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Reply 1
Yes that's more than enough! £60-80 a week makes for comfortable living, anything above that is a life of student luxury :wink:
Reply 2
Thanks. I'll be 23 when I go to Uni and really want to have enough money saved up, so that when I do graduate i'll hopefully have the £10k to fall back on when I get a job.

I really want to live as best I can whilst at Uni and don't want to be the 'typical' student who has to live off pot noodles all the time. I'm hoping any extra money I get over the next year will go towards my weekly spending at Uni.
Reply 3
wesetters
Mate, you can live comfortably on £20...


Thats what I was going to say.

You should know that the average student only uses £20-£30 on a food budget. £100 is more then enough.
I budgeted in £100/week for Uni - to include car costs, harp lessons (which are stupidly expensive), transport, food, going out, sheet music etc. I work during term time, plus I work every single holiday period full time so that I can afford harpy stuff.

I rarely end up spending more than £60, although it seems as though all the big erroneous costs like to pop up together - last week I had to pay my car insurance renewal, car tax, MOT and service! Went WAY above what I'd budgeted unfortunately... Not a nice feeling!

What I do, is take out £100 each week, and any cash that's leftover, I pay into my ISA so that I'm saving everything I don't use, thereby earning more interest :smile:
Reply 5
im planning on living off of £60 a week and thats for food, going out, and all the other bits and bobs i will need.

thats spread out accross the entire year (52 weeks) so that i don't have to work druing the holidays :biggrin: (i hope)
Reply 6
I wish I had £100 per week...

Food for me varies between £15-£30 per week, toiletries around £5 per month. Socialising is where it differs for everyone though... I know some people who'll spend maybe £100 per week just on a social life, but the majority of people live quite happily with less than £30 per week - or much less if you don't drink!
Really, £100 should be more than enough!

Oh, and Pot Noodles tend to be quite expensive for a student's budget, so I'd recommend trying Tesco's 8p noodles instead :wink:
tesco noodles is the future, if ya add a bit of chicken gravvy to it (thats if ya have the chicken flavour) it is gorgeous
Reply 8
It depends if you include accomodation in it, but even with accomodation in a pretty expensive area, I wouldnt expect you to push £100
i plan to spend £100 i n 30 weeks at uni
food= £15
Socialising= £65
Travel=£10
other= £10

save 1500 over the summer, 800 left from the loan, 700 from an overdraft or get a part time job!
It hard to keep to your budget in the first week of living.
If you living away from home you tend to forgot some stuff including dish towel, food storage box - very useful and stuffs.

I spents £20-£30 on food cause I don't tend to buy frozen food. per week.
And £10-£20 for clubbing. but it not every week.
Around £50 a week. Max it £70.

But my spending is £30 this week, £10 next week and £80 after and back to £20 etc....
depnds what part of the country ur in tho innit.
Reply 12
Yeah it does depend. I can manage on £15 a week if I have to, £6-10 on food, £5 on going out.
Living in Preston though so living costs are cheap.
Reply 13
I'll be on £500 a month, although that's on top of the maintenance grant and loan. It depends on your lifestyle, really. Personally, I spent £50 a week just on booze and clubs, but I'm a bad example :P
Reply 14
cpj1987
Yeah it does depend. I can manage on £15 a week if I have to, £6-10 on food, £5 on going out.
Living in Preston though so living costs are cheap.


FIVE POUNDS on going out???!?!! HOW do you manage that? It costs me more than a fiver for one drink in some of the places I go lol. Pretty much impossible to spend less than £30 on a night out, in my experience.
Reply 15
100£ per week is plenty. I live in London and I roughly spend about 15-20£ a week for food, then maybe 20£ for socializing and 10£ for travel (live next to uni, so usually just walk everywhere). I'd say 50£pw is alright amount, means you eat well and socialize a bit and can buy some cheap clothes every once in a while.
Reply 16
crema
100£ per week is plenty. I live in London and I roughly spend about 15-20£ a week for food, then maybe 20£ for socializing and 10£ for travel (live next to uni, so usually just walk everywhere). I'd say 50£pw is alright amount, means you eat well and socialize a bit and can buy some cheap clothes every once in a while.


What part of London do you live in and what uni?
Reply 17
Cage
FIVE POUNDS on going out???!?!! HOW do you manage that? It costs me more than a fiver for one drink in some of the places I go lol. Pretty much impossible to spend less than £30 on a night out, in my experience.


Yeah living costs around here are pretty damn cheap lol, on student nights entry to a club is £1, as are drinks, so I can get in and have 4 drinks on a night, it's do-able.
Guess I'm lucky. Where I used to live drinks bordered on £5 each and I was so shocked to move to Preston and find I could go out for £5 instead of £30!
Reply 18
cpj1987
Yeah living costs around here are pretty damn cheap lol, on student nights entry to a club is £1, as are drinks, so I can get in and have 4 drinks on a night, it's do-able.
Guess I'm lucky. Where I used to live drinks bordered on £5 each and I was so shocked to move to Preston and find I could go out for £5 instead of £30!


*Cage moves to Preston*.

We have a student night at our local club with £1 entry, but drinks prices are high enough that you'd still need at least £20. Wish I lived there lol.
Reply 19
Cage
FIVE POUNDS on going out???!?!! HOW do you manage that? It costs me more than a fiver for one drink in some of the places I go lol. Pretty much impossible to spend less than £30 on a night out, in my experience.


When drinking, I can spend as little as £1 on pints, £2.50 on double whisky + coke etc. - it just depends on which nights and where you go out.
When not drinking, I can spend 80p-£1.50 per drink.

So really, it's very easy to keep those costs down, just as long as you're careful with where you go on what night, and what you drink.