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hic sunt leones
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As I prepare myself for coming to Warwick for a first year ( BSc Management)I want to have financial aspect sorted out and I am just wondering what are your typical living expenses when living on campus.
How much did you spend on your textbooks and staff at the start of the term?
Can you give me your average expenditures on food, learning materials etc.?
We have this in the guide for international students but I trust students more than academic officers
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Well textbooks vary on price and how many... mine were about £70-80, but some can be a lot more when they add up.

Food varies. I never before quite realised how amazing tesco value range is, and my traitorous feet lead me straight to the reduced section every time i walk in there, so you can eat very cheaply indeed. My budget this year however was £30 a week on entertainment/going out, and the same again on food and living expenses.

But thats just me. Hope that helped a bit.
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You can live very cheaply if you are careful when food shopping. Plan meals ahead and write shopping lists stick to them and budgets will not spiral out of control. I spent about £30 a week on food but I did not really follow any of the advice I just gave you. As for going out/entertainment most weeks I found £10 was enough for me but i don't drink much, perhaps more if going out involved a bus into Cov/Leamington. Most people spend a small fortune on drinking though.
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Books - £100 (compsci) for the year
Alcohol/Events - £10-20 a week
Shopping & Eating - £20-30 a week

If your really into the student union, i strongly suggest you buy a platinum card (£250 last year) which allows free entry all year. It also acts as a queue-jump. Whilst it seems a rip-off, as long as you goto the big gigs and TopB/Score/Time Tunnel/Skool Dayz most weeks, you'll soon get your money back. It also includes a free freshers ball ticket.
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Drinking prices on the campus are a ripoff. It does fund all the sporting clubs etc, which is good. But they aren't student prices, other than one day a week (Topb - monday). Luckily you have varsity on thursday (but that took a long time to get to a high popularity level this year).
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My books were £30 each.

Drinking will cost you a lot... but eating is cheap enough if you go to tesco instead of costcutter
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(Original post by timekeeper)
Books - £100 (compsci) for the year
Alcohol/Events - £10-20 a week
Shopping & Eating - £20-30 a week

If your really into the student union, i strongly suggest you buy a platinum card (£250 last year) which allows free entry all year. It also acts as a queue-jump. Whilst it seems a rip-off, as long as you goto the big gigs and TopB/Score/Time Tunnel/Skool Dayz most weeks, you'll soon get your money back. It also includes a free freshers ball ticket.
Im not so sure about the platinum card, on calculation we only just broke even, although did make things more convinient and on balance was probs a good move.

Books vary wildly from the 120 quid or so i spent to a friend doing economics spending nearly 400. Food can be 20-30 a week if you avoid the temptations of eating out, i cant see how you spent that little mr timekeeper, i have a feeling that figure may be slightly deflated. As for the going out that can vary wildly week on week and depends if your a heavy drinker or not. If your not youll be rolling in it, if like me you are and on really big nights spend as much as £35 then it can really hit the wallet hard. My other major expense was from my sports clubs, in particular Warwick Motorsport, which being a regular in isnt exactly cheap, and the BUKC races costing 70 quid a meeting plus fuel. All this also doesnt include any impulse or semi impulse purchases that the internet can tempt you with. Furthermore as a result of this i had several good friends who lived in leamington, so ended up spending rather a large amount on busses, as stagecoach rip you off for singles and i often stayed overnight as whatever we were doing would run late into the night. It all adds up. All that said, if you eat very sensibly and tuck yourself away and do nothing but work all year you can live very cheaply indeed.
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(Original post by spark911)
Drinking prices on the campus are a ripoff. It does fund all the sporting clubs etc, which is good. But they aren't student prices, other than one day a week (Topb - monday). Luckily you have varsity on thursday (but that took a long time to get to a high popularity level this year).
You kidding Ant?! Loxley hit Varsity hard from week 2, and it was rammed when we got there! 1st term you couldnt even get to the bar before last orders! Popularity dipped in 2nd term though, and final term it was pretty much dead in comparison.
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You kidding Ant?! Loxley hit Varsity hard from week 2, and it was rammed when we got there! 1st term you couldnt even get to the bar before last orders! Popularity dipped in 2nd term though, and final term it was pretty much dead in comparison.
Thank you for all your replies! I feel relieved a bit.. I don't fancy drinking alcohol that much so I may remove it from my expenses list
btw do you know if there are any part -time job opportunities on campus? Do you know anyone who did so? have they found it through unitemps as well?
Cheers!
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(Original post by hic sunt leones)
Thank you for all your replies! I feel relieved a bit.. I don't fancy drinking alcohol that much so I may remove it from my expenses list
btw do you know if there are any part -time job opportunities on campus? Do you know anyone who did so? have they found it through unitemps as well?
Cheers!
Lots of part time jobs avaliable. Bar work is the obvious one. Also Arts Centre stewarding is another. Lots of people do work through uni temps as telephone operators and things like that too.
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(Original post by aza484)
You kidding Ant?! Loxley hit Varsity hard from week 2, and it was rammed when we got there! 1st term you couldnt even get to the bar before last orders! Popularity dipped in 2nd term though, and final term it was pretty much dead in comparison.
Yeah but it wasnt until near the end where I was forced 3-4 weeks in a row to stand in the carpark! It was packed inside, as Westwood used it mostly, but the rest of the uni took most of the year to join in to what it finished on.
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(Original post by hic sunt leones)
Thank you for all your replies! I feel relieved a bit.. I don't fancy drinking alcohol that much so I may remove it from my expenses list
btw do you know if there are any part -time job opportunities on campus? Do you know anyone who did so? have they found it through unitemps as well?
Cheers!
Yeah I work for Union Events, so I was on the bar at our (and Birmingham's) graduate ball, and now the opportunity to work union bar if i want.

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Yeah but it wasnt until near the end where I was forced 3-4 weeks in a row to stand in the carpark! It was packed inside, as Westwood used it mostly, but the rest of the uni took most of the year to join in to what it finished on.
Westwood did own Varsity thursdays...
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Westwood did own Varsity thursdays...
Yea, because it's actually called Warsitywood!
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Just to break up the Westwood love-in...

For campus jobs, you need to check the union website in september, and you need to keep an eye on www.unitemps.com for the better paid temporary jobs.
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