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    Hi,

    So I am starting uni in September, and I am moving outside of London to live in a campus. I have a few questions to those who have already been to uni and those that are currently in uni. I want to know all the necessities that I need to buy before I move into campus to have from the first day. But also what sort of costs do you guys think that I will have to pay attention to and the amounts of the costs. So for example. Food - £... I want to know what sort of things I need to buy throught my uni life and how much it will cost just so that I know what sort of stuff I will need to budget with or pay for.

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    (Original post by Karol2573)
    Hi,

    So I am starting uni in September, and I am moving outside of London to live in a campus. I have a few questions to those who have already been to uni and those that are currently in uni. I want to know all the necessities that I need to buy before I move into campus to have from the first day. But also what sort of costs do you guys think that I will have to pay attention to and the amounts of the costs. So for example. Food - £... I want to know what sort of things I need to buy throught my uni life and how much it will cost just so that I know what sort of stuff I will need to budget with or pay for.

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    You can buy most stuff once you get there, most uni cities will have some to get your bedding and kitchen essentials cheapily. As for food, i always budgeted around £25 a week but i presume london living could make it more expensive.
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    thanks eden for the links but im looking for something as to expenses throughout uni. as in how much do you presume food will be. any money spent on social things like going out whatever, books i dont know
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    Wha tim looking for is essentials that i will need to pay for during my stay at uni. stuff like weekly payments for food. any payments towards school equipment such as text books and how much they might cost. Absolutely anything and how much i would have to pay for them on a weekly/monthly basis.

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    food - £25 should do you per week, you might want to stick an extra £10 a month or so to cover cleaning stuff/toiletries/pens etc
    books - wait and see, on most courses you don't need to buy anything
    societies - check out a list online for your uni and find out the fees of any you want to join as they can vary from £5-hundreds

    further than that you need to sort out what you personally will want to spend... if you've got hobbies/sports you need to think what you will spend on those in a year, if you like buying clothes etc you need to think what you want to budget and as far as socialising goes it depends on how you like to socialise and how often you want to do it
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    (Original post by Karol2573)
    Hi,

    So I am starting uni in September, and I am moving outside of London to live in a campus. I have a few questions to those who have already been to uni and those that are currently in uni. I want to know all the necessities that I need to buy before I move into campus to have from the first day. But also what sort of costs do you guys think that I will have to pay attention to and the amounts of the costs. So for example. Food - £... I want to know what sort of things I need to buy throught my uni life and how much it will cost just so that I know what sort of stuff I will need to budget with or pay for.

    Regards,
    Karol
    You'll need to pay a deposit for your accommodation (if you haven't already) they usually give you about 2 weeks to pay this, and if you don't pay in time you lose the room and you have to apply again. Deposits for student accommodations are usually in the £350+ area give or take.

    Make sure you budget and know when your accommodation payments will be coming out of your bank account. You want to make sure you have money in there to pay when they're due.

    Unless you're definitely being driven to your university accommodation by friends or family (or drive yourself) I wouldn't buy everything you need for accommodation in advance in case you have to make your own way there.

    But things you'll need (though check with your accommodation as some will include some of these):

    Bedding
    Toiletries
    Towels
    Kitchenware (pots/pans ect)
    Cutlery, crockery and glasses

    Some people wait until they move into their accommodation before buying kitchenware to check if their flatmates want to buy things together so there isn't like 7 frying pans unnecessarily. But some people prefer having their own stuff. Also remember accommodation kitchens are usually quite small and sometimes quite a few people share them, so they can get cramped. So I would advise to only get the bare basics until you've settled in and see what you really need and have space for.

    I personally bought my bedding from Wilko, I think my duvet was like £8 and the pillows were £4 each, pretty cheap. For duvet covers and mattress sheets I would recommend TJ Hughes if you have one near you, they're the cheapest place for bedding sets where you can get the mattress cover, pillow covers and duvet cover for around £10 most other places you're looking at around £20 for the whole set.

    I bought a frying pan, saucepan, spatulas ect from Asda during my first food shop when I moved into accommodation in first year. I bought the cheaper range and they did the job. I'd say have a look on some websites like asda, argos ect for prices and see what you need and what your budget is.

    I also bought my towels from asda but you can buy them cheap also in places like primark, Wilko and TJ Hughes.

    I got my plates, cutlery and glasses/mugs from wilko as well. Around summer and August time and straight through to September and October Wilko usually bring out a 12 piece basic crockery set (4 little plates, 4 dinner plates and 4 bowls) aimed at students, when I bought by set it was only £5. You can also buy individual plates and bowls in there if you don't see the need in buying a whole set.

    I also bought a 12 piece cutlery stainless steel set in wilko for like £1.75, nothing fancy but solid metal and did the job and didn't break.

    You can also buy individual mugs and glasses in there cheaply or buy sets. I'd say wilko is probably the cheapest place for stuff like that.

    Now those are all the essentials, but you may want to take things to make your room feel more homely and comfortable such as fluffy blankets, photos ect. I personally travel, pack and live light so I don't have very much of this stuff. And it's proved useful not having a bunch of unnecessary crap with moving around a lot through university. As remember you'll be moving probably once a year for the next 3 or 4 years depending on course length.

    You'll need to budget in your second year accommodation r housing deposit this year as well. Most students tend to start looking for second year housing between December and February and depending on the city places can go really fast. If you go into shared housing deposits can range from £100 per person to 2 months rent. You also need to be aware a lot (though not all) shared house tenancy agreements start during summer and you may need to in that case start paying rent before you next student finance payment comes through. For this reason I always advise students apply for student account with an overdraft and increase it when they can. I have an overdraft of £1500, thankfully I've never needed to go more than £700 into it, but they're great at taking the worry off being able to pay for things in advance before student finance comes through.

    For food I tend to spend around £20-25 a week. There is no real reason unless you have very specific dietary needs (needs not wants) to spend more than £30 a week on food. All it takes is a little budgeting and quick planning.

    When I used to go out clubbing (no longer a fan really) I'd usually not spend more than £10 while out. But bare in mind that my accommodation was in walking distance of the clubs so I didn't need to spend money on taxis I also very rarely went into clubs where you have to pay entry(waste of money in my opiion) and I mostly pre-drank in the flats with friends. (one bottle of vodka could last a good 4-5 nights out worth of pre drinks and only costs about £15-20 + £1 for mixer per night out.

    I tend to only go to pubs now and spend around £20 per visit, I don't go out that often so I've budgeted £60 a month (£80 during September and less during summer) for going out. But since I don't go out often this money often goes in misc purchases instead.

    I try to avoid buying lunch and snacks and coffee for uni when I'm out, because while £3 here and there may not seem like much. It sure adds up if you're buying it every day. It can end up costing you and extra £20 a week, which can add up to over £800 over the course of your contact time at uni per year. So where possible I'd advise making packed lunches and buying snacks in multipacks or making your own to save money. It really doesn't take much time or planning at all. And if you must have a coffee at uni invest in a flask and make your own, much cheaper than the £4 you'd spend at starbucks or costa.

    I then have a budget of around £20 a week on miscellaneous, this may be buying clothes one week or going out to eat another. But it all seems to even out in my budget to around £20 a week.

    You may also want to take into account transport. Be this during term time or travel home. I personally buy a city bus pass at £120 per term, which saves a lot of money.

    So anyway my budget looks something like this:

    Rent £2.7k annually (I live in a cheap house share)
    Bills £500 annually.
    Food £100-120 monthly
    Transport £120 bi annually + travel home costs
    Going out £60-80 a month (but often underspend so may be spent on eating out instead).
    Clothing £20 a month
    Toiletries £5 a month
    Savings £86 a month+ any left over unspent money.

    For reference I live on around 8k per year and save around £1.2k of that.

    Your costs, especially accommodation may vary a lot to mine.
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    (Original post by Karol2573)
    Hi,

    So I am starting uni in September, and I am moving outside of London to live in a campus. I have a few questions to those who have already been to uni and those that are currently in uni. I want to know all the necessities that I need to buy before I move into campus to have from the first day. But also what sort of costs do you guys think that I will have to pay attention to and the amounts of the costs. So for example. Food - £... I want to know what sort of things I need to buy throught my uni life and how much it will cost just so that I know what sort of stuff I will need to budget with or pay for.

    Regards,
    Karol
    Hello Karol

    Congratulations on starting university in September. The queries you have a completely normal and understandable - I will try and help you to the best of my ability. I am about to go into my third year at university - I've lived in halls on campus and lived in a student house.

    I'll start off with costs. Before I starting first year I did a 'practice' shop to see how much I'd need to spend when living on my own. I planned out my meals and went shopping and spent around £20 for a weeks shop on my own. This could vary sometimes depending on meals or what I was getting but generally, it was always around the same price.
    After a couple of months I started shopping with three other people in my halls - we did a weekly shop together and ended up spending around £10 on a shop. This was decent as we did it online and shared the cooking responsibilites.
    In second year at university I lived in a student house and continued to do a shop with the people I lived with, never spending more than £15 a week on a shop - but sometimes these shops could lost nearly two weeks - it just depends.

    Essentials for university? When it comes to it, kitchen stuff is a basic. Plates, bowls, cutlery and these basics. As well as pots and pans and other little basics - there are extensive lists on line if you want to know more.
    General cleaning items are a good idea, surface wipes, window cleaners and air freshers so that you can keep your room tidy and looking nice - especially if you still something in your room and what not.
    For your room at university make sure you take home comforts and what not. It's difficult to say what 'essentials' you need for your room because it's different for every person and depends on the accommodation you're staying in but as I've mentioned, there are multiple lists online that can help you!

    Best of luck!
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    You may find that in regards to food, you spend a bit a more in the first few weeks, trying to find out what you do and don't like.

    If you can, also have a budget for emergency things.

    Part of what you need to buy, depends on the course you do. I, for example, didn't really need any textbooks. And now, you can probably get most books in the form of e-books, which might be cheaper.
 
 
 
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