<table border="0" class="snippet-img block standard"><tr><td width="70%"></td><td width="20%">in association with:</td><td width="10%"><a href="https://www.circle.com/en-gb/thestudentroom?utm_source=TheStudentRoom&utm_campaign=DBD&utm_medium=display&utm_content=leaderboard"><img src="https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/images/cms/snippet/2016-08/logo-85x35.jpg" alt="Circle"></a></td></table><table class="snippet-img block compact"><tr><td width="30%"></td><td align ="right" width="50%">in association with:</td><td width="20%"><a href="https://www.circle.com/en-gb/thestudentroom?utm_source=TheStudentRoom&utm_campaign=DBD&utm_medium=display&utm_content=leaderboard"><img src="https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/images/cms/snippet/2016-08/logo-85x35.jpg" alt="Circle"></a></td></table><table class="snippet-img block standard"><tr><td><a href="https://www.circle.com/en-gb/thestudentroom?utm_source=TheStudentRoom&utm_campaign=DBD&utm_medium=display&utm_content=leaderboard"><img src="https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/images/cms/snippet/2016-08/Circle-pay-desktop-banner.png" alt="Circle"></a></td></table><table class="snippet-img block compact"><tr><td><a href="https://www.circle.com/en-gb/thestudentroom?utm_source=TheStudentRoom&utm_campaign=DBD&utm_medium=display&utm_content=leaderboard"><img src="https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/images/cms/snippet/2016-08/Circle-pay-mobile-banner.png" alt="Circle"></a></td></table><b>If you're about to go to uni for the first time...look out! You've got a reality check incoming. No more parents washing your clothes, doing your ironing and cleaning up after you; the baton has been passed.</b>
Yep, you are now considered a 'responsible adult' and expected to fend for yourself. Along with all kinds of other responsibilities, that includes deciding what to spend your money on, and when to spend it.

Students obviously have a reputation of hammering their entire loan in one afternoon down the pub, but if you want to avoid uni poverty you're going to have to swerve that stereotype and do a bit of budgeting.

To help you out, here are our five things you should budget for when at uni. The rest? That's up to you. Good luck!
<h3><b>1. Food</b></h3>
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Grub: it's one of the most important things to budget for when you're at uni. You don't want to find yourself in a position where all you're eating is 11p Sainsbury's basic noodles for breakfast, lunch and dinner; it's boring and you'll probably end up with scurvy.

Put away about £20-25 a week to cover your food shopping. If you've got any money left over, roll that over into next week's food shop (or get a few luxuries). A quick note on halls etiquette: don't be one of those people that asks to borrow some of your flatmate's food and never pay it back, you'll get yourself a reputation. Worst of all, don't take their food without asking - no-one likes that person.
<h3><b>2. Rent/bills</b></h3>
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This is another pretty big thing to budget for and, yes, it's probably the most expensive. Rent/bills are the biggest pain in the arse to budget for but at least it gives you a place to live and running water.

Once you're out of halls you'll find it's pretty common for uni houses to include bills in the price of their rent, which makes life so much easier. Go for one of those (providing you're getting a good deal) and you won't have to worry about sorting out the bills yourself. Instead you'll just pay your landlord or agency a set fee every month. No brainer.

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<h3><b>3. Books</b></h3>
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Books can cost you a fortune and for some reason the lecturers always pick the most expensive textbooks for your seminars. Make sure you have enough money aside to buy a few textbooks (try to get away with the minimal amount as they change every year). If you know someone on your course who needs the same book you could go halves on the book with them. Another option is to get the book second-hand. It may have a coffee stain or two in but it'll save you some cash.
<h3><b>4. Visiting mates</b></h3>
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You're undoubtedly going to want to visit your mates at other unis around the country at weekends. Catching up with them is great, and you'll also get to meet new people and see a different city. Budget tip: make your plans early and get your travel sorted sharpish. Works out tons cheaper.

<h3><b>5. Nights out</b></h3>
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Big nights out are all part of your uni experience. It's up to you how you play it out; go out for a social with a few drinks and it won't cost much at all. Or you could go large, spend £100 and have an epic night (especially on student nights with £1 shots, £2 doubles and £1.50 jagerbombs). If you do go for the uber-night option, just make sure you've put some cash aside for it. Your morning-after hangover's going to feel a ton worse if you're £80 in debt to your mates.

So what's your budgeting tactic: splash out on booze or save for food? Get involved in the chat here! While you're here take a look at the most bizarre things people have spent their loan, don't make the same mistake.
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