The MoneySense diaries: Tanisha, 18
MoneySense follows a week in the life of Tanisha, a first-year student at Middlesex University studying mental health nursing
“I’ve always tried to be smart with money, but since coming to university I have become even more careful with my budget, especially due to the pandemic. Because my course involves three week-long work placements each year it’s hard to get part-time work to fit around my studies (when I’m not on placement I have 15-20 hours of lectures per week). So, instead of a regular part-time job, I have a little side-hustle baking business. Even so, I’ve had to stretch my student loan money out really carefully.
If I want something that isn’t essential, I ask myself if it’s something I want for now, or if it will still be useful in the future. If I’m confident it’ll be used in the future, then I’ll buy it. As London is pricier than home, I also try to cook at home and buy in bulk to save money.”
Rent (incl. utilities): £177/week
Going out and eating out: £20/week