A Guide to London Living Costs
We’ve put together a rough guide on the cost of essentials like: rent, bills, food and travel so you can plan ahead (and have more left over for the fun stuff).
How much do things cost?
|Average Weekly cost||More information|
|Accommodation||£130||There are also a few costs to cover before you move in. Find out more about accommodation.|
|Household bills||£25 or £0 if you're in halls||You can keep these low with our tips on saving money, spotting deals and student discounts below.|
|Food and housekeeping||£35||You can still save by buying cheaper brands and trying to eat out less (we know food in London is hard to resist).|
|Mobile phone||£6-10||Many phone networks offer student discounts.|
Students get 30% off on public transport.
|Study costs||Varies||Your fees cover basic materials, spaces and support but you'll need to buy any extra special materials you choose to produce your work.|
How you can save (discounts!)
Lots of places in London offer great student discounts. Here are just a few that you can use to make spending easier:
Council Tax - you may be exempt from paying Council Tax.
Travel - you could save 30% on travel with:
• 16-18 Zip Oyster photocard
• 18+Student Oyster photocard
• 16-25 Railcard
NUS Extra - enjoy fantastic discounts on clothing, food, health and fitness, entertainment and more.
IT discounts - get money off on things like Apple computers and Microsoft Office.
ArtFund Student Art Pass - save big on entry to London's amazing museums and exhibitions.
How you can manage your money
Here are some good tools to help you keep track of your funds:
How we can help
If you end up in considerable non-University debt while you’re a student, it is vital that you to seek advice immediately.
The Student Advice Service has specialist regulated Debt Advisers who provide free, confidential and impartial advice and support for non-UAL debts. They can help students to:
- Manage repayments
- Regain control over their finances
- Stop increasing pressure from creditors
A few things to remember
- Tuition fees aren’t included here so do make sure that’s all organised before you start your course.
- Everyone's experience is different and living costs can vary, so we've provided you with an average.
- If you do run into any financial trouble, contact the Student Advice Service as soon as possible – we’re here to help.