Living expenses

Your other living expenses will depend on your way of life. As a guide, most students spend in the region of £9,000 to £15,000 a year on living expenses, including accommodation, although you may spend more depending on your housing choices and lifestyle. If you have expensive hobbies, you'll need to factor these into your budget - or be prepared to adjust your lifestyle.

Likely living costs for students
ExpenseAverage costs Considerations

From £4,662 for a single room in self-catered University accommodation to £9,093 in a catered ensuite (42 week tenancy) including utilities.

From £10,531.50 for a studio flat in University accommodation to £13,336.50 for a studio flat from a commercial provider (51 week tenancy).

Approximately £6,000 for a privately rented room in a shared house (52 week tenancy) plus utilities (see below).

These are average figures and costs will vary widely depending on the type of accommodation you choose. 

Further information on accommodation fees and help for renting privately is available from the Accommodation Office.

Food On average £911 for the 3 terms in catered halls. £1,234 for self-catered or privately renting students. Be warned, spending £5 a day on a coffee and a sandwich could increase costs by over £1,000 per year!

Electricity, gas, internet, insurance and water rates will add £500 - £750 per person, per year in a 4-bed shared house.

University accommodation includes the costs of utilities in the rent.

'Costs vary depending on the size and condition of the house. If there are repair or renovation works taking place at your property over the summer, you could try and negotiate a reduced rent with your landlord.
Books, printing and photocopying £400 per year You will need to budget for personal copies of books, printing and photocopying.
Clothes and toiletries £700 per year Can cost a lot more than expected. You may need smart clothes for placements or job interviews.
Entertainment and sports £1,500 per year for: a sports pass, entertainment, additional activities and travel costs.  A University sports pass costs between £54 and £300 per year depending on the level of cover.   

You should also think about phone calls, birthday presents and travel expenses, particularly if you study a long distance from home, as well as additional course costs, such as placement expenses.

Prospective international students who have questions about the cost of studying in the UK are welcome to contact the International Office.