How expensive is it to live in the UK?

How expensive is it to live in the UK?


The UK offers some of the highest living conditions in the World. It makes the country one of the most sought-after destinations for those looking to move to either study or work abroad. In this article, we look at the cost of living in the UK and help to give you a guide to the sort of wages that you will need to earn in order to live here.


What is the average cost of study for international students in the UK?


According to the National Union of Students (NUS) in the UK, the average for studying in London is between $12,400 and $43,060 and depends very heavily on the course and the university it is studied at. The cost of tuition is just one of the costs that you will need to take into account if you want to study in the UK.


What are average wages in the UK?


The average that a full-time employee makes in the UK is 27,600 pounds. This means that you would take home around 1,800 pounds per month after tax and National Insurance. As you can see, it’s the average wages that make the UK such an interesting country to live in for work.


What are average housing costs in the UK?


Housing costs in the UK vary massively, but as many foreign students and workers head to the capital they will find that in London prices are the highest. You can spend anything from 700 pounds to several thousand pounds per month in and around the capital. Housing is by far the biggest cost of living in the UK.


Food & drink


The cost of food and drink in the UK are inline with many other European countries and are very reasonable due to a price war by the big supermarkets that keeps prices reasonable. Indeed if you shop around, you can significantly reduce prices and the addition of German discounters Aldi and Lidl have helped to keep prices down in the UK.


Cars & utilities


Heating and electricity are expensive in the UK and you would look to pay around 100 pounds per month for both. As for running a car, the UK is also relatively expensive due to high petrol and diesel prices. Though if you live in London, it is likely that you will not need a car due to a strong transport infrastructure.


How we can help


If you have taken the decision that the UK is indeed the right country to head to then please get in touch. Our immigration specialists can help you with any and all immigration queries that you may have and can put you in touch with relevant agencies to help with everything else.


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