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Hey guys, I need a general feedback on the living expenses at Exeter. I read the guide on the Exeter website but it didn't really help much.

If you have the time, pls answer these questions for me

1) What is the average amount of money you spend in a month?
2) Would 700 pounds a month suffice? Inclusive of food, rent, entertainment, etc?
3) Are the living expenses (entertainment and food) at Exeter cheaper than larger cities such as London, Brum, Manchester? (excluding the rental for accommodation)

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1) Since everyone is different a better way is to work out what you would spend in a month. Prices might differ from place to place but not by that much.
2) Probably. If you share a house you can reckon to find somewhere about £80p/w which is £350 a month. You could spend much more on rent and have plenty of money to spend on food etc.
3) Probably more expensive than Bham and Manchester, but cheaper than London. Again, it depends on your preferences as to watering holes, restaurants, etc.

Bottom line, though - yes, £700 enough.
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1) Since everyone is different a better way is to work out what you would spend in a month. Prices might differ from place to place but not by that much.
2) Probably. If you share a house you can reckon to find somewhere about £80p/w which is £350 a month. You could spend much more on rent and have plenty of money to spend on food etc.
3) Probably more expensive than Bham and Manchester, but cheaper than London. Again, it depends on your preferences as to watering holes, restaurants, etc.

Bottom line, though - yes, £700 enough.
Thanks for the reply.
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£700 is more than enough with me! Of course, it really depends on your spending pattern. I generally buy food and groceries at bargain prices and only go out for dinner once in a while with friends. I would also say that London is more expensive than Exeter!
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£700 is more than enough with me! Of course, it really depends on your spending pattern. I generally buy food and groceries at bargain prices and only go out for dinner once in a while with friends. I would also say that London is more expensive than Exeter!
That's nice. But I'm surprised that Exeter can be more expensive than Manchester and Brum. Must be a posh area.
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That's nice. But I'm surprised that Exeter can be more expensive than Manchester and Brum. Must be a posh area.
It's a far smaller place so there's less competition, fewer deep discount stores, and in terms of rent, smaller/fewer slummy areas where students can live cheap cos no-one else would live there.
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It varies depending on the type of accomodation you're in. I'm catered so food costs are low as you only need to buy lunch stuff for during the week which is round £5-6. Some people have just been taking stuff for lunch from breakfast so theoretically you don't even have to pay anything extra food wise! My friends in non-catered tend to spend £10-15 max a week on food.

Rent again depends on your accomodation- obviously single ensuit in Holland is much more expensive than standard Lafrowda.

Don't know about other cities but in Exeter entertainment like the clubs is generally cheap- £3-4 entry depending on the club but cheaper if you get tickets in advance. Balls and stuff are more expensive like the SSB or Powderham but individual halls do good deals if you have subs.

£700 is easily enough, excluding rent I manage on £160-200 a month and thats going out pretty often along with buying anything I need throughout the week.

Hope that helped
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Thanks for the feedback nonswimmer and doodlebug4. What about transportation? Do you guys spend much on transport or is everything within walking distance? And do you think cycling is a good idea?
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Everything is within walking distance. There are plenty of buses and trains to go further afield. There's a thread on the board somewhere with cycling specifics: I think the conclusion was, it's hilly, so you need to be reasonably fit. But there were plenty of people saying it's a fairly cyclable (is that word?) city.
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£700 is easily enough, the rent is pretty steep here but apart from that it's your average city, there are less expensive and more expensive versions of supermarkets, bars, restaurants, etc. etc. Train tickets within the area are dirt cheap (something like £2 to get to Topsham & back) and if you book in advance it's not too bad to London, or there's Megabus/National Express/the airport.

As long as you budget properly you'll be ok, same as anywhere!
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£700 will see you fine.

It IS alot more expensive than most other Uni cities/towns other than London, especially in terms of rent prices. I'd say the average was about 90 quid or so on rent per week, whereas in somewhere like Manchester its nearer £60.
Having said that the whole city is really nice, and they aren't any no-go areas that i can think of. Plus the rest of town isn't that expensive, clubs and bars aren't that pricey.

If you allow a max of £450 for rent, then 250 for the rest of the month is heaps:
£50 - food
£75 - socialising
£50 - bills
then left overs to do what you want with - travel etc. seriously, £700 is a massive amount.
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(Original post by 10joey10)
If you allow a max of £450 for rent, then 250 for the rest of the month is heaps:
£50 - food
£75 - socialising
£50 - bills
then left overs to do what you want with - travel etc. seriously, £700 is a massive amount.
I agree that £700pm is plenty but your calculations on expenses are a bit squiffy. That's only £11 a week for food, and depending on who you're living with etc you may not be able to cover water/gas/electricity for less than £60 per month.
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I agree that £700pm is plenty but your calculations on expenses are a bit squiffy. That's only £11 a week for food, and depending on who you're living with etc you may not be able to cover water/gas/electricity for less than £60 per month.
You are of course right. I started of by doing it in weeks, then changed to months. :confused: **** maths etc etc.

Revised estimates are (on what i spend in a 7 bed house in central Exeter)
Rent: £100 a week (down to £87 next year)
Food: £60 a month
Bills; inc internet gas and electric (but not water): £35 a month. Water - £180 a year.
Social, (and i work in a bar, so i spend waaay to much): £30 a week
Other: £ 20 a week

So.... £650(ish) a month, but that INCLUDES rent.
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Don't forget there are 4.33 weeks in a month, not 4, which can complicate things.

And budget more for food! You are going to have to put up with some boring **** if you eat for £13.86 per week. Which is only just more than they spend feeding prisoners.
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I spent £10 a week on food in 1st & 2nd year (I've stopped keeping track now) and I ate fine! And in 1st year I lived by Sainsbury's in town so I was in there practically every day!

You can easily find houses for a lot less than £450 a month, mine's £350 but could have found cheaper.

Socialising, depends how much you go out but you don't need to spend much on a night out, get an Arena card etc. and pre-lash instead of buying drinks while out & you'll spend less than a tenner.

As for other types of entertainment, the Odeon's cheap as is Campus Cinema & the gigs at the Lemmy are usually pretty well-priced...
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£700 is easily enough, the rent is pretty steep here but apart from that it's your average city, there are less expensive and more expensive versions of supermarkets, bars, restaurants, etc. etc. Train tickets within the area are dirt cheap (something like £2 to get to Topsham & back) and if you book in advance it's not too bad to London, or there's Megabus/National Express/the airport.

As long as you budget properly you'll be ok, same as anywhere!
Hi.. I am an international student
Do I need to buy a bicycle? used bicycle? any recomendation for transport?
thank you..
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Hi.. I am an international student
Do I need to buy a bicycle? used bicycle? any recomendation for transport?
thank you..
You do not need to buy a bicycle.

Exeter is quite hilly so unless you are quite fit a bicycle might not be much fun.

You can easily walk from most places in Exeter to most other places in Exeter; there are also lots of buses.

Take a look at Google Maps and look at walking distances between campus and your accomodation, campus and town centre etc.
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Hi.. I am an international student
Do I need to buy a bicycle? used bicycle? any recomendation for transport?
thank you..
It depends a little bit on how used you are to walking. I can think of countries where the idea of walking to somewhere five minutes away is just completely unthinkable! I would say, if you can deal with the idea of walking for twenty minutes or so to get to somewhere then that'll cover most eventualities - and walking is certainly the cheapest and most straightforward option for getting around.
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As a parent of a fresher (fingers crossed) I'd like to know how much you're all budgeting for living expenses after rent/accommodation... i.e. food, socialising, books, clothes, travel etc ... I was thinking of £280 / £300 per month. I don't want to give my daughter too much but I don't want her to be too hard-up either !
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It depends a little bit on how used you are to walking. I can think of countries where the idea of walking to somewhere five minutes away is just completely unthinkable! I would say, if you can deal with the idea of walking for twenty minutes or so to get to somewhere then that'll cover most eventualities - and walking is certainly the cheapest and most straightforward option for getting around.


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Thanks for the information.. So, how much did u spend for transportation cost in a year? (Only in Exeter)
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