What will be my Monthly expenditure as an Architectural Student?

Many of you might be thinking of entering an architectural college.  A question which comes to mind is that how much money you might spend in an average per month once you take admission into an architectural college. This question might arise due to the varied and special requirements that the course demands. Let us try and break down the various costs which you may or may not incur on a monthly basis.
Before going through the rest of the article, please understand the expenses as listed below might differ according to your spending habits as well some decisions you make whilst at college. Some of them are as follows-
  • Decision to stay at your college hostel (If present) or taking up an apartment outside the college premises.
  • Choosing between mess food or eating out frequently
  • Mode of Transportation you use (Taxi, Public transport, your own vehicle…etc.)
  • How often do you visit your hometown ( If you are staying in a different city)
  • Type of Institution (Private or Public)
The decisions mentioned above are just some examples which can alter your monthly expenses. Mentioned below are the various heads of expenditures which you will incur-
Architectural Stationary – As architectural students a lot of money is spent on stationary. This expense is divided into supplies needed for models and supplies needed for sheets. These expenses are maximum till the second year of college, following which printing expenses become greater. This expense is much higher than that of students enrolled in other courses.
Institution Fees-
This expense as stated above varies greatly with the type of institution you enroll your self into, private or government colleges.
Mess Fees/Food Expenses-
This is a major expense that you would incur in your college years, perhaps the greatest. A lot of money knowingly or unknowingly is spent on food.  An important point that needs to be kept in mind is to try and eat healthy and not necessarily junk food. This shall reduce your expenses as well as keep you healthy in the long run.
Hostel Fees/Accommodation Expenses
This expense is dependent upon your choice of either staying in the college premises (hostel if present) or staying in an apartment as a paying guest (PG).
Transportation Expenses-
This expense  head takes care of your all the money that you would have to spend on travelling to and fro from your college as well as traveling within the city your respective college is in.
Leisure Expenses-
This head would include expenses such as partying, travelling to different cities with friends and so on.
Miscellaneous Expenses-
This head includes expenses  such as going out for movies, cultural events, college excursions and so on and henceforth.
Printing Expenses– This expense as mentioned earlier in the post becomes more as you progress into the course. Keep a large chunk of your money for this expenses specially in the latter years.
Note -On average an architectural student in India spends on an average a 3-5 thousand Rupees a month leaving the institution, mess and
hostel fees.
Thus, in conclusion we would like to say that the expenses of a architectural student is much higher due to stationary and printing expenses as compared to other students. Another point which has to be kept in mind is that your monthly expenses will vary vastly depending upon a number of factors as stated in the post.

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