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Could i ask average expenses to live in London..

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1. Posted by skyef (Full Member 105 posts) 9y

Hi all,

There's a possibility of moving to London for my work holiday programme. I've heard of how expensive it is to live in London and know it's true. Would appreciate some sharing and advice anyone know the salary range needed per month for the most 'basic + practical survival?' That is doing it with..

- self cooking at home
- walking or cycling to work (avoiding tube fares even oyster card)
- no beers not so much of partying
- room rental (not coach surfing)

And are stuff in supermarkets like Sainsbury more expensive than other region in the UK?

2. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

If you want to avoid travelling to work by any means other than foot or pedal power, you're going to need to get a place in the city. Not only is this very expensive it's very hard to find anything.

Will the company you work for foot the rent bill? If not, I would suggest living outside the city and commuting. Unfortunately, both options are very expensive.

3. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

Check this site out. Note that rents often do not include bills.

4. Posted by skyef (Full Member 105 posts) 9y

mikeyBoab :

If you want to avoid travelling to work by any means other than foot or pedal power, you're going to need to get a place in the city. Not only is this very expensive it's very hard to find anything.

Will the company you work for foot the rent bill? If not, I would suggest living outside the city and commuting. Unfortunately, both options are very expensive.

No i've not got a job so i wouldn't know . I've heard how people who got so use to commuting became mad after a period of time. Met a Londoner when i was in Edinburgh, this lady wanted to escape the London life and traffic..

5. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

Quoting skyef

I've heard how people who got so use to commuting became mad after a period of time.

That doesn't surprise me. I think you either like London or you don't.

Check out that link that I posted and see if the prices on display work realistically within your budget. If not, and you don't want to commute, you're going to have to rethink the whole thing.

London is an expensive place to live. My cousing was offered a job in London straight out of university with a very good salary. She sat down and worked out her budget and found that she would actually need to ask her parents for money each month just to break even.

6. Posted by skyef (Full Member 105 posts) 9y

Thanks mikeyBoab. I'll see how things will go, think gotta get a really good pay rate job, the way we spend in daily expenses probably counts too :)

7. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 9y

I lived in London for 3 years and I must admit I found the whole thing about London being really expensive a bit overblown.

Yes, if you are on the minimum wage then it certainly is an expensive place to live, but this is the same pretty much everywhere. Try living anywhere and surviving on the wage of a waiter or barman and it's not going to be easy.

Apart from your wage, the next thing that is really going to determine your disposable income is the amount you pay in rent. An expensive place will obviously soak up a lot of your income.

I tend to look at expenses not in terms of dollars or pounds, but in terms of the percentage of your income that the expense consumes.