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    Hi! I'm planning on firming Nottingham for 2018 entry, and applying for medicine, I'm not planning on having a part time job due to the intense course.
    I just wanted to hear from current students on how much money would you spend (apart from accommodation and food) e.g. travel, books, going out, toiletries etc

    Of course this will vary for everyone but I just want to get rough ideas about everything Thanks!
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    Travel: Uni is within walking distance so pretty much nothing. I drive to go shopping and make the odd trip home but we'd be talking £20 in petrol per semester. Some universities or local bus services off free or reduced fare travel to students if this is necessary. Every now and then I'll take the train somewhere for a day out, which might be the odd £20-30 here and there. Across the year it's definitely no more than £100 on travel and I'd estimate far less than this. Of course some students are taking taxis and ubers everywhere, which will get expensive fast.

    Books: I read. A lot. I'm spending £50+ a month on fiction. As for actual textbooks, I haven't had to buy any this year. Libraries allow temporary access to books for free if I need them but in general the information is available online or in books I already own. Last year I purchased a few textbooks for my course because I wanted to. Again, we're talking no more than £100 for the year and it was optional. Only buy textbooks when you absolutely need them.

    Going out: I don't. I don't drink or party or any of that. So my costs here are £0. I lived with people last year who got the maximum amount of loan each semester and had used it all up within a month or two each time because they were going out so often. If you do want to spend money on alcohol or nights out then pace yourself. Set a budget that you can use each week, after you've subtracted necessary costs like food.

    Toiletries and cleaning products: Maybe £10-20 for the year? My mum started hoarding things like shower gel and deodorant when she knew I was going to uni so I was just restocking whenever I went home. If I hadn't, I wouldn't have expected to spend more than £50 throughout the year, with toilet paper being one of the more expensive things. Buying in bulk is always ideal, a pack of 18 washing up sponges for £1 in Wilkinson's gets you sorted and when you factor in that your house/flatmates can chip in with some of it you really don't need to budget much here. That said, I appreciate that girls will find this more expensive than guys.

    Other stuff:

    Phone bills: £20 per month, plain and simple

    Societies: Spent £150 for societies in my first year, £80 in my second year, with the main recurring cost being that I took up archery at £75 per year for membership. Spent an additional £240 in my first year on kit and £300 this year. Check to see what societies are available to you to see if this is something you want to budget for

    Subscription based services: Things like Netflix and Amazon Prime (students getting half price Prime is great) are worth factoring in

    Car/driving lessons: If you have a vehicle (be it a car or a bike) consider the upkeep costs. If you want to learn to drive, consider what that will cost. One of my housemates is continuing with driving lessons and I'm paying out tax and insurance on my car every year at uni.

    Emergency money: Don't spend all your money. If you find that later on in the year you need to buy a new phone or laptop you'll want to budget for this

    Clothes: I personally haven't bought any new clothes in the 2 years I've been at uni but plenty of people do. Even if you don't care about the latest fashions, clothes will age and need replacing.

    Costs associated with outfitting where you are living: This is a weird one. Whether you are staying in halls or private flats, odds are you won't quite have everything you need. A kettle and a toaster for example might need purchasing. That said you'll also have flatmates who can chip in and may even bring their own. If you don't take it with you, consider that you'll need to buy bedding.

    There's probably a bunch of other things I'm forgetting but I think that covers most of the stuff I spent out on, besides food and rent of course.
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    (Original post by jazz_xox_)
    Hi! I'm planning on firming Nottingham for 2018 entry, and applying for medicine, I'm not planning on having a part time job due to the intense course.
    I just wanted to hear from current students on how much money would you spend (apart from accommodation and food) e.g. travel, books, going out, toiletries etc

    Of course this will vary for everyone but I just want to get rough ideas about everything Thanks!
    Ngl, there are a lot of incindental costs that you aren't prepped for if you're really making the most of uni..

    Travel - random trips with friends, to visit friends at other unis, sports, conferences/meetups/events etc

    Societies - membership, ongoing contribution costs (e.g. if there are regular socials, events, activities)

    Books - could be an expense but the library is usually well stocked

    Going out - gets expensive very quickly.. the whole process of pres, drinks at the bar, post-nightout food and travel really racks up unless you're conscious of what's going where

    Events - balls, festivals, trips etc cost a decent penny a pop (at least here in Exeter). pretty standard for a ball to cost £35 to £65.

    Toiletries - not that expensive overall but can get out of hand if you're always shopping at boots on name brand stuff

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    I spend a lot vs other uni kids, so I'm not really representative.. but I'll bite.

    On trips to friends' and families' unis so far: ~£250.

    Weekly going out: £35-60/week (go out 2-3 times a week)

    Spent about £250 joining rowing (inc. rowing gear), £250 joining the gym, £150 on other socieities. Windsurfing and wakeboarding trips are £10-15 a pop. Been to 2 balls at £30 and £60 respectively.

    Toiletries like £10-15 every 2-3 weeks.

    Takeaways: lord knows haha

    Actually moving in (with travel, room decorations and bedding, initial food, some clothes etc) probably ~£600-700.

    I live in catered accomodation so don't really have a food budget.

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    Travel: £160 a month for seven months
    Food: £3.50 for a meal deal, sometimes make food at home, I don't spend much on food, don't really like eating
    Books: £0 (use library and take photos of the pages lmao)
    Societies: £10 upfront, a few costs for social events but I don't drink so save a lot of money due to this
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    At uni, for me travel is free by bus because I got a free bus pass with my accommodation. It pays for me to get to uni, work, town, everywhere pretty much. Next year though I'm in a house so I'll be buying a pass which will probably be between £150-£200 for the year (hopefully). Once or twice I've gotten an Uber like when going home for Christmas with heavy suitcases, it's easier in a car than on a bus. Otherwise I walk everywhere. Taking the train home costs £40 both ways with a railcard. I've only done this twice so far, and won't be doing it again for the rest of the academic year.

    Food - I've realised I spend more than I think on food. I make everything from scratch pretty much thinking it was cheaper, turns out making a new meal every day or every other day isn't as cheap as I'd like, so I'll be cutting back on that. I buy everything own-brand, except Nutella because that's amazing. It's so much cheaper buying own-brand and I have honestly noticed no difference with the majority of foods.

    Books - I have bought a few textbooks this year, around £20-£30 each because I sometimes find it easier to have a book in front of me instead of flicking between computer tabs when doing work. However my uni has almost everything online so it wasn't necessary for me to buy them, just a personal preference.

    Societies - my uni has crap societies. Unless you're religious or political, there's nothing for you. So I've not joined any and therefore my cost is zero.

    Toiletries - hardly anything. I brought a lot of stuff from home and as those things are gradually running out, I just replace with own brand things. Today for example I bought a big bottle of shower gel from Lidl for 33p. Will be just as good as a branded one. My shampoo cost something like 50p from Asda too. I buy own-brand make-up wipes too. Make-up itself is expensive, however I don't wear it everyday. I only really wear a full face when I go to work, and occasionally once or twice in the week, so I only have to buy make-up every few months so it isn't too expensive.

    Clothes - I have bought a few pieces of clothing, but really not many. I keep thinking the more I buy, the more I have to load in the car to take back with me. That stops me buying unnecessary clothes.

    Takeaways - never had one whilst at uni. I've only eaten out once, and that was for my birthday back in November. Even then it was only Nandos so not expensive.

    Going out - I don't go out. I've never been out (except for my birthday meal). I'm not a club person and I'm not a big drinker, therefore I save heaps of money.

    My phone is £24 a month which is decent. I pay for my TV license too but tbh I can't remember how much that is off the top of my head.

    I'm also paying for flights to see my boyfriend twice a year, so that takes up a fair chunk (he pays half which makes it easier). I'm pretty lucky that I get the maximum loan and I have a job too so I'm able to do that.

    I would definitely advise 100% buying own-brand products. Shampoo, loo roll, toothpaste, pasta sauces, ketchup, etc. It is way cheaper and easier to stick to a budget.
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    I took a load of toiletries with me when I left home; so I didn't need to buy any for a while. I've used Lidl own brand stuff and for the price, it's pretty decent.

    I didn't buy that many clothes. I had to buy myself a new waterproof jacket and new trainers at some point though.

    Your uni may have a second hand bookstore which has books from previous year students.
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    Medics tend to travel a lot to different hospitals, the medics I knew all had cars to go to different hospitals in Manchester.
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    (Original post by Tiger Rag)
    I took a load of toiletries with me when I left home; so I didn't need to buy any for a while. I've used Lidl own brand stuff and for the price, it's pretty decent.

    I didn't buy that many clothes. I had to buy myself a new waterproof jacket and new trainers at some point though.

    Your uni may have a second hand bookstore which has books from previous year students.
    Another vote for Lidl toiletries.
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    I wouldn't buy toiletries in Poundland though. There's nothing "wrong" with them. But it's cheaper to buy them elsewhere.
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    (Original post by jazz_xox_)
    Hi! I'm planning on firming Nottingham for 2018 entry, and applying for medicine, I'm not planning on having a part time job due to the intense course.
    I just wanted to hear from current students on how much money would you spend (apart from accommodation and food) e.g. travel, books, going out, toiletries etc

    Of course this will vary for everyone but I just want to get rough ideas about everything Thanks!
    For me:

    I spend around £30 a week on food

    £50 a month on working out, gym, boxing, sparring, everything, it's a good gym.

    Textbooks are expensive, like at least £40-60 each, normally need to buy like 3 of them per term. But unless they have some online resource coming with them, I started to buy used for cheaper this term (£40 total for 2 textbooks)

    Going out? £0 don't go out or drink at all

    Clothes? this will be expensive, I spent around £300 on clothes in my first semester. Because when you go to uni, you'll realise how little you have and you'll need more.

    There are a lot of unexpected costs like that that arise. So I'd advise having some money just in case an emergency happens.

    Travel? £0 live right outside the uni in private halls

    Phone? Pay as you go, and get my parents to call me, so the £10 credit in my phone has lasted since I arrived here in September

    Societies? I've spent £6, because you have to pay £3 or £4 on each society you wish to join at my uni, I've joined two (which have been a complete waste of time and I never attend any of their events).
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    At uni, for me travel is free by bus because I got a free bus pass with my accommodation. It pays for me to get to uni, work, town, everywhere pretty much. Next year though I'm in a house so I'll be buying a pass which will probably be between £150-£200 for the year (hopefully). Once or twice I've gotten an Uber like when going home for Christmas with heavy suitcases, it's easier in a car than on a bus. Otherwise I walk everywhere. Taking the train home costs £40 both ways with a railcard. I've only done this twice so far, and won't be doing it again for the rest of the academic year.

    Food - I've realised I spend more than I think on food. I make everything from scratch pretty much thinking it was cheaper, turns out making a new meal every day or every other day isn't as cheap as I'd like, so I'll be cutting back on that. I buy everything own-brand, except Nutella because that's amazing. It's so much cheaper buying own-brand and I have honestly noticed no difference with the majority of foods.

    Books - I have bought a few textbooks this year, around £20-£30 each because I sometimes find it easier to have a book in front of me instead of flicking between computer tabs when doing work. However my uni has almost everything online so it wasn't necessary for me to buy them, just a personal preference.

    Societies - my uni has crap societies. Unless you're religious or political, there's nothing for you. So I've not joined any and therefore my cost is zero.

    Toiletries - hardly anything. I brought a lot of stuff from home and as those things are gradually running out, I just replace with own brand things. Today for example I bought a big bottle of shower gel from Lidl for 33p. Will be just as good as a branded one. My shampoo cost something like 50p from Asda too. I buy own-brand make-up wipes too. Make-up itself is expensive, however I don't wear it everyday. I only really wear a full face when I go to work, and occasionally once or twice in the week, so I only have to buy make-up every few months so it isn't too expensive.

    Clothes - I have bought a few pieces of clothing, but really not many. I keep thinking the more I buy, the more I have to load in the car to take back with me. That stops me buying unnecessary clothes.

    Takeaways - never had one whilst at uni. I've only eaten out once, and that was for my birthday back in November. Even then it was only Nandos so not expensive.

    Going out - I don't go out. I've never been out (except for my birthday meal). I'm not a club person and I'm not a big drinker, therefore I save heaps of money.

    My phone is £24 a month which is decent. I pay for my TV license too but tbh I can't remember how much that is off the top of my head.

    I'm also paying for flights to see my boyfriend twice a year, so that takes up a fair chunk (he pays half which makes it easier). I'm pretty lucky that I get the maximum loan and I have a job too so I'm able to do that.

    I would definitely advise 100% buying own-brand products. Shampoo, loo roll, toothpaste, pasta sauces, ketchup, etc. It is way cheaper and easier to stick to a budget.
    Thanks so much! I'll also be on the maximum loan but won't have any contributions from home, so knowing that you are too has eased my mind! Would you say you 'need' a job for the money, or was this mainly to help pay for your flights?
    Thanks again
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    Thanks so much! I'll also be on the maximum loan but won't have any contributions from home, so knowing that you are too has eased my mind! Would you say you 'need' a job for the money, or was this mainly to help pay for your flights?
    Thanks again
    Definitely don't need a job. I was already working during A-Levels so it was really easy to just transfer to my local store at uni. It's just a bit of extra money. I only work 4-8 hours so it isn't much but just an extra something, especially in case of emergencies or unexpected payments. I recommend it though because it gives you a bit of time each week to switch off from uni work.
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    Definitely don't need a job. I was already working during A-Levels so it was really easy to just transfer to my local store at uni. It's just a bit of extra money. I only work 4-8 hours so it isn't much but just an extra something, especially in case of emergencies or unexpected payments. I recommend it though because it gives you a bit of time each week to switch off from uni work.
    Ahh okay I understand, thank you!
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    (Original post by jazz_xox_)
    Thanks so much! I'll also be on the maximum loan but won't have any contributions from home, so knowing that you are too has eased my mind! Would you say you 'need' a job for the money, or was this mainly to help pay for your flights?
    Thanks again
    As a medic your costs will probably be higher than the average student, especially travel to placements. You might also have to buy some specialist clothing/equipment for these.

    You do still get the long summer break as a med student. If you're short of cash, you can earn a decent chunk of money, even working part time/min wage over this period, which you could put aside for the next year?
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    As a medic your costs will probably be higher than the average student, especially travel to placements. You might also have to buy some specialist clothing/equipment for these.

    You do still get the long summer break as a med student. If you're short of cash, you can earn a decent chunk of money, even working part time/min wage over this period, which you could put aside for the next year?
    Ahh yes I did think it may need extra expenses, and I'd definitely consider a job in the long summer if it becomes necessary! Thanks so much
 
 
 

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