hopefulundergrad wrote:Thanks man!
So in another thread (or maybe this one) most UVA 1Ls have said they are coming in way under the $17k COL budget the school projected. Meaning they spent a lot less than 8.5k during the first semester.
Approximately, what was your COL (including rent) for this past fall? (Any UVA student feel free to answer this one)
Here is my monthly budget, roughly=
Rent: ~1000. I live at a fairly nice apartment complex 10 minutes from campus, with my better half. Not the nicest in Charlottesville but definitely towards the high end.
Utilities: ~150 for gas and water, higher during very cold and very hot months.
Cable/Internet: ~105. Way too many useless channels, boxes in two rooms, HD, sports package, premium channels, etc. Not trying to brag like a douche or anything, just giving you an idea of why it's so expensive.
Car/gas: ~100: go up to DC every few weeks, oil changes, etc.
Groceries/food: this one is complicated. We eat out a lot, but at fairly cheap places. This brings down our grocery bills, and we usually don't spend more than 200 or so a month on that. On the other hand, I'd say we spend up to 100 per WEEK eating out at Chipotle, Panera, mexican restaurants, law school, etc. You can save a lot of money here by eating at home, obviously.
We have other expenses, like cell phones and car payments and such, but those payments aren't any different here than they would be elsewhere. Also worth mentioning that I haven't spent more than $20, combined, on drinks since I came here, but I'm sure many of my classmates are dropping considerable amounts on drinking at bars every weekend.