ve had some form of work experience.

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