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Posted:A few questions to all you uk folk over there as i am possibly moving to the UK within the month on a working holiday visa and i'd like to know these things to help me make an informed decision, all sorts of complications but that's ok.

I would like some idea on



a) how many hours do you work a week

b) how much you earn a week

c) how much of your is already spent a week, bills etc.



I hope to be able to save to do many more fun travelling things so anyone who could give me any idea on this is a legend. And if you want to meet up when i'm over to have a play that would aslo be awesome hug



Can't wait to hear from you.

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Durbs
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Posted:Hmmm - personal questions there:

a) The UK average is 35 or 37.5 hours a week (9-5 or 9-5.30 with 1 hour lunch)
b) Depends what you're doing smile
c) Depends where you're living smile

The minimum hourly wage is ummmmm 3.68 (I think) which would be 130-odd a week if that's any help.


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Posted:5
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nothing

aaah the joys of not having to pay bills biggrin


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Tao Star
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Location: Bristol
Member Since: 30th May 2003
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Posted:71/2
Student loan - 1800 per 3 1/2 months
rent+bills - 250 month

very approximately


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Spanner
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Posted:National Minimum Wage: now varies from 3.00 per hour to 4.85 per hour depending on age and training being received. smile



By the way, domestic bills will greatly vary on your accommodation. A studio flat's bills, for example, will differ greatly from those accrued from a 3 bedroom house. If you're not on a card or key meter for your utilities, the companies will usually make an estimate of what you'd use, so you'd be paying a set amount every month.


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Lillie Frog
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Location: wales
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Posted:Fags, tobacco and petrol are appallingly expensive.

The govenment has 80% of what you pay for them.

I hate them for it.


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bairie fen
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Posted:exspensive old place uk, but if your headed to london, can save bulk money thgrough squatting, pm me for more details !

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Sym
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Posted:I'd say housing is the main thing to worry about.

As for the questions though:

1) 37.5 / week (about 10 hours excluding time spent on HOP)
2) 250
3) I think I pay about 50% on bills etc.

Unless you have a needed skill in England (I.e. youre a nurse) then I guess you'll start of on a fairly basic job (no more than 5 / hour).

I wouldn't want to live on this much AND have to rent a house, so as bairie fen said sharing is a good idea.


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meep
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Posted:I work around 20 hours a week and get paid 6/hour. My rent is 200 a month for a flat, and bills are about 100/month - not including travel costs and food.

Travel and food are expensive. Most of my money goes on bills of one kind or another, because i only work part time (I'm a full time student as well)

It's expensive to live here!


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Posted:Thankyou all very much for the response so far. I'm not 100% sure on my living arrangements as yet but i have some family who i've not met before who i think may be able to help me out a bit.
So i may be going to Estonia on the 8th to make my visa application at the UK embassy there. Should be a bit of fun, nice and cold perhaps smile


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CaMiLL(e_o)
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Posted:Where abouts in the UK you staying?

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bairie fen
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Posted:I'm serious about squatting if u really actually want to enjoy uk ! where are you going anyway ?

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Posted:Well the cousin of my grandmother lives in Worthing, West Sussex, and my Dad's cousin lives in London, and they may be able to help me out with something, i'm not entirely sure yet.
I'll pay for my Estonian Air flight on Tuesday.
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meep
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Posted:Don't go to worthing smile London's lots better! smile

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Lillie Frog
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Posted:Isn't Worthing full of old people?

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Posted:Hello from Estonia
I now have my UK working holiday visa wow so that is so incredibly awesome. I'll be in london saturday then to worthing i think. It is quite possible that worthing is full of old people i guess. The cousin that's going to help me out is 74 or so, but he sounds pretty young. He broke his arm in australia in august and then went off to some mountains somewhere in england a couple weeks ago. Maybe i can teach him poi biggrin
So i'll be in your country within the week. Hopefully i'll find work reaaaal fast, and hopfully i'll be meeting lots of you peeps even sooner. We'll see what order it all happens in.
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Posted:Got into Heathrow lastnight and i'm currently in Worthing, shall be coming to london within the week i believe and i very much hope to hook up some work very soon. Look forward to meeting you folks smile
Hooray for everything


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UCOF
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Posted:Well do something equally worthwhile with your time as the word that used to be here... then smile





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Posted:have a good one mate.

If I were you Id move to London asap. The juggle crew is well cool, and make the rent/costs worthwhile. After all - would you rather live on a pitance but ahve a cool time or woudl you rather live on slightly more but have to pay 20quid each time you want to go to a juggle event? I got a job over there for 6quid an hour (35 hours / week) and had no problem living in Manc @ 50quid a week by 3 occupants in a 3 bedroom spacious flat and saving enough to do almost anything we wanted to. the rent would be higher for the same flat, but I dont reckon youd need a flat like that if you were only staying for less than a year.

Josh


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