5 money saving tips for living in England
Consider living outside of Zones 1-5 and outside of London altogether! Although London is an amazing place, it is pricey. If you want to travel over half and end of term breaks, you’ll want to consider living on London’s fringes or in other urban areas or even in a more regional part of England. Lots of our teachers live in Greater London/Home Counties like Kent, Surrey and Hertfordshire and in towns and small cities serviced by our regional offices in the East Midlands, East Anglia and up into the North of England.
England fits into NSW twelve times, so wherever you are is never too far from the capital and most regional areas have airports flying daily all over Europe.
Norwich has some of the cheapest rent in the country, is close to the coast and our team in the Norwich office have lots of work year round.
Plan and book in advance
You will save yourself time and lots of money if you plan travel in advance and book online and in advance. You will get some great last minute fares for air travel though so look out for fares like £9 to Barcelona. Being flexible about your travel can save you lots of money. Make sure you have an Oyster Travel Card to get around London and use your feet when you can to get from A to B. The casual bike and car hire options are good ways to save money too.
You should plan to take advantage of some of the most amazing galleries and museums, parks and castles in the world. Most are free and can fill your days without spending all your hard earned cash, why not check out the Tate Modern, The British Museum and Hyde Park.
You can save lots of money by keeping an eye on pop up food options, happy hours at bars and restaurants and other special offers. The high population in England and competition means you shouldn’t have to pay big bucks to have a great meal or night out. Groupon deals are great ways to save.
Shop around at different supermarkets and you usually get your first delivery free!
Online shopping is often free delivery and you will find staples at places like Primark can kit you out in office/school clothes at ridiculously cheap prices and if you want funky gear head to shops like Oxfam and Help the Aged in ritzy locations like Notting Hill to grab some second hand designer threads. Markets are great for wasting a day and picking up a bargain.
Your support network in the UK
At Engage, we do our best to help you connect with our other Australian and Kiwi teachers in England – people who can show you how to settle in, and where all the best bars are! We’ll also give you a £1000 relocation bonus over your first year to help you find your feet in your new home.
When you register with Engage, you’re helping your education career to flourish, while benefiting from all the support we have to offer.