Lincoln is a student-friendly city and the living costs here are less than other cities in the UK. The shops are within a walkable distance of the main Brayford Pool Campus and a student can easily afford to live here if they plan on being economical and can save money where possible. I believe that a student can spend from £10-15 as daily expenditure being in Lincoln.
There are shops like Morrisons, Asda, Aldi and Lidl which sell groceries cheaply. Also, fresh meat and seafood can be bought from in the city centre, for example in the Central Market. There are also shops like Poundland that sell all products for £1. Frozen food is sold at a cheap rate in Iceland, which is a shop on the High Street very close to the University.
For all Asian students, there are amazing shops like Asian supermarket, Madina and Super Lincs, which sells all masala and grocery items from all parts of Asia. So, don’t worry… the spiciness and aroma of Asia can never be missed in Lincoln!
There are village markets here in Lincoln which will be there on Tuesdays and Thursdays of every week, and they sell fresh fruits and vegetables for cheap rates like £0.10-0.90. Basically, you can buy groceries for £20 that can be used for 15 days which means you need to spend £40 per month for your groceries.
For students who want to travel by bus, the day-rider ticket is £4.20 in March 2021 so you can travel anywhere in the city for that price for the whole day. If you need to travel a lot, you can get a bus card for a week from any bus driver, which is cheaper than getting a ticket every day.
For students who wish to travel by train, you can apply for Rail Card. If you have a Rail Card, then you need to pay only 1/3rd of the total ticket fare wherever you want to travel by train within the UK.
Moreover, the University gives students bikes (cycles) to hire for £50 per year to keep themselves healthy and for travelling around. You can also hire a bike from the Student’s Union for up to 6 months.
Clothes can be bought for £5 at Primark, a students’ favoured dress shop in Lincoln. Laptops, iPads and other electronic items can be bought online or from Curry’s PC World, which offers products at a good deal with student discounts.
Overall, Lincoln is a place where students can make a decent independent life on a budget.
Written by Sunitha Lazarus – MA Education