Living conditions

U.K. poverty is low. According to the Office for National Statistics, 7.3 per cent of the U.K.’s population experience persistent poverty. Conditions are slightly worse for women, since 8.2 per cent of the female population experiences persistent poverty, compared to only 6.3 per cent of the male population. Great Britain and Northern Ireland overall have a poverty rate of 16.7 per cent, and this is slightly lower than 17.3 per cent, the average for the European Union.


U.K. quality of life is quite high. A recent study on the quality of life ranked the United Kingdom at the fifth place out of all European nations. This list looked at broadband speed, pollution, cost of living and many other factors. 


These are some of the benefits of living in the UK:

      1. Less violence
      2. Much easier, more productive, less expensive healthcare
      3. More predictable and far less stressful climate.
      4. Less racism
      5. More economic security
      6. Less pollution
      7. More employment opportunities
      8. Safe drinking water
      9. Cheaper or free medical services
      10. A safe place to live in
      11. Free education for children
      12. Individual freedom and security
      13. Multicultural environment
      14. Rich in language and culture
      15. Use of sophisticated technology in day to day life

Source: Wikipedia

Living Costs

For international students, apart from tuition fees, the main cost is living expenses. Living in the UK is generally good value for money. It is one of the wealthiest countries in the world and the standard of living is very high.

However, coming to the UK  you will have to learn to manage your money successfully to stay away from financial troubles. London and the southeast of England are going to be the most expensive areas to live in with some of the larger northern cities, like Edinburgh, Manchester and Leeds, coming close behind in terms of the cost of living.

You will have to allow around 10,000 to 12,000 pounds a year for your living expenses. Here are some of the average prices that you should budget for:

    • Student accommodation: 100 pounds per week
    • Food/household shopping: 30 to 33 pounds per week
    • Clothing: 12 pounds per week
    • Household goods(including laundry): 8 to 12 pounds per week
    • Course costs: books, stationery, photocopying of course materials etc. -32 pounds per week
    • Travel: this will vary a lot depending on where you are living and how much you travel around the UK- average outside London is 15 pounds per week; inside London is 18 pounds per week.
    • Social activities: average is 38 pounds per week

 Major Expenses

#Accommodation and bills: Accommodation is your largest expense after your tuition fees. You will have to pay a deposit of one month’s rent in many places. You get this back when you leave minus the cost of repairing or replacing any breakages from during your stay. Costs per month range from:

-Self-catering halls of residence- 180 to 360 pounds

-Catered halls of residence- 320 to 400 pounds

#Groceries: Food and household shopping, apart from in catered halls, is about 100 to 120 pounds a month. Try to make savings by buying in bulk with any other students you live with.

#Entertainment: Many students prefer to stay on campus because off campus prices for drinks, food and entertainment, such as DJs, bands and quiz nights are higher. But if you stay on campus then you will not find out very much more about what the rest of the country is like.

Source: Wikipedia

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