Settling down in an abroad destination like UK Birmingham comes with many underlying challenges and one being having to save on the budget. There are ways to spend wisely on student accommodation in Birmingham.
Vibrant, entertaining and friendly – these are just some of the words used to describe the bustling city of Birmingham. Many people still think of Birmingham as a city of industry but today this UK’s second-largest city. It has been transformed into a place of culture, green spaces and opportunities. It is also known for being one of the youngest cities in Europe due to the huge presence of students spread across 5 universities in the city.
So, if you are considering moving to Birmingham for studies or in accommodation like Lakeside Birmingham then you should definitely know the various costs you might incur, which will help you make an informed decision. The Lakeside is a modern student accommodation overlooking the picturesque Chancellors Lake and it is too close to Aston University.
1. Tuition Fees
As a student, you can expect your annual tuition fees to be around £13,000 to £42,000 per year depending on the course and university. There are multiple scholarships available that can help you save some money on your tuition fees.
Compared with other major cities, accommodation prices in Birmingham are reasonable. Prices of accommodations like Mary Sturge Birmingham obviously vary from area to area and like every other city, Birmingham has its expensive and cheaper areas. It is a Perfect student accommodation and is one of the most favored decisions for the individuals who are hoping to eliminate their drive time. Areas like the city centre, Sutton Coldfield, and Solihull tend to be the most expensive while Edgbaston and Mosely are reasonably priced.
Other areas like Kings Heath, Selly Oak and Bournville are more affordable. It is also relatively close to Birmingham University and other higher education institutions. There are several student-specific homes known as PBSAs built in these areas whose rent is around £100 – £250/week depending on how far you’re living from your campus.
Since accommodation forms a large proportion of your budget, therefore, you should choose a residence that suits your budget. For which, you can check out the University Living website that has several fully-furnished apartments. It is offering different types of rooms like studios, en-suite rooms, shared rooms, apartments, and more.
Birmingham is known as the heart of the UK rail network as it is the central hub connecting the North and South of England. It is also well-connected via excellent bus routes and the Midland Metro. So traveling anywhere within the city will always be easy. There are bus stops located near our accommodations like Mary Sturge Birmingham which make traveling quite convenient.
It is advisable to get a monthly travel pass which will cost you around £66 as compared to a £2.50 one-day ticket.
Birmingham has a wonderful food scene. With the wide range of nationalities in the city. There is a diverse selection of foods and restaurants to choose from. A meal at a two-star restaurant will cost you around £8-16 per person. While a meal at a fine dining restaurant will cost you around £45-60 per person.
But if you plan on cooking on your own then the entire cost will lie between £100 – £300 per month. Also, there are numerous supermarkets where you can buy groceries at a very reasonable price and cook a nice delicious meal for yourself without burning a hole in your pocket.
Birmingham is a city full of entertainment options and plenty of green space to relax. There are numerous student-friendly bars where you can enjoy a pint of domestic beer at around £4. Be ready to spend around £7.
Shopaholics can visit the Bullring area which is one of the most popular shopping destinations. It is featuring over 240 shops from high fashion to your basic everyday needs. On weekends if you wish to watch an international movie at the cinema then you’ll have to shell out £9.50 for a ticket.
However, it will totally depend on your lifestyle and how much you’re gonna spend on entertainment and other activities.
So these are some of the major expenses you will incur while living in Birmingham. Also, if you choose to live in a PBSA like Staniforth House Birmingham you will be saving approximately £100 – £150 per month, as some of your other expenses like laundry, gym membership, utility bills, internet, etc. will be almost nil.
Disclaimer: However, all these amounts will differ according to your lifestyle and will depend on how much you socialize.