About Cass

Cost of living

London can be seen as an expensive city to live in. However, London is a city for all tastes and budgets. It is possible to enjoy a great student and social life if you take advantage of the many discounts that are available to students.

Student discounts

Generous discounts are on offer to students in many shops, theatres, restaurants and cinemas. You will also receive a 30% discount on all travel around London. Cultural sites such as museums and art galleries are often free to enter, and many nightclubs hold student nights with discounted drinks deals. 

Tastecard gives discounts for a variety of restaurants, while the NUS extra card will give you discounts at Amazon, Odeon cinemas and Prezzo restaurants, among others.

Find part-time work

It is easy to find part-time work in London, which balances out the cost of living. City University has its own jobs service which advertises on behalf of local companies who need part-time staff. Typical part-time student jobs include office work, working in restaurants and call centres.

Managing your money

The below table provides an estimate for the 2012-13 academic year of what you can expect to pay on a weekly basis in London.  This covers accommodation, food and travel within London but excludes tuition fees.

Typical expenses Weekly estimation
Accommodation £100-260
Food £40-60
Electricity/Gas (not applicable if living in Halls) £10
Study materials £5-10
Travel £10-30
Entertainment £20-50
Personal (including mobile phone, clothes, toiletries) £30
Total £350