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Cost of one month in London

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1. Posted by SRenae (Budding Member 2 posts) 4y

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Hi There,

I am going to be doing a course based at Ealing Studios next year during May and am just trying to get an idea of what kind of living costs I will be looking at during that time.

I have never been to London (or the UK for that matter) so I do not really understand what is standard pricing for things - but I have heard that things are pretty pricey.

I currently live in Sydney, Australia, so I think I am pretty well aquainted with high cost cities...but I still would like a rough idea of what I am going to be looking at for that time.

I am also trying to figure out what is going to be my cheapest option in terms of putting a roof over my head. I am considering doing a "homestay" where I rent out a room in someones home for the month and its looking to cost bewteen 20-30 per night which sometimes includes a dinner as well. Is this my cheapest option?

I would also like to get a rough idea of what public transport costs in London (or Ealing at least)...

...and what an individual, who cooks mostly their own food rather than getting lots of take away, would spend each week on food?

If there are any additional costs that a non-local wouldnt expect, I would love to know about them too.

Thanks in advance.

2. Posted by daphnemaia (Full Member 155 posts) 4y


Since the place you will be working at will be out of Zone 1-2, the costs should be considerably cheaper than if you were to stay in central London.

I would think London is comparable in terms of cost of living with Sydney, so you should be accustomed to it. I live in Singapore and I didn't find grocery shopping too expensive in London. Transport can add up to quite a bit if you were to commute on a daily basis, to and from work. To keep costs low, I would suggest trying to find accommodation at a location near your workplace, so that you can walk or cycle to work!

I think you should start looking for accom on craigslist or similar sites. Those require a lot more searching and coordinating with hosts, but it might work out cheaper. Alternatively, sites like roomorama and airbnb might turn out something useful for you. For example:

This room, This room,
This room, or This room.

(I didn't check the availability of the rooms in the links, so do check and make enquiries!)

Airbnb is a little easier. Here's a search I did for you.

Do note that Airbnb and Roomorama has some charges to book, but it's pretty affordable in the grand scheme of things. Nothing too ridiculous! :)

Public transport costs: Get an Oyster card. Fares per trip could range from £2 onwards, I believe. But per day costs are capped at £7.80.

Sounds okay for a day out on a weekend, but you might not necessarily want to pay this amount to get to work daily, so again, try to cut costs by staying near your workplace! :) (Means you can sleep in more too, hehe)

I can't advise you on the amount spent on groceries, cos I think it's really subjective! Depends on how much you eat, or what kind of stuff you'd like to cook with. But I generally find prices okay, though vegetables and fruits are quite a bit more expensive than what I am used to.

Hope this helps you. Good luck! I think you're in for a pretty exciting time. :)

3. Posted by chardcrest (Budding Member 20 posts) 4y

Wishing you a happy trip, traveling to Europe cost a lot if you don't know how to manage things like accommodation, transportation fare and food allowance.

4. Posted by SRenae (Budding Member 2 posts) 4y


Thank you for all that information Daphnemaia! It gave me lots to think about.

I will look into Oyster Cards for sure! And think that finding a family to 'host' me is my cheapest option right now as they charge around 20 - 30 GBP per day which works out cheaper than renting a room i think.

But thank you for all your info! :) Much appreciated!

5. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 4y

SRenae, with the exchange rate the way it is at the moment, the costs of day to day stuff in London is not very expensive compared to what it's been in the past. Having returned from a brief trip to London a few weeks back (but having spent 3 years there some time ago) I think you'll find things a bit cheaper than Sydney.

Your specific questions are more difficult to answer, however the cost of the tube is roughly about the same as the train in Sydney. Groceries are a fair bit cheaper though. The homestay at 20-30 pounds per night sounds like good value.

By the way, I'm also from Sydney so I know how expensive this place is. Overall, for what you're doing, I'd say London is a bit cheaper.

You'll have a blast.