I personally find it easy to manage my costs, but I know a few people who's courses have asked for more money than they expected, e.g. for text books or trips. As for mine, it's mostly buying stationery, which I can get for a reasonable price from shops in the Art and Design building or the library. Also, there's generally lots of financial help for trips abroad. The food and drink in the university shops isn't particularly cheap, but you can get the same kind of meal deal as you might in a supermarket, and the hot food from the caf is generally very good value. There are lots of opportunities for part time work; some are offered by the university, such a becoming a student rep and showing around prospective students, or working at the students union bar. The university also has career facilities which are great at helping prepare you for finding work after graduation, and often advertise lots of current part time jobs around the city, and can always help you get your CV ready, and help with interview techniques.