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Embassy English 28 April 2016 - by Ángela Carolina Botero Zuluaga, Student, Embassy English Melbourne

My Embassy Life: Living on a Budget at Embassy Melbourne

Ángela Carolina Botero Zuluaga, our newest student blogger, has been working as a journalist in her home country of Colombia, she knew that in order to achieve her goals of taking her career to the next level, she needed to improve her English language skills. Because Angela’s dreams also included international travel, particularly to Australia, when she discovered  Embassy Melbourne, she knew had found the perfect programme. As part of her intensive English language immersion, Angela will be writing weekly articles for Study Group’s Brightly Blog, as well as acting as a guest contributor to the Embassy English Blog. Stay tuned to follow Angela’s My Embassy Life in fascinating Melbourne, Australia

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Five Tips to Live on a Student Budget

When you decide to study overseas, the first point you must consider is the budget you have. It is possible that it is either your first experience living independently without your parents, or you have worked many years to save up money for this adventure. Therefore, the most important thing is to figure out to how manage your money to avoid living a nightmare.

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To be honest, I am not really good in this field, but after following some advice from my family and friends, I believe my pocket is safe! Now find out below how to live with your budget as a student with these five tips.

  1. Create a budget

It sounds obvious, but it is the first step. Take a notebook, your pencil, and write how much money do you have available for this month. Then work out in your priorities such as food, rent, transport and so on. The main idea is to pay first your obligations and after think in the pleasure! Be careful.

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2. Quality food but Cheaper

In the markets, we have infinite options and brands. However, our mission is to take our time and compare products and prices. Usually, the market brand is cheaper than others are and is a good choice. Please do not buy unnecessary products because you and your pocket will regret it…

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3. Transport Alternatives

Nobody can deny that the public transport can take a big part of our monthly budget, so analyse what is better for you. If someone asks for my opinion, of course, my answer is the bicycle! It is only one investment, which contributes the environment and your health. Do not forget to check the routes on the map and the rules in the city you are living to ride a bicycle safely.

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3. Free Activities

If something the students love to hear is the word free! Keeping this in mind, try to find a meet up group, which you can use to organise activities outdoor or indoor. This is not only a good way to save money; you can make new contacts and learn new things with people with your same interests as well.

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5. Think of Your Accommodation

What is cheaper? There are common options like homestay, share room or flat and campus rooms. Everyone has different tastes, but I suggest choosing where you feel comfortable and you can pay easily. Consider in your rent budget the bills and bond. If you want to be sure of your payments, try to transfer the money to the property owner through your savings account.

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