It’s easy to spend money while you are a student. Make sure you budget carefully before you start your studies to ensure you have enough money in your bank account to enjoy your time as a student in London.
Here are five common university costs to consider when you budget for your studies:
When you start at university, you will be given a long list of books for each of your modules. Academic books can be expensive to buy so it’s a good idea to check if you can buy second-hand books online. Universities also stock many of the essential books in the library so you might not need to buy them all. If you decide to buy some of the books, you can try to re-sell them after your module has finished, either online or at your university’s book fair.
- Field trips
Your university course may include the option to participate in field trips, either in the UK or abroad. Field trips are a great way to add another dimension of learning to your course but students are usually expected to pay for the trips themselves. Ask your university if your course includes any field trips and how much this is going to cost.
- Expensive extras
Some universities require students to pay for study materials and extra exams. Medicine students, for example, are usually expected to buy their own tools such as stethoscopes while social science students may have to buy specific statistical analysis software. Some courses charge extra for exams, even if the exams are required to pass the course. Before you sign up for a course, find out if there are any extra costs you need to be aware of.
- Student Union Clubs & Societies
In the UK, each university has a student union which includes a number of sports clubs and student societies for students to join. They are a great way to make friends and meet people with similar interests. Societies are usually free to join but sports clubs may charge a fee to cover equipment and facilities costs. Before you sign up for a club, ask about all the costs.
- Technology requirements
While many universities have a large number of computers in the library, students usually prefer to have their own laptop. This is especially important if your university’s library or computer rooms are closed in the evening and night time. The cost of a basic laptop starts at around £200.