Nele van Hout

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Nele van Hout

I’ve always loved writing, travelling, and the English language. But living in the Netherlands doesn’t give you a whole lot of job options that line up with those passions, apart from teaching English as a second language.

So when I was 18, I decided to drop out of my communications degree, move to the UK, and study English and Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.

While living and studying abroad is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, it definitely wasn’t cheap. Coming from the Netherlands, I didn’t qualify for a Maintenance Loan, which forced me to get a grip on my finances quickly.

But with multiple part-time jobs (flipping burgers at McDonald’s, bartending, making coffee, and the odd freelance job) and a good budget, I made it work. And I was still able to grab the occasional beer at the pub with friends and save enough to visit Japan after graduating.

Since my parents still live in the Netherlands, I couldn’t ask them how things worked in the UK or at English universities. They knew just as much about it as I did! That’s why I heavily relied on websites like Save the Student to navigate myself through the student life without putting myself in unnecessary debt.

As an editor for Save The Student, I love that I now get to help students improve their finances. If you’d like to chat, feel free to reach out to me through my LinkedIn.