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    My parents are giving me £50 a week and i'm getting a loan because i sure as hell cannot live off £50 a week.
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    Ill get £3564 loan per year, £2906 grant per year, £1075 bursary per year, and £6400 per year from work. So all in all £13945. So £1162 per month to spend.
    Outgoings:
    Rent is £3180 + bills of £2500(previous loan, cred card, phone etc). Food is £1560 (30 pw), Going out is £3120 (60pw). Travel costs is £600. Clothing/birthdays/books £1200 (100per month) all in all £12160. So £1013 per month average spent

    So just under £150 for random spends / holiday.
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    I could not live on less than 50pounds a week. I generally kept to this amount there were exceptions e.g. during freshers week I spent like 70-80pounds.
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    I live near Canary Wharf in East London:

    Income:

    1. Maintenance loan: £103/week (averaged
    2. Earnings from employment £320/week (after tax. - weekly avg.)

    Expenditure:

    1. Rent: £71/week (gas+elec included)
    2. Food: £35/week
    3. Drink: £10/week (usually only Coke)
    4. Travel: £16/week (avg. Oyster zones 1&2)
    5. Misc. (books/toiletries etc.): £10/week (average).

    Tidy profit made.

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    parents are giving me 2000 a term, so after pay accommodation i am left with about 1200 for the term. Which is 100 a week, but i have to buy things such as a new laptop and a tv so i will probably spend like 600 of that in the first week. So ill probably have about 50 a week which i will end up spending in about 5 weeks. lol
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    I have my accommodation as a loan and get a full maintenance loan, but I survive on around £20 a week on food bills, and £30 a week on going out, and very little else i think
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    After rent I'll have £50 to live on per week. Easy and more than enough.
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    I earn roughly £450 a month, so that works out at about £100 a week, but that doesn't include any bonuses I might get or any overtime I might do, or my student loan.
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    (Original post by cpj1987)
    Personally, I spent around £10 a week in total whilst at university; now, I spend £40 a week on food alone and don't know how I managed. :p:
    Did you just not go out and eat rice/pasta all week?!

    £10 is pretty impressive :eek:
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    (Original post by .ACS.)
    I hoping to not spend above £100 a week. Depending on which accommodation I get, I'll have between £100 and £80 a week to play with (for spending on food, socialising, textbooks, etc.). Though, I'll be living in the south where everything is more expensive.
    You've made a fantastic choice of University and City, I have to say
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    (Original post by Grapevine)
    Did you just not go out and eat rice/pasta all week?!

    £10 is pretty impressive :eek:
    I didn't go out much, no; and if I did I made it free, or costing no more than a few pounds.
    For meals, I ate junk food (£1 pizzas, £1 bags of chips and £1 bags of chcken nuggets/fish fingers).
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    (Original post by sweetlovinchick2k1)
    I have roughly £70 a week. I do a food shop once every two weeks which comes to between £50-60.
    This is probably a stupid question but where do you keep such a large amount of food (£50-60's worth)? Does each student get a few kitchen draws to themselves for the year? (I don't really understand because surely there are lots of students sharing the kitchen, which is bound to be pretty small anyway?)
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    I don't impose a budget, and I'm not sure what I'd average.
    The way I see it, I try to be sensible all the time and some weeks I'll spend more than others where I will hardly spend anything at all. It tends to average over time. If I check my balance and think I'm doing alright, very occasionally I will let myself go clothes shopping but I tend to at least try and be extremely careful when I do so.
    I don't go all out in the slightest when buying food, but I'm not going to buy Sainsbury's Basics either.
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    I target to spend around £55 a week.
    £20 on food per week.
    £25 on night(s) out.
    £10 misc expenses. Such as taxi's.
    However, during freshers week for example, I'd spend around £80, and during the weeks after exams it would be a similar amount of expenditure.
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    £30-40 is a decent figure for general living excluding rent etc. You can do a couple of shopping trips a week and you won't starve, you can pay for some travel as long as you don't use taxis.

    The hard thing is at uni there's a difference between people who have to pay their own way and people who are getting large parental subsidies (eg parents paying all their rent etc). The second group of people don't really appreciate what its like for the first so they will be flashing their cash around and trying to encourage the first into spending like they do, on alcohol/drugs/clothes etc, saying "you're only young once, live a little" etc.

    What uni does teach you, if you have to budget tightly, is that you don't have to spend that much to live - when you see posts on this forum about careers with people saying they couldn't afford to live on £25k a year or whatever, its because they have stupidly extravagant lifestyles.
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    generally I spend about £20 a week on food, £2 a week on going to the climbing wall, £3 on washing, and i don't normally go out more than once or twice a week, so thats like £15 max. So that makes £25 - £40 depending on whether or not i do ho out and how many times. But occasionally i bought something like a book or something so i could spend a little bit more if i wanted to. I ended up having £600 left to of my student loan and grant to blow in the summer
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    (Original post by Altruistic1)
    This is probably a stupid question but where do you keep such a large amount of food (£50-60's worth)? Does each student get a few kitchen draws to themselves for the year? (I don't really understand because surely there are lots of students sharing the kitchen, which is bound to be pretty small anyway?)
    In the first term I kept it all in the kitchen and I had plenty of room as there were 4 people in the kitchen and it was quite spacipous with plenty of room but people stole my food so I bought a fridge for my room which I keep my refrigrated stuff in, I also keep all the cupboard stuff in my room after first term.

    We all had to big draws in the frezzer and all my stuff went in there. I used to take boxed stuff out of the box and but them in freezer bags. Most of my stuff was cooked fresh so I didn't have big boxes of pizzas, frozen chicken etc.

    Plus, with prices going up everywhere £60 worth of food really isn't as much as it sounds.
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    £50 a week.
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    I'm working all through the summer and earning just over £2000. This is what I'm going to live on until the middle of next summer, including uni holidays.
    This is my 'me' money ie. not towards tuition, accommodation or food (i'm going catered so only have to buy weekday lunches and then drinks throughout the day).
    This gives me £40 a week to spend on books, all stuff for my course, the little bit of food that i may have to buy, printing, toiletries, going out, travelling etc.

    That is my budget :-)
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    I don't know how I am going to cope I have been working full time for the last 5 years earning a very good wage (way over £20k), I've never had to budget before, think I might have to take some tips from you guys! Are student nights out really that cheap??
 
 
 
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