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    • pennymakespounds
    • By pennymakespounds 11th Jan 05, 5:33 PM
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    how much does going to university cost ??
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    • 11th Jan 05, 5:33 PM
    how much does going to university cost ?? 11th Jan 05 at 5:33 PM
    apart from the say 1150 tuition fees , some books and the say 65 a week house rent ......with another say 15 week to cover gas/elec/water.....

    can anyone share their experience of all the other amounts of money they/ their children spend living at uni
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  • wirm
    • #2
    • 11th Jan 05, 6:13 PM
    Re: how much does going to university cost ??
    • #2
    • 11th Jan 05, 6:13 PM
    apart from the say 1150 tuition fees , some books and the say 65 a week house rent ......with another say 15 week to cover gas/elec/water.....

    can anyone share their experience of all the other amounts of money they/ their children spend living at uni
    • rent
    • telephone/mobile
    • travel/transport (to and from uni etc.
    • food
    • clothes
    • leisure
    • books
    • "socialising"

    things you normally need to budget for! :-/

    Biggest amount is normally spent on socialising! Most students aren't in lectures for too long so they have to find something to ocupy themselves.....
    • David_Brent
    • By David_Brent 11th Jan 05, 9:37 PM
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    • #3
    • 11th Jan 05, 9:37 PM
    Re: how much does going to university cost ??
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    • 11th Jan 05, 9:37 PM
    I agree lots of my money has gone on socialising, which can get really expensive, especailly when there is somthing happening most evenings like student nights etc. but socialising is is important at university and I don't regret it, but what you do need is self control and not blow too much cash on a night out and limit to only certain nights which you go out. Also don't buy rounds! Becasue after a few drinks everyone forgets who's round it is and can sometimes end up with you forking out more!!! If you don't drink alcohol you will save a fourtune!

    Mobile phone bills can get really expensive, mobile phone companies love targeting students and signing them up for a extortionate monthly fee's. I just stuck with my good old pay as you go mobile, which was much easier for me to keep a control on what I spent. And used pay phones when possible.

    Clothes shouldn't be too much of an expense.

    Take aways can sting you for quite a bit of money at uni, Try to goto supermarkets and stock up instead.

    Rent can be expensive, I payed about 65 week which included water/electricity etc. Again depends on your location obviously. I risked it without a television licence in halls or residence, but I wouldn't recommend doing it if your sharing a house.

    Gyms are expensive, but most uni's have gyms now so try to sign up there rather than a private gym, and be realistic when looking at how often your going to use it, because it may be better to pay each time you use the gym rather than sign up on a monthly/yearly basis.

    Books can hit your wallet hard, best thing to do is look on notice boards in the uni for 2nd hand books from previous students, should be able to grab a few for less than half price.






  • Nurse_Bambi
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    • 11th Jan 05, 11:29 PM
    Re: how much does going to university cost ??
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    • 11th Jan 05, 11:29 PM
    It depends where you go. I went to UCL and the cost of travel, living and socialising was really high. You might be better off up north were things are a little cheaper and the happy hours are happy.
    • pennymakespounds
    • By pennymakespounds 12th Jan 05, 11:40 AM
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    • 12th Jan 05, 11:40 AM
    Re: how much does going to university cost ??
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    • 12th Jan 05, 11:40 AM
    understand and agree with everyones' comments but it's actual numbers i'm looking for ......

  • Dub-ztar
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    • 12th Jan 05, 2:51 PM
    Re: how much does going to university cost ??
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    • 12th Jan 05, 2:51 PM
    From my experience of going to univeristy in London and living away from home, my expenses over three years were as follows (in pounds):

    Rent: 10500
    Phone: 3000
    Food: 8000
    Clothes: 1200
    Books: 1920
    Laptop: 1500
    Travel: 1500
    Socialising: 6750

    Total: 33, 170

    So there you are, not cheap at all.
    • louise1234
    • By louise1234 12th Jan 05, 3:29 PM
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    • 12th Jan 05, 3:29 PM
    Re: how much does going to university cost ??
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    • 12th Jan 05, 3:29 PM
    We can all give you figures, but how much it will cost YOU depends on how much YOU spend.

    You could choose to live in halls, or choose to find a cheaper shared house.

    You could eat out every night, or eat only value brands.

    And so on.

    How much it wil cost you, will depend on the decisions you make, and without any more information, everyone will just be guessing...........
    • crana999
    • By crana999 12th Jan 05, 5:00 PM
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    • 12th Jan 05, 5:00 PM
    Re: how much does going to university cost ??
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    • 12th Jan 05, 5:00 PM
    Biggest amount is normally spent on socialising! Most students aren't in lectures for too long so they have to find something to ocupy themselves.....
    Speak for yourself, I have 30 hours a week of lectures, labs etc, before all the work I have to do

    Anyway, for the OP:

    Outgoings for one year 4,474.10
    Year
    Fees 1,125.00
    Rent 1,668.60
    KFC 309.00
    Electricity 45.00
    Internet 60.00
    3,207.60

    I pay full fees. KFC is an extra charge you have to pay at my uni towards kitchen facilities, I don't know why.

    Food 405.00
    Books 100.00
    Clothes 100.00
    Transport 81.00
    Going out 405.00
    Mobile 135.00
    Laundry 13.50
    Stationary/Stamps 13.50
    Toiletries 13.50
    1,266.50

    Some of these are estimated and some (food, entertainment etc) are "overestimated" for me to be on the safe side.

    I'm at university in cambridge - we have shorter terms than many places (8 weeks). Most students in cambridge don't have travel costs apart from at the start/end of term - mine are because I share the cost of my boyfriend travelling to visit me.
    • pennymakespounds
    • By pennymakespounds 12th Jan 05, 5:09 PM
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    • 12th Jan 05, 5:09 PM
    Re: how much does going to university cost ??
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    • 12th Jan 05, 5:09 PM
    dub-ztar at around 10000 a year ... but crana999 , your figures look extremely low ?? under 5000 for 3x8 = 24 weeks .

    reason i'm looking for comparisons is that our son is going through over 15000 a year just for uni time and says its impossible to reduce .
  • newsmonkey
    Re: how much does going to university cost ??
    15k? Blimey.

    Obviously everyone's different, but I'd say 7-8k a year would be an "average", assuming the student pays their own rent, fees, bills, goes out regularly, buys supermarket food etc. Add a bit more for London, take a bit off for some money saving guru living in the sticks.
  • wirm
    Re: how much does going to university cost ??
    If you don't drink alcohol you will save a fourtune!
    How true! :-[
    • crana999
    • By crana999 12th Jan 05, 5:44 PM
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    Re: how much does going to university cost ??
    dub-ztar at around 10000 a year ... but crana999 , your figures look extremely low ?? under 5000 for 3x8 = 24 weeks .

    reason i'm looking for comparisons is that our son is going through over 15000 a year just for uni time and says its impossible to reduce .
    That sounds crazy for your son!!

    Okay, I'll go through the figures one by one for you if you want..

    Fees - 1125 a year (will go up slightly each year) - this is the maximum you can have to pay as a "home" student

    Rent - 61.80 a week, paid for 9 weeks a term (27 weeks a year) - 1668.60. This is for a single room in college with shared bathroom and kitchenette.

    Kitchen fixed charge - this is 103 a term so 309 a year.

    Electricity - my last college bill was 11 for electricity for that term. I budget 15/term. - 45/year. Other bills (water, background heating etc) are included in my rent.

    Internet - 20 /term for connection to the college network (with internet access). 60/year

    Food - I normally spend about 10/week but budget 15, so 405 for 27 weeks.

    Books - I have budgeted 100/year, most of which I have probably spent, but I shouldn't need to buy more books for the rest of the year (I hope). This may well be higher in later years (I'm a 1st year) but I use the library, get books 2nd hand etc.

    Clothes - 100 - this is a bit of a guess, and it's only for termtime. Having said that, I don't buy many clothes and I normally get them 2nd hand/in the sales etc. I had to pay 40 for an academic gown and 10 for a lab coat this year, but those should be one-offs (will probably rent a hood for graduation, not sure)

    Transport - boyfriend normally comes to visit every 2 weeks, the tickets about 18. less if there is a special offer on. 3 visits a term, with the cost shared between us, is 27/term for me. Mum / dad take me to/from uni at the start and end of each term free (I have to empty my room every time, so I can't really come home on the bus)

    Going out - I budget 15/week for this - this includes alcohol / eating out. none of my friends have loads of cash to throw around, and we also all have a lot of work because of the way my uni works, so I normally only go out once or twice a week. sometimes we'll go to a club or a pub that does nice food, sometimes we go to a play in college or to formal hall (a 3 course meal served in college), or just sit around and chat and have a couple of drinks. I go out to eat as a mystery shopper when I can!

    Mobile - I don't actually know how much I spend on my mobile. I didn't keep very good tabs last term, and mum bought me some credit.. so this is a guess. I think it will be less this term than last because I'll have settled in better and not need as many calls home :

    Laundry - normally do a wash every 2 weeks or so, the washers hold a lot of clothes for just me! 1/wash, I have a drying rack in my room, so 50p/week - 13.50/year

    Stationary/stamps - this is just a guess really, I don't buy a lot of this. Might be higher once you include things you only buy occasionally like printer paper/cartridges.

    Toiletries - I have enough of these to last me an awfully long time : without buying new ones. so 50p/week seems fair enough.

    These aren't pie-in-the-sky figures, they're based on spending diaries from last term.
    • pennymakespounds
    • By pennymakespounds 12th Jan 05, 6:58 PM
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    Re: how much does going to university cost ??
    crana999 .. much appreciate you taking the time to give me that detail... thanks
    • zcaprd7
    • By zcaprd7 12th Jan 05, 7:01 PM
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    Re: how much does going to university cost ??
    It sounds like your son is taking the mick?

    Just pay his actual bills (rent, food etc) - he can use a student loan for his beer/clothes/mobile money!

    Its what my Dad did and to be honest I was grateful for that (I was at UCL in London).

    Don't forget he is supposed to be learning how to manage his finances away from home as well as get a degree? He better get a 2:1 as well at that price!
    • pennymakespounds
    • By pennymakespounds 12th Jan 05, 7:09 PM
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    Re: how much does going to university cost ??
    totally agree !!
    • crana999
    • By crana999 12th Jan 05, 7:23 PM
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    Re: how much does going to university cost ??
    It sounds like your son is taking the mick?

    Just pay his actual bills (rent, food etc) - he can use a student loan for his beer/clothes/mobile money!
    I think that's being pretty generous in fact. I doubt most of his friends' parents are doing that much.

    I don't think my budget is that unrealistic, and it could be lower if I cut down on going out and ate less healthily (and if I had better kitchen facilities : ). Obviously rent etc is going to be higher in some places, but mine isn't that low for a single room & shared facilities.

    I only get the minimum loan, so my budgeted spending is 1404 a year more than my loan - this is made up from holiday work, and all the little things that add up - mystery shopping, eBay, surveys, being a research subject!! - and so on. (and some comes from my savings from working before I went to uni)

    My parents have offered to pay my rent for the first year. apart from that I'm on my own - they already pay for my food, accommodation etc when I'm at home, why should they have to subsidise me otherwise?!

    They would give me more if I asked ofr it but I feel bad about taking it. Obviously your son doesn't!

    Has he given you any kind of breakdown of where this 15k vanishes to? If not, I think you should ask for one..?

    He would have to be earning nearly 20k gross a year to get 15k net!!
  • stuwilky
    Re: how much does going to university cost ??
    15k per year, and impossible to reduce?

    I support a wife and two kids on just over that!


    The last figures the NUS dished out indicated an average level of debt of around 13k on graduation, averaging 4,300 debt per year, presuming most have some kind of employment, perhaps earning another 5k a year?

    That makes 9,300 a year for spending, and knowing what my students (I work at a uni) spend thats a hell of a lot of beer hes going through.
    • crana999
    • By crana999 12th Jan 05, 8:04 PM
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    Re: how much does going to university cost ??
    I just had another thought. Given that his spending is way over what most students spend, is it possible that he has some kind of problem with drugs, gambling or similar?

    I mean, it's definitely possible that he's just high maintenance..but is there a chance that he could have an expensive addiction to something other than shopping?
    • pennymakespounds
    • By pennymakespounds 12th Jan 05, 8:27 PM
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    Re: how much does going to university cost ??
    i totally agree with you all.... i am totally oppossed to what is going on.... and this excludes a car... and clothes and time not at uni.
    It is the other half who is allowing this to go on ... and believes all is fine.

    That's why i'm looking for factual help and guidance from you guys.... i have looked on the internet but find very little in the way of real numbers.
  • abbas_ali
    Re: how much does going to university cost ??
    well i started uni this yr and my costs are very low. i'm scottish so my tuition fees are paid for me. i dont drink alcohol either which is good cos its expensive and pointless. plus i live at home.

    travel: 350
    food: 600-700
    socialising: 150 (i have a snapfax!)
    clothes: 850

    plus i got a 2 grand bursary no student loan and i also have a part time job.
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