University: Seven Types of Students

I was sent this press release absolutely agessss ago; it’s been sitting in my inbox filed under the heading of “Read At Some Point, Un-Urgent” since then. Tell me I’m not the only person who does this?!

A sick day a few weeks ago finally cleared this folder down. I was at the point of feeling well enough not to lie at the ceiling, but still bad enough to know what anything beyond sitting in bed would be a bad plan. My Kindle was out of battery, I’d caught up with Broadchurch, and I don’t have Netflix (bummer!). Emails it was, and this amused me greatly;

The seven types of student spender

The team at have put splurging students into the following seven categories.

The Booze hound

Living up to the student stereotype, many budding academics choose to drink away their loan in pubs and clubs. Booze hounds can be seen stacking up on the two for one six pack deals at supermarkets for pre-drinks or getting the pints in on a night out. As they are often inebriated, these students are surprisingly generous when it comes to sharing their cash to buy some booze – which they never remember in the morning.

The Foodie lover

On the other end of the spectrum, some students prefer to fry away their loan on expensive dinners and cooking ventures. The foodie lover relishes a hearty meal and on a Friday night is more likely to be found steaming at the stove rather than the pub. These student-chef wannabes will also be obsessed with any TV programme mildly related to cooking and want to replicate all the dishes, no matter how expensive the ingredients are.

The Shop-o-holic

 Thrilled by the new four-figure balance in their account, some students choose to splash their cash on a whole new wardrobe. With many high-street stores pulling in students with tempting discounts, it is easy to see how quickly money can go on clothes and shoes. The shop-o-holic will always find an excuse to buy a new outfit, claiming they just have to have the latest handbag trend. Whilst they will look flawless in lectures, their diet may be reduced to beans on toast every night.

The Wanderluster

For those students who haven’t quite got the gap year out of their system, their money goes on travelling. The wanderluster will constantly tell you about their “amazing” ski season or “life-affirming” trip to Asia. They will spend most of their spare time working part-time in a restaurant to fund this expensive hobby and reminiscing over their holiday snaps on Instagram.

The Gym Bunny

With many students joining sports teams and societies, keeping fit is a top priority. For some, this means coughing up for an expensive gym membership that can cost up £250 per year. Protein shake in hand, gym bunnies consider exercise as a great “stress-buster” when actually it’s just another method of procrastination.

The Social Butterfly

University is a great time for making new friends, but at a price. The social butterfly never wants to miss out on an event and will say yes to anything. Gigs, cinema tickets and socials eat away slowly into their loan yet somehow they ALWAYS manage to make it.

The Bookworm

Believe it or not, some students do actually spend their money on their studies. The bookworm will happily splash their cash on brand new volumes and novels, insisting that they are “investments”. Along with the library fines they tot up, the bookworm will also buy lots of stylish stationery along with numerous notepads that even they know they will never use.

As I was reading this I was constantly trying to fit myself into one of the categories. I’ve come to the conclusion I’m mainly a Foodie Lover, but there’s elements of Shopoholic and Bookworm in there! And I don’t think this is relevant to just students either, I reckon most people could identify to one or two of these types! So ‘fess up, what type of spender are you?

  • So glad I stumbled upon your blog, great job x

    • ninegrandstudent

      Awh, thank you! x

  • I think I’m a bit of all of them to be honest…

    😛 I like that I don’t fit in one category though 🙂

    • ninegrandstudent

      I definitely think it’s possible to be all of them, you’re clearly a great all rounder! x

  • Emma Alyson

    Love this post! i’d say there’s a little bit of all of them in me, but I’m probably mainly the shopoholic or the booze hound! Oooops…

    Emma x

    • ninegrandstudent

      Ahaha! x

  • Susan

    I think I’m a combination between the Shopoholic and the Bookworm! I used to be a mix between the booze hound and social butterfly in first year though, so things really can change! Great post.

    Susan xx

    • ninegrandstudent

      I’d say I’m pretty similar, though with foodie mixed in for sure! x

  • emily

    Bookworm and foodie…I’d usually rather spend my money on eating fancy food than on buying fancy stuff, because eating out is a fun experience, but stuff clutters up my apartment.

    • ninegrandstudent

      You’re definitely similar to me! x

  • That’s a great post. I think I am a bookworm.

    • ninegrandstudent

      I wish I got to read more with my degree… x

  • Is it bad that I think I somehow managed to be ALL of these at uni?! xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

    • ninegrandstudent

      Definitely not bad at all, just perfect at everything 😉 x

  • Jennifer K

    I like to think I’m pretty good with managing my money, but I’m becoming a bit of the foodie- I’d rather have in a nice dinner than spend money on alcohol!

    Jennifer x

    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

    • ninegrandstudent

      I’m such a foodie – I resent paying for alcohol as my mind always tots up if I could buy a nice steak for the money… x

  • Everygoodthingblog by Melissa

    What a fun post! And so much truth to it too! I’m probably a mixture of the foodie, shopaholic, wanderluster, and the gym bunny. I definitely am a bookworm too 🙂

    • ninegrandstudent

      Thanks – sounds like you have it down! x

  • What a great post and definitely can relate !

    Miss my student days !

    I wish you a wonderful week ahead

    Hayley x

    • ninegrandstudent

      I don’t know what I’ll do when I leave! x

  • These definitely apply to so many people. I’d say Im half a Foodie Lover and half a Shopaholic. My housemates are always telling me off for buying too much food and clothes haha. I could also say I live with a Booze hound, Bookworm, and Wanderluster!

    Emma x
    Writing Essays With Wine

    • ninegrandstudent

      I definitely spend far too much on clothes, spent a scary amount on New Look last night! x

  • I’m the last two kinds combined! And I’ve always been a foodie lover or a shopaholic so does that even count still? Great post!

    Hannie at // CHAPTERS LIKE THIS

    • ninegrandstudent

      Of course it does! x