Freshers generally drop a grand on their first week of uniBy Editor
The dust should have settled by now, and whilst you're trying to get yourself into a routine it might also be an idea to consider your finances.
'Why?' you may be wondering, 'I came here to party'. Well, sure, but that won't last long if you carry on spending as if you're a distant relation of Prince Harry.
A survey conducted by VoucherCodes.co.uk has found the average amount of money students get through in the weeks leading up to, and during, their first week at university.
They are as follows:
£2115 spent before uni even starts.
This seems like a lot, but I guess if the money is spent on a top of the range YouTube machine, or 'laptop' as your parents call them, then this could almost be justifiable.
Average cost of pre-uni essentials is £1096
Bed covers, pencils sharpeners and a 'things to do' notepad. Sure, I can definitely see how that would amount to over A THOUSAND POUNDS.
£312 spent on nights out during Fresher’s Week
I get it. You want to impress your friends and flash some cash by buying around. Fair enough.
£100 forked out on takeaways
Just where were you getting your takeaways from? Marco Pierre White's Steakhouse? Well, either way, congrats on your newly acquired monkey gut.
In the study, that enlisted the help of 1, 500 students and recent grads, it was found that 67% of freshers or returning students used their maintenance loan and 69 % depended on their parents to foot their bill.
The biggest spends during Freshers' Week were: alcohol (£212), clothes (£109), supermarket food (£108.65), takeaways (£100.49) and entry fees to bars (£100.29)
“‘While it’s well reported that university tuition fees are higher than ever, it’s surprising to see that students seem un-phased - spending over £1,200 kitting themselves out before Freshers’ Week has even begun.’’ commented Consumer Editor, Anita Naik of VoucherCodes.co.uk.
"There are a wealth of student-friendly deals and offers around to cut the cost of food and clothes during Fresher’s Week as well as on university essentials like homeware.
With a bit of forward planning students can make the most of everything student life has to offer without breaking the bank.’’
So remember, guys: if you want to have a good time without becoming penniless, always shop around for a bargain.