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Spairos
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I ve got an unconditional PhD offer from UCL so I might end up living in London for the next academic year.

My question is were to live in London? UCL is in central London (Zone 1). Is it worth-doing to live close to it? (like Zone 1).
On the other hand, if I stay outside of the center, it might be cheaper but I also have to consider the transportation cost to go there.
However, being a PhD student it means that I might not have to go to the department every day. So maybe I could stay away from the centre and then travel (by bus or tube) to go to the department.

Also, considering the living cost, is central London more expensive than the rest? (i.e. are the super-market prices higher?)
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If you can afford central London rents you won't be bothered about supermarket prices!
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If you shop in places like sainsburys local or tesco metro then the prices tend to be hiked, and don't have the same offers on. You'll generally find there are more of these in central London and less of the bigger supermarkets.

Zone 1 is incredibly expensive. The majority of students probably live in zone 2/3, and commute in. (Other than first year undergrads living in halls). The extra travel costs won't be more than the increased rental prices. You can get a student Oyster card for cheaper travel. Also a bus travel card (which covers all zones) is £20 a week, or even cheaper if you buy a month at a time. Or you can get weekly/monthly travel cards that cover everything - it might not be worth it depending on how often you use the underground.

I'd get in touch with the unis accommodation office, who will be able to give advice on where most students live


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Zone 1 is very expensive. Zone 3+ is a bit too far out and/or can be boring suburbia. Zone 2 probably best.
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It will cost at least a 1000 a month to live in a lousy studio around UCL.
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