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Buying books and equipment

Buying books and equipmentIt's not all about paying the bills - a lot of your university cash will go on books and course equipment. Find out exactly how much you need to budget for.

Average costs

On average, students spend around £10 per week on course materials while at university. However, this amount will vary depending on the course that you are doing.

Course materials refers to things like books and equipment that you need to buy in order to complete your course. For instance, that crucial textbook or lab coat, or even a trip abroad.

When you are budgeting for university, don’t forget to take into account the fact that most of your expenditure on course materials will happen in September and January, at the beginning of the first two terms.

How can I save money?

Be patient: It might be tempting to rush out and buy your books before you arrive at university, but patience could save you a lot of cash. When you arrive you can find out which books are crucial and which you can make do without – check out what’s available in the library or club together with friends to share less important textbooks.

Buy second-hand: You might meet some hard-up final year students who’d be happy to sell you their books or equipment at a reduced rate. Put a notice up in your department, and see if anyone’s got anything to sell you.

Talk to your tutors: Your lecturers will have the best idea of what you do and don’t need. If there is a trip you can’t afford to go on, ask your tutor if there is any way you can get notes on the trip, or an alternative way to learn the same thing.

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