Studying and Living in London – Doing the Figures
While living in London can prove expensive, there are thousands and thousands of students in the city that are able to afford the essentials and experience the excitement of the city with a bit of careful planning. A large proportion of your living costs will undoubtedly be taken through rent and accommodation, so looking to take advantage of house and flat shares, or even a home stay with a host family, will go some way to limiting expenditure.
Prices and costs
The cost of living in London varies according to your own wants and needs, while fluctuations in market prices means there is no fixed amount that you should set aside to ensure your time in the city will be completely free from financial issues. There are, however, ways to determine how much it will cost for certain essentials required during your day-to-day life. Below, we list just a few of the items you may wish to compare before deciding whether the cost of living in London is within your desired budget.
|Milk (one litre)||£0.93|
|Loaf of bread (500g)||£1.00|
|Rice (white) (1kg)||£1.33|
|Chicken breasts (1kg)||£6.54|
|Lettuce (1 head)||£0.87|
|Water (1.5 litre)||£0.89|
Details correct at the time of writing (May 2015) and based on information from http://www.numbeo.com/.
Find the best deals in London
Comparison websites such as My Supermarket enable you to run price comparisons on all the major supermarkets in the region, meaning you can enter your shopping list to determine where your budget will stretch furthest. In addition, websites including Hot UK Deals and Groupon regularly promote money saving opportunities so that nights out and activities – as well as shopping – can be more affordable.
The cost of living in London is moderately high but, with so much to do, and so much to learn, there is no putting a value on the experience you will have. With sensible budgeting and forward planning, there’s no reason your time in the city should be anything but wholly rewarding. Choose to study in London with UKCBC.
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