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    I will be starting university in Plymouth in September. With my student loan and some money I've saved, I'll be able to pay the rent for halls of residence and have enough for around £50 a week, is it enough? I've spoken to friends that have told me that they have while others tell me they spend a lot more?
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    If your name is Iain Duncan Smith then probably.
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    (Original post by rrazzaq)
    I will be starting university in Plymouth in September. With my student loan and some money I've saved, I'll be able to pay the rent for halls of residence and have enough for around £50 a week, is it enough? I've and friends have told me that they have while others tell me they spend a lot more?
    your going to get exactly the same here.
    personally that is about how much I live of and I'm fine I also know people who couldn't imagine having to live off so little and people who live off less
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    (Original post by boba)
    your going to get exactly the same here.
    personally that is about how much I live of and I'm fine I also know people who couldn't imagine having to live off so little and people who live off less
    Which university do you go to? if i can ask haha
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    £50 is enough to live, but you probably won't be able to afford to go out every night or shop for clothes every week.

    Good food can be bought for £20 a week, if you're being careful you can do it for £10 a week.
    This is if you make you own food and take your own drinks to uni and don't spend £5 a day on coffee alone.

    Your bills should be paid for in your accommodation so then you need to take into account cosmetics such as body cream and sprays and tooth paste and also your phone bill.

    You can do it, and if you need to you could take up a part time job or sign up to societies to have a wider social life.
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    (Original post by rrazzaq)
    Which university do you go to? if i can ask haha
    keele university. I have friends from home who go universities across the country and it seems to be a pretty similar story the thing that seems to vary the most is rent but you say this is worked out after rent so that shouldn't matter.
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    Yeah it's fine. As others have said, can get by on £20 a week food leaving £30 for whatever you want.
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    (Original post by boba)
    keele university. I have friends from home who go universities across the country and it seems to be a pretty similar story the thing that seems to vary the most is rent but you say this is worked out after rent so that shouldn't matter.
    Ah ok i guess lots of people will be in that situation, still guess there'll be a few who are very comfortable :P
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    No, But £53 a week is enough apparently....
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    Yeah sure, just buy a big bag of pasta, some chopped tomatoes, Chicken and chilli. Nothing like spicy pasta

    It's enough to live, but not exactly extravagantly
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    I assume it does not include bills so yeh thats a lot of money
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    (Original post by sharp910sh)
    I assume it does not include bills so yeh thats a lot of money
    No it doesn't include bills! I wouldn't say it's a lot of money though?
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    Are you saying your £50 a week includes food? I am planning what to budget for and was thinking £50 a week excluding food...is that over the top?
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    (Original post by Will's mum)
    Are you saying your £50 a week includes food? I am planning what to budget for and was thinking £50 a week excluding food...is that over the top?
    Yeah I'll be paying about £120 a week for accommodation, and then that leaves £50 for everything else? Like food and going out! Where do you plan to go though? London will cost a lot more!
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    (Original post by rrazzaq)
    Yeah I'll be paying about £120 a week for accommodation, and then that leaves £50 for everything else? Like food and going out! Where do you plan to go though? London will cost a lot more!
    If you have the option of cheaper accommodation, I would take it, as I'd rather have slightly grottier accomm and have more money to spend. But £50pw is possible, you'll just have to be careful
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    Yes it is. As with the £53 a week thing - that's for living costs after rent and bills, sorry that our taxes won't fund smoking/drinking habits - you have enough for food and that's the main thing. Students aren't exactly known for living a life of luxury, if you want to go out a lot and buy loads of clothes then you get a part time job. Often your uni may offer some sorts of jobs like being a student ambassador, these roles actually pay really well. I do one called Pathways to Law and I get paid £9 per hour just to tell sixth formers about law etc. You'll definitely find something
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    (Original post by rrazzaq)
    Yeah I'll be paying about £120 a week for accommodation, and then that leaves £50 for everything else? Like food and going out! Where do you plan to go though? London will cost a lot more!
    Early days, son is applying to Oxford, was planning to pay his accommodation and food and give him £50 for everything else, like socialising and ....whatever...?
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    (Original post by Will's mum)
    Early days, son is applying to Oxford, was planning to pay his accommodation and food and give him £50 for everything else, like socialising and ....whatever...?
    Why don't you let Will work out what he needs? If not you may as well not let him move out at all.
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    (Original post by RibenaRockstar)
    Why don't you let Will work out what he needs? If not you may as well not let him move out at all.
    Haha, just planning a budget that's all!
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    (Original post by rrazzaq)
    I will be starting university in Plymouth in September. With my student loan and some money I've saved, I'll be able to pay the rent for halls of residence and have enough for around £50 a week, is it enough? I've spoken to friends that have told me that they have while others tell me they spend a lot more?
    Hi,

    I currently live on £60 a week and this is just about right. Generally, my food for the week averages £20-25, I can do a night out for a £10 and then have a bit over sometimes for extras. obviously some weeks I spend more than this, some weeks less. What I've found useful this year is putting say a hundred pounds in your bank account, and then trying to live off of sixty pounds a week. If I need more money, I generally just transfer a bit from my savings account to my current account
 
 
 
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