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Jess.1819
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How much to do you spend on food a week?

How many times do you go out a week? (Drinking, meals with friends etc.) when not in lockdown obviously.

How much extra money do you roughly need for clothes / subscriptions / fuel or transport etc. per month? (NOT including accommodation cost)
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It really depends on where your uni is
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It really depends on where your uni is
It’s a general question for different answers that I can get an average from so any location would be fine. The uni I’m going to is in a cheaper location but more expensive estimates would be fine as I’d rather have more money than I need than not enough.
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Maybe £40-45 a week on food, including alcohol (usually a litre bottle of something). Going out, £5 tops on a ticket and maybe £10-15 in the club. That’d be once a week. £10-15 on extras per week. Know how much you have to spend overall and you’ll be good. You’ll budget completely, you’ll know exactly what you’ll be spending, and then you’ll get to uni and it’ll all go out the window.
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Hi Jess.1819

I have been living in London for 3 years now and this definitely has changed a lot through the years. When I was in halls I would probably spend £25/week on food. When I got my Tastecard, I went out to eat a lot more because of the 241 deals etc. Going out to eat/ clubbing would probably be another £100/month for me. I had a few jobs at uni that were 0 hour, so when I wanted something (clothes etc) I would just pick up more shifts. I worked in a night club, restaurant and for the uni and by far had the best experience working for the uni. Looking into an ambassador scheme at your uni would be a great way to earn extra money and experience.

Hopefully this is helpful to you

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(Original post by Jess.1819)
How much to do you spend on food a week?

How many times do you go out a week? (Drinking, meals with friends etc.) when not in lockdown obviously.

How much extra money do you roughly need for clothes / subscriptions / fuel or transport etc. per month? (NOT including accommodation cost)
Hey!

As someone else has said this is entirely dependant on the University you are attending, and personal preference.
I however, also had this question before I started and used the Which? student finance calculator to help give me a rough idea, you can select your university and it will give you an average student spending pattern. You can also adjust it to reflect your personal circumstances and it may help give you a rough idea.

This is the link: https://www.which.co.uk/money/univer...get-calculator

I hope this helps!

Zoe
First year biological sciences and student ambassador
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(Original post by Jess.1819)
How much to do you spend on food a week?

How many times do you go out a week? (Drinking, meals with friends etc.) when not in lockdown obviously.

How much extra money do you roughly need for clothes / subscriptions / fuel or transport etc. per month? (NOT including accommodation cost)
Hey,

Just like most have said, it generally depends on where your University is located and your weekly expenses.
A few things that can help save money on spending are cooking you own meals, buying from large food stores compared to small ones, living close to Uni (saves money on transport and fuel) and using uni discount apps and cards like NUS, Unidays, Tastecards all which help alot when eating out.
Also sometimes I find that expenses differ on different times/seasons in Uni, where I spend more on the first weeks after holidays where I am stocking up after being away so I buy alot on my groceries but I also spend alot more during exam / assessment season where I spend alot of my time at the library/ away from home.

Hope this helps.
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I generally spend between £20-£30 a week on food but sometimes more and other times less, i go clubbing once or twice a week and go for a meal maybe once a week. i try and budget £60 a week in total but some weeks i don't even spend half of that! the only subscriptions i pay for are spotify and amazon both i have student accounts with. i also joined the gym which is £20 a month.
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I usually spend £12-15 per week on supermarket food, but I stock up on storecupboard items (pasta, rice, tinned tomatoes, onions, spices etc) at the start of term so that's only really fresh stuff, and I cook vegetarian most of the time, which is cheaper. Then about £5 on a meal in hall once a week.
I don't go out drinking or clubbing, but I budget for on average another £5 on socialising each week (either a tenner on pizza once a fortnight, or less buying snacks for a film night, or a cheap ticket to a student performance).
I haven't bought any new clothes in ages so idk about that, although I did get some new shoes in January - not really something I work out monthly.
I would recommend getting money out in cash each week, it really helps me to control my spending and see what I have left each week. Another good tip is to have a savings account with most of your money in, and a separate current account in which you put the money for each month, so you can budget more easily.
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