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Hallam student loses student loan to gambling addiction

Hallam student Tom Price has lost his £700 student loan to gambling in the space of just 4 days.

Because Tom’s parents do not earn a major financial income, he is eligible to receive the highest possible student loan to support him in his University life. Unfortunately, Tom decided that he was not going to budget for his last 8 weeks at Sheffield Hallam and went for broke.

One risky trip to the casino and a very expensive gambling spree on the internet later, Tom was £700 down and without a penny to his name.

Tom admits that the gambling has obviously become a bad habit:

“I never thought that it would get out of hand really. I used to bet a few quid on the football but it grew from there. I won £500 once off just £3 and in the long-run that was a bad thing because I suddenly felt I couldn’t lose.”

As you have just heard, Tom is not on his own when it comes to irrationally spending student loans. One girl spent £950 on a designer handbag!

Many of us struggle to keep in the black financially no matter how well we budget. Sometimes the loan just simply does not stretch long enough and the bank of Mum and dad well and truly dries up.

What many Sheffield Hallam students do not realise is that the University financial services can offer an extra loan to help support us when we are really struggling. I decided to speak to Chris, Hallam’s student finance advisor, on all things student loans.

Chris also mentioned that the most important thing a student can do with their loan is to “budget responsibly and stick to it by all means.” The problem is that Chris’s advice and the option of an extra loan is scarcely advertised.

See the details below if you would like more information on the Sheffield Hallam University Financial Services.

Student Financial Support Centre
Visit us in room 5214, Surrey Building at City or the Heart of the Campus at Collegiate.
Phone: 0114 225 2184 (City) or 0114 225 2491 (Collegiate)


Capoeira – Sheffields taste of Brazil

Capoeira is the latest martial art to break into the country and this Brazilian form is starting to take the City of Sheffield by storm.

Starting in a modest church hall on Chapel Walk, the club have expanded to doing classes at the Goodwin Sports Centre on Northumberland road and have plans to expand further, such is the demand. Like many, you may not know a thing about Capoeira, so I attended a class myself and asked Chris Boyer-Caramujo, who teaches Capoeira in Sheffield, to explain a little more about it.

So as well as learning that I looked like a complete fool, there is your basic lesson on Capoeira.

Taking lessons in Capoeira at the Cordão de Ouro Capoeira club in Sheffield is a fantastic way of keeping fit and meeting some fantastic people for a great student price of just £4. All of the members of the Thursday class that I attended were extremely friendly and make you feel as though you have been their for weeks so I can highly recommend giving it a go.

I can only presume that the completely amateur display for me has hardly wet your appetite, so watch the video below too see how it’s really done.

Visit the link below if you would like more information.


Mothers day

Mothers Day on the cheap but SSHH

The Sheffield Vibe is here to do what we do best- giving you the heads up on the best deals and with Mothers Days creeping up we got our thinking heads on to make that day extra special (but on the cheap). Whether its making her breakfast in bed, being presented by a lovely bunch of flowers or just a big tight hug that lasts a little longer than normal- make sure to give your mum special attention on Mothers day.

Mother’s Day doesn’t have to be expensive because lets face it she can buy herself something fancy and frivolous all year round. It can be anything from a simple visit to say ‘hey’, a telephone call or a homemade card with bright yellow daffodils on the front because they’re her favourite flower. Why not take up John Lewis on their offer of a free bunch of flowers for every online order with a named day delivery? Or why not buy a bunch of Bluebells from Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice for £5.00 including post and packaging, you are buying your mum a present and helping children with a shortened life expectancy, perfect!

Lisa Davies, mum to three children said, “Mother’s Day is a little pause in the year; a break from the noise of every day life to stand in front of your mum and say ‘today I am thinking of you and only you’” We think that sums up Mother’s Day very nicely indeed!

Join the gym for a cut-price £0 per month.

Here at the Sheffield Vibe we have been searching high and low to find ways of saving you money and keeping you fit. We think we have the solution.

Four of the eight pieces of equipment you will find at Charnock Park outside gym

Many of you like the idea of going to the gym, whether it is for keeping fit, toning up or bulking up. Like us, you won’t like the idea of shelling out £25-45 per month for the privilege. Nobody wants to pay that price, in fact, if we had the choice, we would pay nothing at all. That may seem unrealistic, but we have found an alternative to the typical gym, for no cost at all.

The TGOGC (The Great Outdoor Gym Company) have set up outdoor gyms all around the country and there are three around the more student-populated areas of Sheffield. I have decided to take a look at Charnock Park as it boasts the biggest range of equipment.

Although it is only 4.7 miles away from Sheffield Hallam University, it takes 57 minutes to get to by bus so getting there and back is the first obstacle you have to overcome. However, if you want to use the gym to improve your cardio, I advise you jog there anyway. In terms of cardio equipment on offer once you eventually arrive at the gym, there is a fitness bike, ski machine (bottom left of picture), cross trainer (top left), recumbent bike (top right) and a treadmill. Using this run-of-the-mill equipment requires no instruction so don’t worry if you have never been to a gym before.

There is also a leg press and double oblique machine. The oblique machine barely serves its purpose and there are numerous exercises you can do at home. Literally stand on anything that’s hard to balance on, hold onto the wall and twist and you will achieve the same outcome. The leg press machine is worth using if you have particularly weak legs, but the comparisons with the resistance problems of the chest/lat machine are all too similar. You simply will not improve your strength, and toning is the best possible outcome.

Penistone outdoor gym is a perfect alternative if you live nearby.

All in all this outdoor gym offers an adequate solution to the regular commercial gyms, but does not surpass any regular expectations. My advice would be to join the university gym for a very reasonable £15 a month, or £9 if you can handle the off peak hours (7am-3pm  at City and Collegiate campuses). The equipment there is slightly less than you would expect from Total Fitness or Pure Gym but that is to be expected for the cut-price.

The outdoor gym at Charnock Park is a last resort, but a resort nonetheless if the student loan has well and truly been exhausted.

Sheffield Vibe’s Fashion Week


Who needs London when you have Sheffield Vibes Fashion week?

From 17th- 21st February celebrities headed to the capital to view the latest designer collections at the prestigious London Fashion Week. Images of high class designer wear and those exclusive front row seats have bombarded the magazines. We thought we’d do a little twist on LFW and we proudly present The Sheffield Vibe Fashion Week (check it out on twitter #SVFW)   

We have devoted our time to trawling the streets of Sheffield for people with a runway worthy style. See what you think and join in with our polls!

Runway Worthy pictures coming soon