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London Price Of Life

By Cadence Clifton

International studies preferring London to complete their higher studies should consider the point of dwelling expenses in London. This guide will be of aid for to understand the London prices of every facility such cost and expenditures related with living, working and eating. An informed decision is always a better and firmer decision especially when it’s related with relocation.

To start off with, London is the most expensive city in the United Kingdom. As with most Western European capitals, prices do tend to be on the higher end of the scale across the board, for housing, food, entertainment and travel. Expatriates and travellers alike will notice the higher cost and it can take some getting used to.

Central London also known as the Westminster area is the main financial district, as such it boasts prime real estate prices. The cost of accommodation is relatively cheaper in the boroughs, though this can vary from area to area. On average if you are looking for a one bedroom rental flat in the outer boroughs, you can expect to pay between six hundred to eight hundred pounds per month.

The cost of using the public transportation on a weekly basis, in London can fluctuate between 40 and 80 pounds. But this cost would also depend on the zone/s that you need to travel to. The expenditure for food for two people can cost around 60 pounds per week. But this may also vary. If you eat out quite regularly then the cost for food can go really high. When it comes to entertainment be prepared to spend around 10 pounds for a movie ticket and more than 25 pounds if you want to watch a play.

The cost of living in London can be quite steep especially when you make the initial move and are still getting used to the city. There are bound to be many incidental and unforeseen costs so it is best to prepare for this.

For instance when you first find a place to stay you will have to put up the first month’s rent plus a bond, which is the general market practice. Other unforeseen costs may include things like having to buy a new mobile phone if yours cannot be used in London or you might have to pay to have your phone unlocked by your previous mobile service provider.

Living in the big city is a dream for many and ultimately staying within your budget is a matter of self discipline and financial prudence. Hold off on the partying and shopping till you have a steady income and are settled in. You can also bargain hunt when shopping for essentials. It is easy to walk around London, so if the weather permits you can save a couple of pounds and shed a couple of kilos by walking around.

London is a vibrant and exciting city that is rich in culture and history. While the cost of living in London is high, it can definitely be worth the while.

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