LIVING COST IN
Living Cost for International Students in United Kingdom
is important to remember, if you are using the lists
of private rented accommodation provided by Student
Housing Services, that although they try to secure a
range of good quality housing at reasonable prices,
the properties have not been inspected. You should not
assume that listed accommodation is "approved
accommodation". You should never accept accommodation
without first seeing the property. When you find
accommodation you may have to pay a deposit
immediately of up to one month’s rent and also one
month’s rent in advance (always ask for a receipt).
You may also have to pay a deposit for gas,
electricity and telephone services. You should
therefore have available around £800 for initial
expenses such as deposit, rent in advance and the cost
of temporary accommodation.
Your landlord or landlady will usually expect the rent
on a fixed day, weekly or monthly in advance. Make
sure you have a rent book or a receipt for the rent.
If your landlord or landlady does not provide a rent
book, buy one yourself (available from stationery
shops) and ask them to sign it when you pay rent. A
rent book may also list certain house rules (or these
may be displayed elsewhere in the house). Check you
understand these and can keep to them as they may form
part of your contract of tenancy and are usually aimed
at keeping the household running smoothly.
In self-contained flats, your rent will usually be
payable monthly and your landlord or landlady is
unlikely to live on the premises. Any rules you are
required to keep will be written in the lease or
agreement you have signed which is legally binding.
The lease will usually be for specific periods and
once you sign you are committed to renting the flat
for that length of time. So study the lease carefully
before signing, and if necessary take legal advice.
Before coming to the UK you should organize your money
to ensure you have enough at the start of your course
and for the duration of your course. You will also
need to investigate the best ways to bring money into
Most students will have to buy bedding, clothes and
basic essentials a the beginning of their stay. London
is in general, milder than other parts of the UK. The
summer tends to be warm; winter is usually cold and
damp; spring and autumn are somewhere in between. £300
should be enough for additional clothing needs.
London hosts a wide range of entertainment venues
catering to all groups of people. Dinner out can cost
from £15 upwards. Cinemas in Central London cost
around £10. Clubs cost from £8-£15. There are special
discounts available to students so make sure you ask.
The cost of traveling in London is dependent on where
you are traveling to and how often you need to travel.
Weekly underground passes cost between £18.00 (or
travel in central zones one and two) and £35 if you
are traveling between central and outer London. Bus
passes are much cheaper. Excellent discounts exist for
London is very well served by British Rail. Reductions
are available on British Rail if you buy a Young
Person’s Rail card, which is available to anyone under
25 years. If you are over 25 you are entitled to a
Student Rail card if you are engaged in 15 or more
hours of education a week. Both cards obtain a one
third reduction in price on train tickets. These cards
can be purchased from BR train stations. British Rail
has a number of special offers. Tickets may be cheaper
if you book them in advance. These are known as Apex
fares. It is important to note that when traveling at
peak hours, that is, before 9am and on certain trains
from about 5pm to 7pm, tickets will be considerably
more expensive. Traveling on a Friday and on certain
other days throughout the year is also more expensive.
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