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    I have an offer for Chemistry starting in 2011 at Imperial. Having just firmed, I have started to consider accommodation, but during my consideration, it has only just struck me quite how insanely expensive it can be.
    I was just wondering if there are any current or past students who could give me a vague estimate of living costs excluding accommodation, so I can plan where I'd like to apply for. I'd just like a vague idea of how much I can expect to spend on transport, food, liquids and other miscellaneous things per week. Bearing in mind that I'd consider myself a relatively typical 18 year old, who enjoys pubbing, and possibly, but very infrequently clubbing. I also am lucky in that I'm a competent cook, and can handle eating cheap crap for the 31 weeks or so that I'd be away.
    Any thoughts or experiences would be appreciated! Thanks.
    P.S. Any tips for choosing accommodation would be great as well
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    So many views but so few replies. I would also like to know what to "expect to spend on transport, food, liquids, and other miscellaneous things per week".
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    (Original post by NaughtyParsley)
    I have an offer for Chemistry starting in 2011 at Imperial. Having just firmed, I have started to consider accommodation, but during my consideration, it has only just struck me quite how insanely expensive it can be.
    I was just wondering if there are any current or past students who could give me a vague estimate of living costs excluding accommodation, so I can plan where I'd like to apply for. I'd just like a vague idea of how much I can expect to spend on transport, food, liquids and other miscellaneous things per week. Bearing in mind that I'd consider myself a relatively typical 18 year old, who enjoys pubbing, and possibly, but very infrequently clubbing. I also am lucky in that I'm a competent cook, and can handle eating cheap crap for the 31 weeks or so that I'd be away.
    Any thoughts or experiences would be appreciated! Thanks.
    P.S. Any tips for choosing accommodation would be great as well
    Although I am not yet living in London ( Reading to be precise) I am sharing a house with 5 people and got quite a bit of budget managing experience.
    For £1200 (10 month) you can pretty much have a healthy diet ( Asda, Sainsbury etc are same everywhere, so are prices) but you have to cook yourself.
    For instance:
    3x pizza - £3
    1kg minced beef - £2-3
    2.5kg potatoes - £1.4
    Rice 1kg - 50p
    spaghetti 1kg - £1
    Chicken 1kg - £3
    Veg - £4
    = about £16
    Add some other stuff like sauce, cereal, milk, tea, sugar and it will be about £30 per week.
    Razor - £16
    Shave gel - £2
    After shave gel £3
    After shave face wash £3
    Shampoo - £1
    tooth paste - £2
    Razor pack is for 2-3 month so a good investment ^^.
    Cloth
    Primark is your friend
    When you get some spare money - > Oxford Street
    Pub
    £7 for a beef burger with bacon and onion rings and a pint of beer + chips( love it ! )

    I am looking at somewhere £7000 for 10 month (If you don't spend money on random crap). I am planning to cycle so no expenses on transport.

    Donno about halls but I am choosing twin room.

    it's 3Am now so I better go to bed !

    P.S. London is expensive for its rents and transport but other things are about the same ( minor fluctuations)
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    (Original post by kaosu_souzousha)
    Although I am not yet living in London ( Reading to be precise) I am sharing a house with 5 people and got quite a bit of budget managing experience.
    For £1200 (10 month) you can pretty much have a healthy diet ( Asda, Sainsbury etc are same everywhere, so are prices) but you have to cook yourself.
    For instance:
    3x pizza - £3
    1kg minced beef - £2-3
    2.5kg potatoes - £1.4
    Rice 1kg - 50p
    spaghetti 1kg - £1
    Chicken 1kg - £3
    Veg - £4
    = about £16
    Add some other stuff like sauce, cereal, milk, tea, sugar and it will be about £30 per week.
    Razor - £16
    Shave gel - £2
    After shave gel £3
    After shave face wash £3
    Shampoo - £1
    tooth paste - £2
    Razor pack is for 2-3 month so a good investment ^^.
    Cloth
    Primark is your friend
    When you get some spare money - > Oxford Street
    Pub
    £7 for a beef burger with bacon and onion rings and a pint of beer + chips( love it ! )

    I am looking at somewhere £7000 for 10 month (If you don't spend money on random crap). I am planning to cycle so no expenses on transport.

    Donno about halls but I am choosing twin room.

    it's 3Am now so I better go to bed !

    P.S. London is expensive for its rents and transport but other things are about the same ( minor fluctuations)
    Thanks for that mate, that's awesome. I knew this thread would eventually get a reply or two. Sounds good, just gotta get those grades now, if only maths gave As for effort...
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    well, I'm living on £400/month (excluding accommodation) and haven't got any problems - weekly shop for two is around £50, monthly travelcard zones 1-3 is around £87, uni is great for reasonably priced lunches (2 course meal + drink or £4.60!) and prices at the union pub are good too!
    the only expensive thing about London is the accommodation. can't agree with the transport bit - it's fairly cheap comparing to what you get elsewhere! I used to live in Hull and worked in a small village 20 mins away on the train.. the monthly pass was £120 (and that was couple of years ago!) - mind that unlike zone 1-3 pass, this one could only be used between points A and B! also the bus fares - in Manchester single bus trip was around £3, London's single trip with Oyster is £1.30?
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    (Original post by NaughtyParsley)
    I have an offer for Chemistry starting in 2011 at Imperial. Having just firmed, I have started to consider accommodation, but during my consideration, it has only just struck me quite how insanely expensive it can be.
    I was just wondering if there are any current or past students who could give me a vague estimate of living costs excluding accommodation, so I can plan where I'd like to apply for. I'd just like a vague idea of how much I can expect to spend on transport, food, liquids and other miscellaneous things per week. Bearing in mind that I'd consider myself a relatively typical 18 year old, who enjoys pubbing, and possibly, but very infrequently clubbing. I also am lucky in that I'm a competent cook, and can handle eating cheap crap for the 31 weeks or so that I'd be away.
    Any thoughts or experiences would be appreciated! Thanks.
    P.S. Any tips for choosing accommodation would be great as well
    I'm meant to live off £250 a month after accommodation.. and for me it's not possible. On the food front you should be able to keep costs down, but that's really not the main expense. In my opinion it all comes down to how often you go out and what you expect to do to have fun. Pretty much everyone I know gets far more money from their parents and is able to cope comfortably. I probably spend between £350 and £500 a month. As for travel, that's also a minimal expense.. just apply for halls which are within walking distance (most are) and you'll only have to use your oyster card for bus/tube when you want to go outside South Ken.
    To be brutally honest, Chemists don't have a particularly thrilling social life from the department side so you'll do most of your 'going out' with hall friends and any sports clubs/societies. That means it all depends on what the majority of your friends want to get up to. In the autumn term I was going out fairly frequently to bigger more upmarket london clubs which are really expensive even on student nights, because that's what the majority of people in my hall did. Now I spend more time and money at the union and cheaper clubs after it closes (it closes early) but I still spend a lot. I spend masses on fried chicken after nights out, but that's a lifestyle choice I'm sure most avoid.

    So all in all, besides food, my money pretty much goes on socialising and just a load of random regular expenses such as paying for the minibus to get to Harlington sports grounds, stuff for my course, a bit on oyster card. Thinking about it, it's actually really hard for me to put my finger where I actually spend all of my money (which is a bad thing). Some people budget a lot lot better.. with boring computer programmes which produce beautiful graphs for them, but they clearly have too much time on their hands

    This probably doesn't help whatsoever.. sorry
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    (Original post by taheki)
    I'm meant to live off £250 a month after accommodation.. and for me it's not possible. On the food front you should be able to keep costs down, but that's really not the main expense. In my opinion it all comes down to how often you go out and what you expect to do to have fun. Pretty much everyone I know gets far more money from their parents and is able to cope comfortably. I probably spend between £350 and £500 a month. As for travel, that's also a minimal expense.. just apply for halls which are within walking distance (most are) and you'll only have to use your oyster card for bus/tube when you want to go outside South Ken.
    To be brutally honest, Chemists don't have a particularly thrilling social life from the department side so you'll do most of your 'going out' with hall friends and any sports clubs/societies. That means it all depends on what the majority of your friends want to get up to. In the autumn term I was going out fairly frequently to bigger more upmarket london clubs which are really expensive even on student nights, because that's what the majority of people in my hall did. Now I spend more time and money at the union and cheaper clubs after it closes (it closes early) but I still spend a lot. I spend masses on fried chicken after nights out, but that's a lifestyle choice I'm sure most avoid.

    So all in all, besides food, my money pretty much goes on socialising and just a load of random regular expenses such as paying for the minibus to get to Harlington sports grounds, stuff for my course, a bit on oyster card. Thinking about it, it's actually really hard for me to put my finger where I actually spend all of my money (which is a bad thing). Some people budget a lot lot better.. with boring computer programmes which produce beautiful graphs for them, but they clearly have too much time on their hands

    This probably doesn't help whatsoever.. sorry
    Nah, that's almost exactly the sort of thing I was after, just a rough guide .
    The bit about going out was particularly helpful as well, cheers.
    I'm a lot like you at the moment, spending 50 pound p/w almost without fail, without paying for any essentials. I'm gonna have to work on the budgeting side of things :P but was good to hear an honest non completely economical student, thanks.
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    (Original post by taheki)
    I'm meant to live off £250 a month after accommodation.. and for me it's not possible. On the food front you should be able to keep costs down, but that's really not the main expense. In my opinion it all comes down to how often you go out and what you expect to do to have fun. Pretty much everyone I know gets far more money from their parents and is able to cope comfortably. I probably spend between £350 and £500 a month. As for travel, that's also a minimal expense.. just apply for halls which are within walking distance (most are) and you'll only have to use your oyster card for bus/tube when you want to go outside South Ken.
    To be brutally honest, Chemists don't have a particularly thrilling social life from the department side so you'll do most of your 'going out' with hall friends and any sports clubs/societies. That means it all depends on what the majority of your friends want to get up to. In the autumn term I was going out fairly frequently to bigger more upmarket london clubs which are really expensive even on student nights, because that's what the majority of people in my hall did. Now I spend more time and money at the union and cheaper clubs after it closes (it closes early) but I still spend a lot. I spend masses on fried chicken after nights out, but that's a lifestyle choice I'm sure most avoid.

    So all in all, besides food, my money pretty much goes on socialising and just a load of random regular expenses such as paying for the minibus to get to Harlington sports grounds, stuff for my course, a bit on oyster card. Thinking about it, it's actually really hard for me to put my finger where I actually spend all of my money (which is a bad thing). Some people budget a lot lot better.. with boring computer programmes which produce beautiful graphs for them, but they clearly have too much time on their hands

    This probably doesn't help whatsoever.. sorry
    What are the good clubs to go to :P It'd be great if you could tag them either cheap or expensive too Thanks :P
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    It depends how disciplined you are, I set myself a budget of £120 a week and have stuck to it at most five times out of 22 weeks. Others have spent around £60-£80 a week so yeah if you want to spend lower amounts you can.

    But of course the more you socialise etc. the more it will cost.
 
 
 
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