Dear readers,

Our annual Finance Issue is often filled with various tips and tricks for saving, budgeting, and planning for the future. While this issue does touch on some of these familiar themes, our entire team is cognizant of the fact that many of these efforts, with the cost of living being what it is, will be in vain.

Instead, many of our stories paint an honest picture of the reality of student life today. Reporter Emma Butler explores the struggle of affording life as a student, while contributor Zoë King shares her honest advice about where to find the cheapest groceries in London.

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The reality is that inflation and greed have made life as we know it uncertain and difficult. As reporter Gerard Creces shares in his article on rental prices in London, the cost of rent here has increased by more than 38 per cent in the last year, more than anywhere else in the country. No amount of budgeting or saving can prepare students and recent graduates for that, especially as wages remain stagnant and opportunities limited.

I hope that this issue helps you, readers, to see the impact that the pandemic, endless wars, and unfettered capitalism can have on the average person. As you bemoan your higher rent, lower savings, and expensive food costs, remember that not one single politician or party is responsible for the state of the world right now. Various global issues are intersecting at this moment, making it harder than ever to be in control of our individual finances.

I can’t promise that it will get easier soon, but I hope this paper offers some insight in the meantime.


Hannah Theodore

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