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    Hello everyone,

    I am a graduate Engineer student and I manage to get an offer from a company in Brighton , so I am thinking about moving there. The salary although is relatively low (20k- which means I think 1300+ per month) and I am not sure if it is enough to live in Brighton. I am struggling while calculating monthly costs and I hope I could hear your opinion.
    What is the percentage of the monthly salary I should use on rent ?
    Prices I see for example on gumtree do not include council tax and monthly bills ? (are there any other similar expenses?)


    Thank you in advance!
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    Go here to work out your take-home pay: https://listentotaxman.com/

    On that kind of money you're going to have to look at a house share or lodging. Expect to pay £250-400 depending on location/quality. Avoid Whitehawk at all costs.

    Council tax will vary depending on where you live and how many people you share with, as will utilities and so on. But you'll probably be looking at max. £100-150 a month for these.

    I don't think you'll live like a king on £20k, but so long as you don't mind being a bit of a way out from the centre.
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    Go here to work out your take-home pay: https://listentotaxman.com/

    On that kind of money you're going to have to look at a house share or lodging. Expect to pay £250-400 depending on location/quality. Avoid Whitehawk at all costs.

    Council tax will vary depending on where you live and how many people you share with, as will utilities and so on. But you'll probably be looking at max. £100-150 a month for these.

    I don't think you'll live like a king on £20k, but so long as you don't mind being a bit of a way out from the centre.
    So you are advising to look at a total of 500 for rent/bills/council tax. Many ads on gumtree,rightmove etc include council tax and bills in the price. The takehome is 1400 , and I was thinking about 600-650 initially as with a good location I may not have to spent a lot in transportation.
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    (Original post by gsb7)
    So you are advising to look at a total of 500 for rent/bills/council tax. Many ads on gumtree,rightmove etc include council tax and bills in the price. The takehome is 1400 , and I was thinking about 600-650 initially as with a good location I may not have to spent a lot in transportation.
    That sounds reasonable. Less reliance on buses/trains is definitely a good thing too, as both can be pretty dire. :p:
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    (Original post by Dez)
    That sounds reasonable. Less reliance on buses/trains is definitely a good thing too, as both can be pretty dire. :p:
    Are any housing bills that I am missing ?
    Does the amount presented in those sites the entire amount I will have to pay monthly ?
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    (Original post by gsb7)
    So you are advising to look at a total of 500 for rent/bills/council tax. Many ads on gumtree,rightmove etc include council tax and bills in the price. The takehome is 1400 , and I was thinking about 600-650 initially as with a good location I may not have to spent a lot in transportation.
    You should be able to find somewhere central for 500-550 per month all included. :top:

    I would do this over living further out, because buses are expensive and so are taxis, so after that you wouldn't be making that much of a saving and it's also pretty inconvenient.
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    (Original post by gsb7)
    Are any housing bills that I am missing ?
    Does the amount presented in those sites the entire amount I will have to pay monthly ?
    Off the top of my head, there's water, electicity/gas, council tax, broadband, and possibly TV licence. Probably best to ask if you're not sure what bills are included, though I expect the first three definitely will be. It's probably also worth checking who holds liability especially for the council tax, you don't want to end up stuck with a huge bill because your housemates didn't pay their share.
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    (Original post by gsb7)
    Hello everyone,

    I am a graduate Engineer student and I manage to get an offer from a company in Brighton , so I am thinking about moving there. The salary although is relatively low (20k- which means I think 1300+ per month) and I am not sure if it is enough to live in Brighton. I am struggling while calculating monthly costs and I hope I could hear your opinion.
    What is the percentage of the monthly salary I should use on rent ?
    Prices I see for example on gumtree do not include council tax and monthly bills ? (are there any other similar expenses?)


    Thank you in advance!
    Can't help with prices for Brighton but if you haven't already look at spareroom, its generally seen to be a bit more reliable than Gumtree.
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    Thanks a lot for your answers.
    I am searching for a house (around 500-600) but I was adviced to view before I take anything.
    I will not be able to do that as I will arrive only 1-2 days before I start working. Should I rent something for a month
    and then take it from there ? Every ad suggests a minimum of 3 or more months
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    (Original post by gsb7)
    Thanks a lot for your answers.
    I am searching for a house (around 500-600) but I was adviced to view before I take anything.
    I will not be able to do that as I will arrive only 1-2 days before I start working. Should I rent something for a month
    and then take it from there ? Every ad suggests a minimum of 3 or more months
    Can you not take a trip down before hand? Unless you have someone you know who can make viewings on your behalf it really is important you go and look so you can see if what you are renting is as it says/actually exists- unfortunatley there are some unscruplous landlords who dont make the most honest adverts.
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    (Original post by gsb7)
    Thanks a lot for your answers.
    I am searching for a house (around 500-600) but I was adviced to view before I take anything.
    I will not be able to do that as I will arrive only 1-2 days before I start working. Should I rent something for a month
    and then take it from there ? Every ad suggests a minimum of 3 or more months
    Have a look on air bnb website - it's people renting spare rooms in their houses, often to tourists for their holidays, but you'd be able to find hosts who would be happy to have you for a few weeks or so while you found something more long-term. There are reviews from.previous guests so you have some idea of what you're getting. Good luck, let us know how you get on
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    When I was on £20K, pay was approx £1450/month or around there about. £500/month for a small studio apartment, all bills and taxes inclusive, including parking. '07 Audi A4 at £250/month. Enough leftover to be reasonably comfortable for food, drinks, diesel etc. That was my first job though, salary is double that nowadays. Highly recommend researching and arranging viewings. You'll probably need about £1000 to get you started and secure your first month due to the deposit (which you will get back if you cleanup after yourself). Wouldn't bother with a house, it's nice to have your own little space.
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    (Original post by Final Fantasy)
    When I was on £20K, pay was approx £1450/month or around there about. £500/month for a small studio apartment, all bills and taxes inclusive, including parking. '07 Audi A4 at £250/month. Enough leftover to be reasonably comfortable for food, drinks, diesel etc. That was my first job though, salary is double that nowadays. Highly recommend researching and arranging viewings. You'll probably need about £1000 to get you started and secure your first month due to the deposit (which you will get back if you cleanup after yourself). Wouldn't bother with a house, it's nice to have your own little space.
    Did you use anything else besides the known sites such as rightmove,spareroom and gumtree ?
    I will use airbnb for 1 week and find a place while there. Is 1 week enough ?
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    (Original post by Final Fantasy)
    When I was on £20K, pay was approx £1450/month or around there about. £500/month for a small studio apartment, all bills and taxes inclusive, including parking. '07 Audi A4 at £250/month. Enough leftover to be reasonably comfortable for food, drinks, diesel etc. That was my first job though, salary is double that nowadays. Highly recommend researching and arranging viewings. You'll probably need about £1000 to get you started and secure your first month due to the deposit (which you will get back if you cleanup after yourself). Wouldn't bother with a house, it's nice to have your own little space.
    I actually wanted to get someone's opinion on that.
    I will be starting a grad job in a month's time at £25K/yr. It'll be in a different city to where I am now. I am currently looking for accommodation, and can't decide on whether to go for shared or my own place. These are my thoughts about the both:
    * Shared: ++ Can save up and pay back my loans quicker (my debt isn't from SFE, it's from parents). But main point is socially, I don't know anyone yet in the area I will be moving to, so it could potentially get pretty lonely, especially in the weekend. I've enjoyed communal living through out uni because I can get up to stuff with flatmates...etc.
    * Own place: ++ Main point is own privacy and comfort.
    So not sure what to go for?
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    (Original post by gsb7)
    Did you use anything else besides the known sites such as rightmove,spareroom and gumtree ?
    I will use airbnb for 1 week and find a place while there. Is 1 week enough ?
    Can't remember now, I just Googled and then contacted the agencies that were on those sites. Didn't use SpareRoom or GumTree though. Might have used Zoopla and Rightmove though.

    I gave myself a week prior to starting the job. During that time, I pretty much travelled for viewings until settling upon an accommodation I preferred. Just know that you'll need some money to get you started due to agency fees, deposit etc. - and you can always pay it back if you're borrowing, once you start getting paid.
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    (Original post by candyaljamila)
    I actually wanted to get someone's opinion on that.
    I will be starting a grad job in a month's time at £25K/yr. It'll be in a different city to where I am now. I am currently looking for accommodation, and can't decide on whether to go for shared or my own place. These are my thoughts about the both:
    * Shared: ++ Can save up and pay back my loans quicker (my debt isn't from SFE, it's from parents). But main point is socially, I don't know anyone yet in the area I will be moving to, so it could potentially get pretty lonely, especially in the weekend. I've enjoyed communal living through out uni because I can get up to stuff with flatmates...etc.
    * Own place: ++ Main point is own privacy and comfort.
    So not sure what to go for?
    £25K is plenty to start off with and gives you slightly more leniency.

    Don't bother with saving up and paying back your loans quicker during your first job. Overtime you will find that 1 year is negligible in the grand scheme of things when paying back and barely makes a difference.

    You're no longer in the student world. You're in the world of work now. Socially, you will make new connections (especially professional ones), you'll be invited to company events, parties, get-togethers, make friends etc. whilst at the same time building up your professional network. You won't be lonely, and you will treasure the moments when sometimes you just want to come home from a long and stressful day at work and unwind within your own privacy.

    Weekends, you can always visit family, friends and loved ones or just roam around, shopping, try out local pubs or whatever etc. and meet more people. It's a different lifestyle now and will take some time getting used to. You are a professional and independent working man/woman. Be proud of the fact you've made it this far in your accomplishments, and now you have new opportunities and challenges that await.

    You are going to be busy, much more than when you were a student. You'll understand soon enough.

    My advice is to get your own place. Feel free to meet other residents in the other flats of course. Studio apartments are generally within a large building with many other apartments too. Sometimes with a laundry room and other communal areas etc. including private parking if you're lucky. Free WiFi is pretty much common anywhere these days too and included in the bills. You just need to research and find what's right for you. When you contact the agent, chances are they will have other buildings to recommend you and will know the areas very well.
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    (Original post by candyaljamila)
    I actually wanted to get someone's opinion on that.
    I will be starting a grad job in a month's time at £25K/yr. It'll be in a different city to where I am now. I am currently looking for accommodation, and can't decide on whether to go for shared or my own place. These are my thoughts about the both:
    * Shared: ++ Can save up and pay back my loans quicker (my debt isn't from SFE, it's from parents). But main point is socially, I don't know anyone yet in the area I will be moving to, so it could potentially get pretty lonely, especially in the weekend. I've enjoyed communal living through out uni because I can get up to stuff with flatmates...etc.
    * Own place: ++ Main point is own privacy and comfort.
    So not sure what to go for?
    I have exactly the same thoughts with you on this. But to be honest I can't find a flat that I would consider good enough for 100-200 pounds more. I think for starters I will find a good shared room (maybe ensuite, no more that 3 total residents). Try to find something with no minimum contract so that you can decide after 1-2 months what your priorities are.
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