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Student Life

11 ways to avoid student debt

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/sbmj.0705201 (Published 01 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:0705201
  1. Camille Gajria, fourth year medical student1
  1. 1Imperial College, London

Living on cheap baked beans and mashed potatoes? Camille Gajria gives an alternative take on how to avoid debt as a medical student

While taking prospective medical students on tours of the medical school, I was asked by a 16 year old if it's possible to emerge from university debt-free. I replied with a quote by the Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen: “Never stop because you are afraid … the difficult takes time; the impossible is what takes a little longer.” This applies to medical school and debt: here I present some prophylaxis.

Accommodation-Avoid extortionate rent by living in college. Shower at the gym, and sleep in the common room. If the common room or bar is too busy, the tables in the 24 hour library are unlikely to be, so use them.

Sustenance-Attend grand …

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