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Dominic and Jessy: Cost of living tips

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Split image, lefthand student holding up fabric samples. Righthand image, student holding and writing in open sketchbook.
Split image, lefthand student holding up fabric samples. Righthand image, student holding and writing in open sketchbook.
Textile prints by Dominic-Afsheen Akhavan-Moossavi, and sketchbook by Jessy Heikrujam, 2018 © Alys Tomlinson
Written by
Savvy Bader
Published date
12 February 2021
Work out what are essentials and what are luxuries and set a weekly budget that you can stick to. Don’t be too tight with yourself – still allow yourself to enjoy your studies while having time to go out and socialise.

— Dominic-Afsheen Akhavan-Moossavi, BA (Hons) Fashion: Fashion Design Menswear, Central Saint Martins, 2018
Student standing next to mannequin and behind large table with fabric samples and fashion sketches displayed.
Dominic-Afsheen Akhavan-Moossavi, BA (Hons) Fashion: Fashion Design Menswear, Central Saint Martins, 2018 © Alys Tomlinson

A student on the BA (Hons) Fashion: Fashion Design Menswear course, Dominic is from London. He spends around £50 per week on hobbies such as going to the theatre, art classes or enjoying the London night life.

Dominic tends to make his own clothes but will treat himself sometimes, with an average weekly spend of £20 on clothing. Projects completed throughout his degree involve some extra costs for materials. These can vary from £70 to £400 per term, depending on the project.

To help fund these costs, Dominic works as an ArtsTemp as part of UAL’s in-house temping agency.

I find that having a good time with friends at home is much more enjoyable than spending a lot on going out. That being said, it’s good to go out sometimes without compromising your weekly budget.

— Jessy Heikrujam, BA (Hons) Design Management, London College of Communication, 2018
Portrait of student sitting at desk, writing in notebook and smiling.
Jessy Heikrujam, BA (Hons) Design Management, London College of Communication, 2018 © Alys Tomlinson

Jessy moved from India to London and studies BA (Hons) Design Management. Alongside his studies, Jessy works as a Student Ambassador and spends his free time playing basketball and watching films.

His course is primarily theory-based, so Jessy doesn’t spend much on course materials. Sometimes he does put some money aside for printing – an average weekly cost of around £5.

Jessy chooses to cook at home to save money. He also likes to shop in charity shops, spending an average of £20 per week on clothes. He’s willing to spend slightly more on special events. Jessy generally has a good balance between essential and leisure costs, spending £5 to £30 per week on hobbies.