Here is a rough estimate of what our moving in costs were. While most of this was in pounds, we used a US debit card to pay for most of it, so I left it in $$ for your ease (see my post on the 1£/2$ exchange rate). (Our bank is E*Trade, and it has no foreign currency charges. Many charge another 2.5%-3.0% for foreign currency.)
Plane tickets – $2,200. We found Aer Lingus (aerlingus.com) to be very reasonable for 1-way tickets, since they charge you about 1/2 price for 1-way rather than the same. You’ll have to book a flight to Dublin and then from Dublin to Newcastle [note: Aer Lingus only seems to run the Dublin-NCL route during certain time of the year, so you may end up having to go to Edinburgh or London instead].
Visa applications: $640
B&B – $750. St. John’s for a week while we were looking/waiting to move into a house.
Car rental – $900. Minivan for about a week to get settled in, plus petrol (~$8/gallon).
Ikea – $800. Household items (dishes, a few bookshelves, etc.)
Argos/B&Q/Curry’s – $350. TV, lamps, dvd player, etc.
Eating out until settled – $560 Assumes: $10/person/meal, 4 ppl, 1 week, B&B for breakfast and that you make some sandwiches sometimes, otherwise it’d be more. This is Subway, KFC, etc. (so more if nicer food).
Setting up bank account – $4000 deposit
1st months rent + deposit: $2500
Miscellaneous things: $2000+
That gets you to about $15,000+.
I think we spent even more than that, but we didn’t split out all of it. What that means is that you need an ATM card that doesn’t charge fees, so you can draw out about £400-£500 a day to get all the deposit (£3500) and other stuff done.
While it was more expensive, we highly recommend coming at least 2 weeks before term so you can settle in. We did 2 months and it was great. It especially allowed our kids to get settled before the busyness began.
It’s obviously cheaper if you just move into Ustinov (or other college housing) b/c no B&B charges and eating out is reduced some.