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1. Posted by lleo (Budding Member 2 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi there, my name is leon. Im about to embark on what i would call a journey of my lifetime so far.

I have travelled to various countries near my home country such as south africa, Zimbabwe etc.

I will be traveling to the uk on the 27 of much 2005.
I have never been to a country that is so economically different from mine and as such its been difficult for me to estimate how much money i need to come with.

Im looking at living in a disciplined student budget and would not mind doing some odd jobs to make ends meet.

The question i would like to ask are:Can i easily get a job that would supplement my stay in Manchester, Leeds or Birmingham?
How much does one have to spend on food and transport in the aforementioned cities.I would appreciate any assistance from any one with an idea and sugestions on what am talking about.Peace, much love,Im out.

2. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

how long will you be there for ?

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Leon,

My only input would be that London is really, really, really expensive. The pound sterling is 2.5 times that of the Canadian dollar, and I found myself spending $10 on an orange juice and a chocolate bar. I was there just 3 days, but what a hole it ate on my dwindling budget!

I don't know about work or surrounding areas, though. I'm sure there are people here who could show you how to be super-economical. Wish I knew them before I left!


4. Posted by kkwijibo (Full Member 56 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I live in Manchester and have familiy and friends in both London and Birmingham. Like Tway says, London is VERY expensive, but then again it is a bigger city and there's more tourist things to see, but because it usually takes me about 1-2hrs to get from 1 place to another in London I don't like it.
Birmingham is o.k. but the place has no character (sorry if any brummies are reading this, but thats the truth ;)).
In Manchester, you've got the world's greatest footy team!! the lake district, and plush country side of north wales is near by and apart from the cost of accomodation (around £200-£300 pcm for student places)everything else is just regular prices.
Public transport is good, around £3 for weekly bus passes on busy student routes into town, you can usually get a round of 4-5 drinks for £10, eating out at restaurants rarely costs more than a tenner, if you go with your mates for a chinese/curry and order different things to share.

Let me know if you want to find out anything else.