Cost of Living

Living in the UK is expensive compared to many places in the World. The cost of living
will of course depend on the individual situation (and taste!) of each student, but you still need to be prepared financially. Please check out a Currency Converter to get an idea of what your currency will be worth in the UK.

Host Family

We strongly recommend our students to stay at one of our carefully selected host families. This will not only help accelerate your rate of progress as you will only be able to communicate in English, but will also give you the opportunity to experience the English way of life, home cooking and social habits.
The weekly cost of staying with a host family is about £ 140. This will include bed, breakfast and evening meal seven days per week. Some families also provide lunch at weekends.
You will have your own bedroom and many hosts will also take you out to social or sporting events.
Quite often there will be students of various nationalities staying in the same house.
All our host families are fully inspected by our staff to ensure that they meet our specific standards prior to them being included on our register.
Please see our accommodation section for further details and photos.

Average Cost of Accommodation in Manchester

...Flat-Share Rental per month

..£290 - £390 (single), £450 - £700 (double)


..House Rental per Month

..£ 450 - £ 900


..UK cost of Food & Drink

..weekly grocery bill (including food, basic laundry
..and toiletry items for 2 people)


..Average meal

..£6 - £10

..Average meal

..£12 - £20


Accommodation when you arrive : If you haven't already organised accommodation for when you first arrive make sure you have enough money for hostel or hotel accommodation (from £ 40 upwards per night).

Bond and first months rent : If you intend to rent a flat/house for the long-term this will be your most significant outlay. When leasing a flat or a room in a shared flat/house a refundable deposit which is usually equal to 4 weeks rent may be needed. In addition you will normally be asked to pay one month's rent in advance.

Transport : Manchester is a big City with buses, trams and trains. Make sure you have some UK currency when you first arrive for public transport or to take a taxi.

Mobile phone : Avoid phone contracts if possible and opt for pre-pay calling.

Internet access : The College provides wireless Internet access and you are also welcome to use our Computer facilities. Internet access is also available at many of our host families.

Clothing : The weather in the UK can be quite cold and damp between October and March and you should bring with you some warm clothing.

Eating and drinking : Eating out in Manchester isn't cheap and it will be more economical to buy groceries and prepare your own meals.

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