Living Costs in the UK

You will need to book your accommodation and arrange your finances before you arrive at University. It is vital that you have sufficient funding in place before starting your course of study, and this will need to cover your tuition fees, accommodation, books, stationery, food and of course social costs.

Below is an approximate guide to the minimum amount you should expect for living expenses in the UK per month. These costs are for one person only, so students with children and dependents should keep this in mind when working out a budget.

Expenses Approximate price
Accommodation (halls of residence, usually including bills) £400 - £600 per month
Private Accommodation (bills not included) £320 - £530 per month
Bills (electric/ gas/ water) £40 - £50 per month
Food / Housekeeping £160 - £200 per month
TV Licence (mandatory with TV or watching BBC online) £12.56 per month
(or £150.50 per year)
Mobile phone £15 - £50 per month
Clothes / Shoes £25 per month
Leisure / Sport
(This is calculated on membership for the Students Sport centre)
£10 - £20 per month
Books / Stationery £21 per month
Socialising / Going out £120 per month
Travel / Transport
(Based on the monthly cost of a student bus pass)
£32 per month
Childcare (if needed) £656 per month