With the first student finance payment usually being paid the week after Freshers’ Week, it is important to set a budget and have some money with you when you first move to university.
While every student is different and spends money on different things, The Uni Bubble have compiled a list of all the things you may need to budget for during Freshers’ Week.
This is of course the most basic thing that you will need to budget for. It does seem obvious, but we’d recommend budgeting between £20-30 for your first week of shopping at university. If you plan to go out most days and nights, then your spending on food could end up being a lot more!
For many this will be the costliest aspect of Freshers’ week. One way to cut down on the cost of alcohol is to drink during pre-drinks and try not buy drinks at the club, as alcohol is so much more expensive at clubs.
3) Fancy dress
If you have any fancy dress pieces already, then be sure to bring them with you to university. There will be many fancy dress themed parties throughout Freshers’ as well as during your time at uni in general.
If you’re keen on fancy dress, then make sure you budget for some new costumes, but if you’re not bothered about it, it isn’t essential to enjoying you week at all so don’t panic. You can always get creative and make a homemade costume anyway!
4) Club entrance tickets
While some club nights may have free entry during Freshers’ week, most of them will probably require an entry fee. The cost can really be anything from £3 to £10, but typically it will be around £10.
If you know you’ll be taking the bus a lot at your university, be sure to budget for it. Travel can be really expensive in some cities, for example, if you’re going to university in London, you might want to budget at least £5 a day on travel, or buy a weekly/monthly travel card on your Oyster Card.
Check out our cheap student travel guide for more tips on how to save money on travelling throughout your time at university.
If you’re going to be going out in town most nights, it is a good idea to get a taxi home with friends. If you do choose to walk home, remember to stay in a big group and walk in well-lit areas. Don’t go home alone if you can avoid it!
Sharing a taxi home with your flatmates will probably cost just £1-2 each night.
It usually costs a fee to sign up to a society at university, especially if it is for a sports team, with the money being used to cover hire of facilities, transport, club socials and equipment. Other societies may have a cost of around £5-15 to join, and they may have an introductory event during Fresher’s week such as a meet and greet at a pub.
If you can’t afford to be a registration fee immediately at your Freshers’ Fair, then don’t worry you will still be able to arrange to pay later on.
8) Washing clothes
With Freshers’ week potentially being so busy and hectic, you could easily get through 10 outfits by the end of the week. If you have items of clothing that you’re likely to wear often, budget to do a round of washing during the week. One use of a washing machine and dryer can cost around £3 at most student halls.
9) Poster sales
Most universities will have a poster sale going on during Freshers’ Week, which gives students a chance to buy some great posters at a cheap price. Posters are a good way to make your room feel a bit more personal and homely.
Other sales could also be going on, such as vintage clothes sales, so if you have a keen eye for a bargain, do budget for these sales.
10) Gym membership
Universities usually have special offers during Freshers’ Week where you can save a lot of money on your yearly gym membership. If you are a gym-goer then try to take advantage of this.
11) Freshers’ Ball
Most universities will have a Freshers’ Ball at the end of the week, where there will be loads of activities and a massive party at the end to see out Freshers’ with a bang. Tickets for these Freshers’ Balls can cost up to £40 or £50, so if it is something you’d be keen on going to – don’t miss out by splashing all your cash at the beginning of the week.
12) Basic supplies
Finally, it is very likely that you’ll forget to bring one or two essentials with you to university, so you’d be well advised to budget an extra bit of money in case of emergencies.
So there we have it, the Ultimate Freshers’ Budget. If you have any questions, or think we’ve missed anything out, then please drop a comment below!