It is easy to manage costs at Cardiff Met, though most of the students I lived with spent most of their time in their overdraft. The university provides good and cheap food from it's cafes and shop, or there are supermarkets just down the road. It depends what accommodation you are placed in in the first year, catered or self-catered. In terms of the cost of transport the buses in Cardiff are cheap (though prices are rising slightly because of furl costs) and the university provides a cheap bus pass for students which means you're not always rumaging for loose change or having to make sure you have enough for the bus ride home. Though most students live close enough to walk into university if they wished. The only expensive element to Cardifis the campus is a little distance from the city centre so taxis on nights out can cost a bit but if your're with friends its easy to split the cost. There are so many pubs, cafes, nightclubs and restaurants in Cardiff that there is always somewhere offering cheap food and drink, with many of the nightclubs offering students nights. Part time work in available either with the university or there are agencies that provides jobs for people (though this doesn't always work out very well). Like I've already said there are so many cafes and other things there is always somewhere hiring, its just weatehr you choose to juggle studying and working. In terms of additional course costs there aren't that many, the occasional trip to theatres or events but this is cheap. The only really expensive course cost is if you choose to take another module with the university, over the summer or possibly the TEFL course.