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Your first week it is probably easier to stay with friends, but don’t overstay your welcome and contribute to the household expenses. Otherwise hostel accommodation are a great option. Expect to pay £10-£25 a night depending on the size of the room and always ask about weekly rates, as there may be discounts available. Check out YHA hostels in London and the Generator Hostel in King's Cross is also popular with travellers.
Sharing a house/flat -Whether you live with friends or strangers, budget for about £150+ a week for your rent and bills.
Rent alone will probably be between £90-£110 a week for rent and you should check what bills (if any) are included. You'll usually have to pay at least one month's rent as a security deposit and your first month's rent upfront.
Flats/bedsits - A bedsit is a self-contained room with its own small kitchen, but a shared bathroom, and a studio flat has its own bathroom.
Bedsits start at about £90 a week in London but you'll be lucky to find a studio for less than £100.
A one-bedroom flat will cost about £180-£220 a week, depending on the area. Always check whether the rates include bills; some include hot water and gas but not electricity.
Check whether the quoted price of rent includes bills as this could add another £20-£30 per month for gas and electricity (depending on how many people you're sharing with).
Gas, in particular, can be expensive, especially in winter, as most internal heating runs on gas.
Once you have found your accommodation, secured yourself a job and are now earning your Euros or GB pounds, its time to relax, have some fun and enjoy the new lifestyle around you.
There are also a few of the major banks that offer the opportunity to do a lot of the bank account setup whilst in your home country. Please go to the majorUK & Irish bank sites to see if they offer this.
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