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Including rent, bills food etc?
I have to live off £70 a week excluding rent and bills. How much is your rent?
i managed to live off £168 a week for about six weeks late last year. wasn't much fun, but i got by. of course, it depends on you finding somewhere UBERCHEAP
You could get some shitty place for 110 including bills that isn't too far out in the wops, 15 quid for transport if you took the bus, 20 for 'entertainment', 35 for food, 1 pound for a pack of jelly snakes, which would leave you with 19 to fritter away as you pleased
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You should be able to survive on that anywhere. Not that I've ever lived in London, but still...
I barely scrap by every month and I earn quite a bit more than that. I'm not very good at keeping my food budget at work cheap though. I lack a freezer at home that makes things even more pricey!
I pay 115 a week in a house share in stokey, or at least I used to before my rent went up.
i want uni accomodation that eats up 3/4 of that
But easily doable.
and my monthly rent is only £220
acting all frivolous in times like these. You should leave your moneybelt at home when you're going down the shop.
Does anyone own a moneybelt these days?
some pikey nicked it though. Thankfully it was empty.
bastard pubs for stealing my money off me like that. i'm on a tighter budget this term though so will have to get by on less
but not enough to have a particularly good time.
Pint of beer: £4
Travel: £2 - £5/day
£5 all you can eat meal: £35
your dignity and soul: £100
Camden Dealers: £10 per mile
£800 a month is easily doable.
My rent is £450 a month all in, plus another £100 a month for my travelcard. I spend about £150 a month on food, which leaves £100 for crips and pop. You won't be able to go out every night, but you'll get by.
after tax it should be fairly doable, before tax my comment above holds true
You'll be fine.
my naive friend
except the John Snow. They keep the beer terribly.
considering rents can be upwards of 130 if you get a studio. that leaves £70 for bills (£15), food (£30), tax (£??) and going out (£15).
you'll be scraping around.
unless you plan on living somewhere out in the boondocks. I had a studio in wood green with a separate kitchen for £90 which was pretty good going.
think you'll have a great time either!! Maybe you don't drink or eat much or like going out though.
it wasn't a whole lot of fun, but this may have been because for me there wasn't a guaranteed end in sight. if there was it probably would've been better.
but be prepared to be bored out of your mind, because the rent and council tax on even the shittiest of rooms is going to eat the majority of that up.
getting a room in a shared house would be cheapest - otherwise you'll be in a scary bed-sit set up that probably won't be too nice. you could probably get rent/bills together under about £110. Then you have transport - i'd say about £15 a week for the bus, or double that for the tube, £30. Which er, leaves you with £20 for food, and then you have £60 to go out with, which will make up for being hungry quite often and living somewhere that's maybe a bit unpleasant. Hmmm.
if you only want one night out a week and don't mind eating cheaply
paid £85/week (all bills included) for rent, £15 for travel to work, had to pay for my phone, the rest was mine to spend on food and gigs. It is possible, though I'd advocate getting some evening work (teaching tutorials gets you a chunk).
I ended up using my credit card though, sometimes to see gigs, sometimes to date a girl I was seeing at the time.
which is just zone 3 (near zone 2, about 20 min walk from Peckham, 2 miles directly east of brixton)
but just to recap - it was a room in a 6 person house very near Honor Oak overland station, near Forest Hill, a bit south of new cross, a bit north west of peckham. The only transport after 11pm was the N63 (which went to the bottom of my road though) from Elephant and Castle.
I'm glad I moved, but it was fine for my needs back then.
Probably for the best
it's a mix of middle class vacuum and scummy council blocks. Nothing else really.
a) it sounds like a Super Mario level
b) it's so far away from everything you might as well not live in London
getting to town wasn't so bad once you know the train times, as it roastie says it takes 10 min to LBG, and getting home just meant getting to E&C and then a 20 min night bus.
But it could take a while, and it was dull dull dull
we did have a pond and big garden though. If you wanted to do some writing or whatever, it'd have been a pretty sound place.
Would that make Honour Oak a hippy Max Payne level?
I get £960 a month, and pay £650 a month on rent and bills, giving me £310 to spend on living.
I get by just about, could really use a payrise however
it's a ripoff.
esp. if you live in south east london.
South East London is for winners.
except for the winners bit. SE london is boring, unless you live in greenwich, in which case it's a bit dull but very pretty
creaky knees, creakyknees?
is making me feel like I am very bad with my money!
It's probably just about doable if you arent so precious as to want to live near a tube. Deptford or New Cross or somewhere you can probably get a room for around £300 a month and it's not long at all on a train or bus into town.
both new cross and forest hill will have the tube in the next year
provided you have ample credit card and overdraft facilities
^ personal experience