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Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
Hi, my cousin is moving to UK next month and we were checking how much funds he will need in next couple of months, so i was just wondering if people here can help us out on some reality of living cost in UK esp. in London and Birmingham.

Thankx in advance.

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    My basic living costs in London (rent, bills, Council tax, food) are about £1000.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    piccolo wrote: »
    My basic living costs in London (rent, bills, Council tax, food) are about £1000.
    thankx and is there other expenses except those someone should expect. We were calculating it can go around 1,500 pound/m.

    And can you please write their cost individually, e.g; rent--500, bills 40, something like that. Thankx alot.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    thankx and is there other expenses except those someone should expect. We were calculating it can go around 1,500 pound/m.

    And can you please write their cost individually, e.g; rent--500, bills 40, something like that. Thankx alot.

    A lot of it depends on the person.

    Does he know everything he'll need to budget for?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    He will NEED to budget for rent and utilities. Anywhere outside of London you're looking at from £350 a month for a 1 bed flat upwards, and about £50 a month for gas, water and electricity. For food, we're a married couple and we spend about £150-£200 a month on food, so he'll probably need half that.

    Everything else is a luxury and prices will change depending on which companies he decides to use for phones, internet e.t.c.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Whowhere wrote: »
    He will NEED to budget for rent and utilities. Anywhere outside of London you're looking at from £350 a month for a 1 bed flat upwards, and about £50 a month for gas, water and electricity. For food, we're a married couple and we spend about £150-£200 a month on food, so he'll probably need half that.

    Everything else is a luxury and prices will change depending on which companies he decides to use for phones, internet e.t.c.

    Didn't know you were married, congrats! lol

    I am thinking when I leave uni where monthly I spend... £450 ish I'm gonna have a big shock based on what people have said here hehe.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    For me...

    Rent + council tax = £425 (don't forget council tax!)
    Phone = £20
    Transport = £40
    Food = £65
    Bills = £50
    Other = £75

    So maybe around.... £675 - 700?

    Bearing in mind I can't afford to spend much more as I am on such low wages. I also can't afford to socialise because some months I don't even make enough to cover basic living costs.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    he is skilled worker (Software Engineer) and has got a job of 35,000 k pa, so i suppose it will be easy for him to manage his finances, thanks all.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    If he is on £35K he should be fine :)

    Does he know what sort of area he will want to live in? Where is he going to be working?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Namaste wrote: »
    For me...

    Rent + council tax = £425 (don't forget council tax!)
    Phone = £20
    Transport = £40
    Food = £65
    Bills = £50
    Other = £75

    So maybe around.... £675 - 700?

    Bearing in mind I can't afford to spend much more as I am on such low wages. I also can't afford to socialise because some months I don't even make enough to cover basic living costs.

    My rent and tax is almost £600,
    Phone £30
    Landline / internet £11
    Food £70
    Bills £50

    Other stuff is obviously luxuries but can go up to about £100 depending. Also, averaging it out, it's probably about £20/month on clothes.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    sneer wrote: »
    If he is on £35K he should be fine :)

    Does he know what sort of area he will want to live in? Where is he going to be working?
    Initially he will be living with his/my cousion in reading and go to london daily as my other cousion go, but in next couple of months he will try to look something in london, thankx all for the reply.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    How do you guys/girls get away with paying only £65-£70 per month for food? I struggle to spend less than £35 per week and that's without even dining out. That's £35 per week at the supermarket!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Monserrat wrote: »
    How do you guys/girls get away with paying only £65-£70 per month for food? I struggle to spend less than £35 per week and that's without even dining out. That's £35 per week at the supermarket!

    Indeed - doing the sums £65 / £70 per 30 days is £2.16 / £2.33 a day. If I consider that I have breakfast (milk around 15p a portion I'm guessing, cereal 25p), lunch (£1 if I'm at home, £2.50 if I'm at campus) and tea (at least £2 at home)... and that's sharing with 3 other people. It's much more expensive being on your own from experience.

    But I would imagine that they grow their own veg and all that :p. I think, sharing the cost, we spend £20-£25 a week each. But my housemates do have an annoying habit of getting non-economy poultry and meat because it's mean, or something.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    piccolo wrote: »
    My rent and tax is almost £600,
    Phone £30
    Landline / internet £11
    Food £70
    Bills £50

    Other stuff is obviously luxuries but can go up to about £100 depending. Also, averaging it out, it's probably about £20/month on clothes.

    Shit your rent is high.

    I live in Zone 6 see. Man, I thought I was paying a lot. :rolleyes:

    3 are pretty cheap for phones.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    wow in manchester city centre you look to pay between £500-600 for a 1bedroom. you could get one for 450 but they're not that great.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    rent + council tax £700
    Travel £116 (but free for me)
    Phone £40
    Electricty £30
    Gas £40
    Water £uc! kn*ws
    Internet £10
    Food £60
    Credit Card £240
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Rent £1517
    Council tax £95
    Travel £99 - Zone 1-2 travel card (Not including taxis.)
    Phone + internet £35 ish
    Electricity + Gas £120 approx (winter and I had the settings on a bit long)
    Food (supermarket) £250-300
    Eating out £God knows

    Then there are personal debts (credit card, loan etc), and mobile bill but those don't really fall under direct living expenses, more 'additional'.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    lipsy wrote: »
    wow in manchester city centre you look to pay between £500-600 for a 1bedroom. you could get one for 450 but they're not that great.

    :yes: i live in a 2 bedroomed apartment in castlefield (5-10 min walk off deansgate) by the canal and me and my flatmate pay £700 per month.

    its too expensive for what it is really. can't wait to move out at the end of next month :grump:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    g_angel wrote: »
    Food (supermarket) £250-300

    is that just for youuuu? :crazyeyes
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Mortgage - £600
    Council Tax - £80 (single person suplement)
    Bills (Electric, gas, water) - £120
    Phone, broadband, sky - £42
    Food - £150 - £200
    Buildings and contents insurance - £20
    TV Licence- £12
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    g_angel wrote: »
    Rent £1517

    :crazyeyes My lordy
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    is that just for youuuu? :crazyeyes

    Well, me and t'missus. We don't tend to buy much booze in our main shopping trips.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    kangoo wrote: »
    :crazyeyes My lordy

    Central London is :shocking: That's for a small one bedroom.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    g_angel wrote: »
    Central London is :shocking: That's for a small one bedroom.

    Fuck me I was imagining a palace
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