I have been lucky in that I have had to pay no tutition fees, received a bursary and am able to claim expenses whilst on clinical placement. However, I understand that this is changing and the cost of spreading yourself between living at uni and clinical placement may become difficult. There is plenty of student accommodation but you tend to have to pay for the full academic year. As my time is spent between being in uni at Sheffield and clinical placement site at Newcastle, I have used home stays so I only pay for accommodation whilst I am actually in Sheffield which works out cheaper. I found these on the university website and they have been within walking distance from campus. However, I understand that some students may want to live with other students because of the social life but this will end up costing more. If you do live a little further away buses are 50p for a single journey with a student card within Sheffield. I have also managed to find a casual job so just work when I can as at times it may become difficult managing course work/exams and a job. Overall I have managed my costs well but had I started the course later when the tuition fees had increased and bursaries had been reduced then this would not have been the case.