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Government yet to refund £28m in student loan overpayments

More than half a million English university graduates overpaid loans by average £600The government is holding on to more than £28m in student loan overpayments by graduates that have been identified but not yet refunded.More than half a million former …

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Book clinic: what can I read to look cultured when I go to Cambridge?

Zadie Smith and Martin Amis will give you something interesting to contribute to any conversationQ: What books should I read before I start university? I am going to Cambridge and don’t want to seem uncultured compared with all the posh people!Post-A-l…

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Five-pound notes and free pints used to lure students into gambling

Undergraduates are being offered cash and drinks to sign up to betting appsStudents at prestigious UK universities are being recruited to promote betting apps on campus and, in some cases, are handing out free cash to entice others to gamble.An investi…

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£6,000 a year for a room? If I were a student, I’d probably go on strike too | Patrick Collinson

Rents paid by university students have been rising by about double the rate of inflation for yearsUniversity – you know the fees, but what about the costs?Super deluxe student accommodation for wealthy parentsWhen did it become acceptable to treat univ…

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University – you know the fees, but what about the costs?

You’ve got the grades and you’re heading for college. Now get ready to pay the billsSuper deluxe student accommodation for wealthy parents£6,000 a year for a room? If I were a student, I’d probably go on strike tooHow much will you really spend in your…

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Super deluxe student accommodation for wealthy parents

The days when all students lived in pretty much the same standard of digs has long goneUniversity – you know the fees, but what about the costs?£6,000 a year for a room? If I were a student, I’d probably go on strike tooRich parents are being chased by…

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Packing Christmas cards knocked the pseudo-intellectual snob out of me | Marc Burrows

A factory job taught me not to sneer at my Leicestershire village – and even made me proud of where I came fromI finished my A-levels in July of 1999, the summer of the eclipse, the Matrix and, legally, the start of my adult life. The one thing these t…