The MoneySense diaries: Cerys, 19
MoneySense follows a week in the life of Cerys, a first-year student at the University of Kent studying criminology
“Being careful with money has always been a priority of mine. Since coming to uni, I’ve learnt to budget more effectively – now it’s my responsibility to ensure the fridge is well stocked! I tend to meal prep a lot (in other words, I eat a lot of leftovers) which saves me time and money.
I had a part-time job at Eurotunnel throughout my A-Levels and during the first part of the pandemic, and then was put on furlough, which meant I was able to save a bit for university, but I had to stop for term time. Because lockdown prevented the typical first year at uni I imagined (going out regularly), I’ve been treating myself to other things like clothes or décor for my room. Luckily, it didn’t stop me having fun on campus – there are often games nights or movie nights in my block which allow us to safely socialise and have fun as well as rooftop bars in the city centre to give us a night-out fix”.
Rent (incl. utilities): £190/week
Phone: £0/week - this is £10 but it’s paid for by my family as part of a group plan
Going out and eating out: £15/week