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    I was wondering just how much I am likely to need to get me through a term at Lancaster. I have the money for tuition and accomodation, but I am working through the summer to get money to actually live on. problem is, I absolutely hate my job, and there's not a hope in hell of me getting another one where I live. Considering I will have no loans or grants, unless I get the scholarship, but I don't drink at all, how far would a thousand pounds get me? Another three weeks would take me up to that level, and I want to quit when I have enough. I know that living expenses vary from student to student, but a rough estimate please?
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    oo thats a tricky question. It really does vary between person to person. It depends a lot on your hobbies. You say you don't drink so that my main expense that you won't have!
    Think about your lifestyle, what type of food do you eat? Go shopping with your parents and see what you would buy and work it out, as an estimate for a week or two. This will give you an idea of how much you will need for food. I buy sainsburys basic barley meat food. So i spend very little but people really do vary, my mate is a vegitarian and it costs her a fortune!
    What else do you do? for example my brother brought laods of DVDs while he was at uni, and spent a load on that.
    And if you wanna join any societies, you need money for that and the activities or whatever are put on.
    Also what you drink when your out, for example if you always have red bull, it will cost you a fortune where as water would be free.
    It really does depend, but there are a few things that you should think about
    Hope this helps vaguely
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    Depends how much you want to socialise / drink / go out.
    I am not a great social animal, and on a cheap week I spend about £40 altogether. That includes food. On a dear week (if I have been out once or twice, or had a lot of presents to buy etc) I can spend £80.
    So in a typical term last year I got through maybe £600-700.
    Some of my friends spent a lot more, especially the ones who like new clothes and shoes, some spent a bit less.
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    I get by on £40 a week roughly including food.

    And why the hell are you not getting a loan???!!
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    My dad won't let me get a loan, since he doesn't want me in debt. He's retiring in the next few months through, so hopefully next year I can get a grant. Being not much of a going out person, this is kinda making me feel better. So I guess I will just hang on for as long as I can for work.
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    (Original post by philip67)
    Also what you drink when your out, for example if you always have red bull, it will cost you a fortune where as water would be free.
    wait... the water is free in your clubs? :p:
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    A glass of tap water would be. A bottle of water would cost you something, I think.
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    (Original post by Teao the Cat)
    My dad won't let me get a loan, since he doesn't want me in debt.
    It's really silly not to get a loan though. If you don't need it or don't want to use it, put it in an ISA and make loads of interest on it.
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    ye tap water is free. Teao your right botteled does cost a bit!
    Wow you all spend so little, on a cheap week i spend £60 ish, on an expensive week £100.
    But i do go out like three times a week at minimum!
    And i passed my first year, so its all gravy :P!
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    i went out alot so i got through at least £80 a week. if you buy things like meat in bulk and freeze it in individual portions then you can get some good offers. depends if you get a job at uni aswell though!
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    Hoping to get a job at uni- I'd love to get something on campus, but i'm guessing that it's next to impossible for first years!
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    Is your dad going to give you the equivalent of the loan amount? If not then get the loan. I understand people who get the money from their parents, but if you don't then you really should get it. Everyone is going to be in debt after uni, it's just the way it is.
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    i know what you mean, i wouldnt mind a little bit of help from my parents but i wouldnt want them to pay for my tuition and loans because i want to be independant. instead of getting job im joining the UOTC(university officer training corp) that way i can keep fit, get paid for it and enjoy it at the same time, cant get any better than that!!
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    (Original post by Teao the Cat)
    Hoping to get a job at uni- I'd love to get something on campus, but i'm guessing that it's next to impossible for first years!
    No, as long as you are quick in applying, there's always jobs for 1st years in the college bars or at the spar
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    if you want the best job ever join the OTC (officer training corps) search on google for that if your interested, or just ask me!
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    im gonna join, looks ace!! not only will i enjoy it i will get paid for it as well!! getting paid to do something that i enjoy cant get any better than that!!
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    i budgeted myself for £700 a term (£70 a week) and i was left with about £200 at the end of each term, bar first term because i didn't budget that well. freshers week will be your most expensive and tehn as phil said clubs and societies will be ready to take a chunk of your loan.

    for example i'm part of the hockey club...
    £17.50 to join the club
    £24 for the standard sports centre membership (which you're meant to have to be able to use the astroturf)
    £20 for a shirt (you have to buy a new one each season)
    £30 (optional) for a club jacket
    £20ish (again, optional) for a club hoodie
    so that equates to a nice £100 or thereabouts.
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    Well, I'm not particularly sporty, so I don't think the sports centre will be seeing much of me! Nice walk around campus is good enough fro my exercise!
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    haha i agree to that. But only walk to where you need to, as a last resort, always try to get someone to carry you first! Doesn't often work tho
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    Moneys ohh dear!
    Well hopefully Im gonna become a busker next year and earn money by playing to random pugs in the halls .
    Yes voopem, it is the law that any establishment selling food or drink must provide at least some form of free water.
    Hoodies and shirts and stuff, can see most of the money is gonna be spent there.
    Drink, yes yes yes, lots of that too .
 
 
 
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