Usually we all start school off with graduation money and money from school refund. If you don't have a job prioritize your money so you can have emergency, fun and rent money. Sometimes you will have to stretch your money. If you get a job and if you get a school refund put some money back for rent, some back for groceries and the rest can be for emergencies and for fun. A good thing to do is pay your rent up to 6 months if you're allowed to. I have done that for the past 3 years and its been the best. I don't have to fret about not having rent money and I can still enjoy my time with friends.