Information for international students on living in London


The cost of living in London.

It is impossible to be exact about students living expenses. As ever, it
depends on what you choose to do. London can be expensive but the
opportunities to get the best out of London on a limited budget are
enormous. London is affordable and the best time to take advantage of
all that the city has to offer is as a student.

You need to ensure that you have sufficient funds for your fees and that
you have enough money for accommodation, food, travel, books and other
living expenses. This section is intended as a guideline only and living
costs will vary according to your own circumstances and lifestyle.
Students should assume that the estimated living expenses given below
represent a guide to the sum required to live in reasonable comfort in

Generally, you should prepare yourself (and save accordingly) for the following costs while in London:

  • Accommodation
  • Food and Dining
  • Transport
  • Entertainment
  • Initial Costs

While its important to be aware of the costs you will be facing as a
student, don’t let it put you off! As long as you plan carefully and
think about cost-saving strategies the cost of living in England or the
rest of the UK need not be prohibitive. In the UK, shared housing and
utilising the excellent public transport networks are two significant
ways to reduce your costs of living. All information data was correct at
the time of publishing. accommodation may have increased by £100 to
£400 per month-depending upon your choice and style of living. For
latest information seek help and guidance from relevant authorities.

Please note values below are subject to change and are rough indicators

Average Cost of Accommodation in London (At time of publishing)

Flat-Share Rental per month

One Bedroom Flat Rental per month

East London£290 – £390 (single),
£430 – £600 (double)
East London£750 – £950
West London£280 – £430 (single),
£459 – £690 (double)
West London£700 – £800
South London£280 – £500 (single),
£350 – £650 (double)
South London£600 – £700
North London£300 -£400 (single),
£430 – £550 (double)
North London£650 – £750
UK cost of Food & Drink
Average weekly grocery bill (including food, basic laundry and toiletry items)£30
Average pub meal£6 – £10
Average restaurant meal£4 – £7
Average meal for two in mid-priced restaurant£25

UK cost of Transportation

For Single or return Journey Zone 1, Zone 1-6, Weekly zone Travel card:
It is recommended to check Transport for London ( website for most up to date information.

UK cost of Entertainment

West End Theatre£25+
Club/Pub Entry£5 – £20
Live music/concerts£10+
Chart CDs£8 – £12
New release DVD rental£3.50

Accommodation when you arrive:

This will be your most significant outlay. When leasing a flat or room
in a flat-share bond can be up to 6 weeks rent and on top of that you
will probably have to pay up to a months rent in advance. This could be
as much as £800 depending on the price of your rent.

Flat and job hunting can take a lot of trekking across the city on
Tubes and buses. Make sure you have some cash for public transport or to
purchase an Oyster card.

Utilise your student or youth travel card:
You are entitled to many discounts if you have a student or
International youth travel card. This includes discounted entry to
museums, cinemas and clubs. There are also special deals and discounts
associated with Oyster cards, so keep it handy at all times.

Join the local library:
Once you are settled in a suburb one of the first things you should do
is join your local library. Many have free computers and Internet access.
You may have to pay for the CD or USB for courses

Information was for correct at the time of printing and we can not be held or liable for any loss however it is caused by above or any information.