Life in London


London

So, I was curious to find out how expensive London really is. We hear horror stories about it being the most expensive place in the world to live, but I wanted to find out about the costs of daily activities. It’s obvious that rent in London is going to be exorbitant, and I think that’s something we’re pretty aware of going in. However, I have found a site that details some costs of day to day things (food, games, etc.) This is based on an exchange rate of $1.51 (pretty close to our current exchange rate!):

Accommodation

Items Price Converted
Hostel – Dorm Bed £17.00 25.67
Hostel – Single Room £40.00 60.4
Hostel – Twin Room £60.00 90.61

 

Transportation

Items Price Converted
Tube – No Oyster – Single, Any Zone £4.00 6.04
Tube – With Oyster – Single, Zone 1-2 £1.50 2.26
Tube – With Oyster – Single, Zone 1-6 £3.50 5.28
Travelcard – 1 Day, Zones 1-2 £6.60 9.96
Travelcard – 1 Day, Zones 1-6 £13.20 19.93
Travelcard – 1 Week, Zones 1-2 £23.20 35.03
Travelcard – 1 Week, Zones 1-6 £43.00 64.93
Travelcard – 1 Month, Zones 1-2 £89.10 134.55
Travelcard – 1 Month, Zones 1-6 £165.20 249.48
Bus No Oyster – Single, All Zones £2.00 3.02
Bus – With Oyster – Single, All Zones £1.00 1.51
Bus Pass – 1 Day, All Zones £3.50 5.28
Bus Pass – 1 Week, All Zones £14.00 21.14
Bus Pass – 1 Month, All Zones £53.80 81.24
Stanstead Express – Single £14.50 21.89
Gatwick Express – Single £14.90 22.5
Heathrow Express – Single £15.50 23.4
Tour Bus – 24 Hour Pass £19.00 28.69

 

Attractions

Items Price Converted
Most Museums £0 0
Westminster Abbey £10.00 15.1
St Pauls £9.50 14.34
Tower of London £16.00 24.16
Tower Bridge Exhibition £6.00 9.06
London Eye £15.00 22.65
London Dungeon £14.95 22.57
London Zoo £13.05 19.7
Madam Thussads £15.00 22.65

 

Entertainment

Items Price Converted
DVD Rental £3.00 4.53
Cinema Ticket £10.00 15.1
West End Show – Cheapie Seats £22.00 33.22
Game of Bowling with Shoe Rental £12.00 18.12
Ice Skating at Somerset House – 1 hour £10.00 15.1
Major Summer Festivals – 3 Days £130.00 196.32

 

Groceries

Items Price Converted
Milk – 1 pint £0.35 0.52
Milk – 4 pints £1.15 1.73
Large Eggs x12 £2.09 3.15
Butter – 250g £0.64 0.96
Cheddar – 400g £3.06 4.62
Feta – 200g £1.29 1.94
Sour Cream – 300ml £0.69 1.04
Broccoli – 1kg £3.30 4.98
Zucchini (Courgettes) – 1kg £1.98 2.99
Green Beans – 1kg £7.40 11.17
Spinach – 1kg £3.38 5.1
Mushrooms – 1kg £1.85 2.79
Onions – 1kg £0.73 1.1
Green, Yellow, Red Peppers – Each £0.68 1.02
Baking Potatoes – 1kg £1.28 1.93
Carrots – 1kg £0.64 0.96
Sweetcorn – x4 £2.79 4.21
Tomatoes – 1kg £1.29 1.94
Eggplant (Aubergine) – Each £0.99 1.49
Salmon Fillet – 1kg £13.42 20.26
King Prawns – 1kg £14.95 22.57
Scallops – 1kg £25.25 38.13
10 Chicken Drumsticks – 1.45kg £2.75 4.15
Chicket Breast Fillets – 1kg £5.99 9.04
Whole Chicken – 1.35kg £3.49 5.27
Turkey Steaks – 1kg £5.49 8.29
Rump Steak – 1kg £8.98 13.56
Sirloin Steak – 1kg £12.87 19.43
Fillet Steak – 1kg £18.89 28.52
Beef Burgers – x2 £1.79 2.7
Beef Mince – 1kg £2.80 4.22
Bacon – 300g £0.96 1.44
Pork Chops – 1kg £4.49 6.78
Pork Sausages – 454g £1.64 2.47
Lamb Chops – 1kg £11.99 18.1
Lamb Roasting Joint – 600g £5.99 9.04
Ben & Jerrys Ice Cream 500ml £3.78 5.7

 

Health & Beauty

Items Price Converted
Listerine Mouth Wash 250ml £1.95 2.94
Colgate Toothbrush £2.39 3.6
Colgate Toothpaste 100ml £0.93 1.4
Gilliette Mach 3 Razor £4.99 7.53
Gillette Venus Razer £5.95 8.98
Shaving Foam £0.96 1.44
Bar of Soap £0.45 0.67
Clean and Clear Face Wash – 100ml £2.78 4.19
Shower Gel – 100ml £1.79 2.7
Herbal Essence Shampoo – 250ml £1.99 3
Herbal Essence Conditioner – 250ml £1.99 3
Nivea Sunscreen – 200ml £9.99 15.08
Nice N Easy Hair Dye £4.78 7.21

 

Snacks

Items Price Converted
Water – 500ml £0.55 0.83
Water – 2L £1.50 2.26
Coke – Can £0.50 0.75
Coke – 500ml £0.85 1.28
Tropicana Orange Juice – 330ml £1.09 1.64
Lipton Iced Tea – 500ml £0.89 1.34
Doritos – Small Bag £0.45 0.67
Mars Bar £0.45 0.67
Reese Peanut Butter Cups £0.60 0.9

 

Booze

Items Price Converted
Bacardi White Rum – 70cl £12.19 18.4
Malibu – 70cl £11.99 18.1
Pimms – 1L £16.79 25.35
Smirnoff Red Label Vodka – 70cl £11.29 17.05
Gordons Dry Gin – 70cl £11.49 17.35
Jack Daniels Whiskey – 70cl £17.69 26.71
Canadian Club Whiskey – 70cl £12.99 19.61
Jim Beam Bourbon – 70cl £15.99 24.14
Cheap Ass Bottle of Wine – 75cl £3.00 4.53
Cask of Wine – 3L £14.99 22.63
Budweiser 6x300ml £4.94 7.46
John Smiths Bitter – 4x440ml £3.64 5.49
Becks – 4x440ml £2.89 4.36
Fosters – 4x440ml £2.89 4.36
Carlsberg – 4x440ml £2.28 3.44
Carling – 4x440ml £2.89 4.36
Guinness – 4x440ml £3.89 5.87
Newcastle Brown Ale – 4x550ml £5.99 9.04
Magners Cider – 4x500ml £5.49 8.29
Blackthorn Cider – 4x440ml £3.39 5.11
Gaymers Cider – 3L Oh ya! £3.99 6.02

 

Down the Pub

Items Price Converted
Pint of Lager £2.60 3.92
Pint of Ale £2.60 3.92
Corona – 330ml £3.00 4.53
Pint of Strongbow £2.60 3.92
Magners – 700ml £3.10 4.68
Bacardi Breezer – 275ml £3.50 5.28
Smirnoff Ice – 275ml £3.50 5.28
Gin and Tonic £4.00 6.04
Jack Daniels and Coke £4.00 6.04
Bottle of House Wine £12.00 18.12
Large Glass of House Wine £4.00 6.04
Game of Pool £1.00 1.51
Packet of Crisps £0.50 0.75

 

Fast Food

Items Price Converted
MacDonalds Bic Mac Meal £3.49 5.27
MacDonalds Double Cheeseburger £1.10 1.66

 

Monthly Gym Membership

Items Price Converted
Fitness First £41.00 61.91
Soho Gyms £40.00 60.4

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This chart is courtesy of Stuck In London. I thought it would helpful to fellow students heading overseas! Provided the exchange rate stays where it’s at (or becomes more favorable) we should be alright <3.

Catch up with you kids soon,

Shannon

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