Jan 25, 2019

A Budget for Canadians on a UK Working Holiday Visa

Are you a Canadian considering moving abroad on a UK working holiday? You are about to embark on an exciting experience that will create memories to last a lifetime!

With this excitement also comes some nerves – don’t worry, this is completely normal (even for the well-travelled). As you plan your trip, you will have many uncertainties that can make you feel overwhelmed.

Will I find a job there? Where will I live? How much money will I make? And of course…how much does it cost to live in the UK?

UK Living Costs
Canadians 18 – 30 can experience living the UK on a Working Holiday.

How much does it cost to live in the UK?

The UK is not a cheap place to live. After spending a few weeks searching for jobs, you are going to quickly burn a hole in your bank account. Goodbye sweet savings! How deep is the hole? We crunched the numbers and it will cost you about $2,250 CAD per month to live in the UK (rent, groceries, bills, transportation, and entertainment).

Keep in mind that the first month will actually be the most expensive because you will likely be staying in hostels (about $40 CAD per night), and then once you find a place to rent you will have to pay a security deposit (about half a months rent). If you include the cost of your flight, healthcare, work permit and emergency money then be ready to part with about $5,210 when starting your UK working holiday.

You’ll want to be able to enjoy yourself and experience the culture – like going for tea and scones in England.

Sound like a big investment? Stepabroad’s UK Working Holiday Program takes away all your costly living expenses, because your accommodation, meals, and internet are al included. The program is open to Canadians between the ages of 18-30 for a one time fee of $799 CAD. Why pay for a job placement? Stepabroad guarantees you a job before you even arrive in the UK – so you start making money right away! With your accommodation and meals covered, you can literally pocket every dime you earn while enjoying the once-in-a-lifetime experience of living in Europe.

Our team helps you through the complicated visa application process and provides your fun job at a youth camp in the UK – doing archery, zip-lining, kayaking, quad biking and lots of other fun activities! You can get paid to have fun and make a difference in the lives of Europe youth. We offer positions all across the UK (with some just an hour outside of London), all which include free accommodation and meals – whether you choose to stay for three months or 2 years!

Comparing Living Costs in the UK

The below infographic shows the difference between starting a working holiday in the UK on your own versus going through Stepabroad:

UK Working holiday budget (1)

Stepabroad allows you to save over $2,250 in expenses every month while also earning a paycheque!

How much can I earn working in the UK?

The minimum wage in the UK is based on your age. If you are 22 years old and work full-time at minimum wage you can make about $2,250 CAD per month. This would be just enough to cover your monthly living expenses.

UK minimum wage
Minimum wage in the UK for 2018

Even if you make enough to just cover your living costs, we highly encourage you to still take this opportunity to move to the UK. The experience of living in Europe is priceless – and something that we would be willing to spend thousands of dollars on. The adventures you have and people you meet while traveling will change your life for the better.

“Travel while you’re young and able. Don’t worry about the money, just make it work. Experience is far more valuable than money will ever be.”

If you move from Canada to the UK and make enough to cover your living cost then we consider that a win – go live your dream and have unforgettable experiences!

Canadians moving to UK
Stepabroad’s very own Tessa enjoying the view of Brighton, an English seaside resort town

How much can I earn on Stepabroad’s UK Working Holiday Program?

If not earning enough to cover your living expenses concerns you, Stepabroad does provide Canadians the opportunity to live in the UK and save about $1,000 CAD per month. As an example, if you are 22 years old and have previous work experience with children, by working full time (42 hours a week) you would be able to save about $1,100 CAD per month.

This money goes straight into your pocket – and you can use it to go travel around Europe!

Cost of Living in the UK
Did we mention that some of the youth camps look like they are part of Harry Potter!?

Have any questions about moving to the UK? Feel free to visit our UK Working Holiday page for more information. If you still can’t find your answer – leave a comment below with your question!

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