Want to Relocate to UK? Here’s What You Need To Know About UK Living Expenses


To figure out how much money you will need to bring with you to the UK or how much an English education would cost, you must first create a budget.

To give you an idea of how much things cost and how much you should expect to pay, we’ve divided it into three categories: lodging prices, living expenditures, and a sample of what a few universities in the UK estimate it will cost to attend there. As always, expenses vary based on where you want to study in the country, so always contact your university as they will offer you the most precise information for the area of the UK you want to study in.

Student Accommodation

When you travel to the UK, you will have several alternatives for where to reside, and the prices may vary. If you are coming to the UK for university, you will almost certainly choose the Halls of Residence option, which typically starts at around £50 per week and can rise to around £80 per week for some larger campuses. Some will include catering facilities, such as a canteen, while others will only have a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.

If you do not want to live in the halls of residence, you can always go out and locate your own lodging; the ideal way to accomplish this is to form a group of six people with whom you want to live. You can then start house hunting to find your own place to live. The advantage of doing this is that it is fun to hunt for a property together, and secondly, because costs are split six ways, it can be a lot cheaper option. Rents might start at £35 per week and go up depending on the quality of the accommodation.

If you are visiting the UK for ESL classes or another reason, you may want to consider staying in a homestay. Because these are often shorter-term visits, it is uncommon to come to the UK for a degree program and stay at a homestay for the duration of your degree. Homestays often start about £100 per week in London and significantly less outside of the city. Although this appears to be more expensive, keep in mind that it includes all meals and accommodations.

Living Expenses

Many factors will influence what living expenses you will need to consider and how much they will cost you. For example, if you want to live the lifestyle you had with your parents in your native country, it will most likely be quite expensive, therefore you may have to make sacrifices!

As a rough reference, we computed the following costs for the major products you would require while in the UK:


If you buy your own food, attempt to spend £25 to £30 per week for food supplies. Of course, you may be smart and knowledgeable about this and save a lot more.

Telephone (landline)

BT has a base fee of £10 per month for only line rental; calls are levied on top of this, therefore the weekly cost is £2.50.

Telephone (mobile)

Mobile phone prices vary depending on your provider and tariff. Prepaid is normally less expensive for cost control, but if you make a lot of calls, a contract will start at £5 per week.

DSL / Internet

Most companies charge a base of £5/ week for standard DSL in the UK.


If you live in a house or apartment, you will need to budget for water, heating, and electricity, which can range from £10 per week for all costs depending on the time of year.


If you live away from campus, you will need to pay for travel expenses. This can range from £10 per week to more if you reside in London.

Study Materials

Books, notepads, paper, and printer cartridges are all necessities that should cost around £7 each week.


When you travel to the UK, it will not be all study; there will be time for some pleasure, so consider the cost of this. A cinema ticket in the UK costs approximately £8, a pint of beer approximately £3, and a DVD rental approximately £3. All of these expenses must be budgeted for, so save what you’ll need for fun!

Of course, this list is not exhaustive, but it will provide you with a starting point for determining how much goods will cost and the cost of living in the UK. There are various things you can do to reduce your living expenditures, and here are a few suggestions:


Tip 1 – Student NUS Card

When you join as a student in the United Kingdom, you will be issued an NUS card, which is a student ID card issued by the National Union of Students. You will be able to get discounts at many national stores with this card, so always inquire if you can get a discount!

Tip 2 – Choose where you shop

If you live in your own flat, house, or halls of residence without catering, you must purchase your own food. Supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s, Marks and Spencer’s, and Waitrose are generally more expensive than Tesco and Asda. Shop at Asda or Tesco to save money.

Tip 3 – Student NUS Card

Because you will want to call home frequently, your international calling costs will most likely be high. If you have DSL, you can use Skype to call people all over the world for little or no cost. Check out the “Call UK” area for low cost calling from the UK if you want to make inexpensive calls from your mobile or landline phone.

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