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Cost of Living

We do not want you to worry about your finances when you study at Coventry University London. It’s important that you have enough money to cover your tuition fees, accommodation, travel expenses, food and books so that you can concentrate on your studies.

Students should allow a minimum of £1,265 to £1,400 per month for living expenses. You may need to budget more depending on your accommodation cost. Please remember that for visa purposes you must be able to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds in your bank account to pay for living expenses while you are studying in London.

Below is an approximate guide to the minimum amount you should expect for living expenses in London but please expect that these expenses can vary widely depending on your personal preferences.

Expense Per month (approx.)
Bills for Private Accommodation, such as electric, gas and water £100-250
Food / housekeeping £150-250
TV License £13
Mobile phone and internet £30-50
Travel £80-150
Safety net £20-60
Insurance £10-15


We are partnered with an accommodation provider close to our campus, with an excellent range of facilities. With the Coventry University London discounted rate, the cost ranges from £275 to £365 per week. This covers all bills, including electricity, gas, water and internet. The accommodation is a purpose-built student building located close to the campus, local shops and amenities.

Some students choose to live in private accommodation, and if you do we will provide support. Private rent costs vary, and in addition to rent we recommend budgeting between £105 and £180 per month for utilities. These costs may be shared if you’re living with other people.


If you’re staying in our halls of residence you’ll live within walking distance of the university, but you’ll need to use public transport to explore the rest of the city. If you live in private accommodation you may also need to use public transport to travel to the university. Transport in London includes the underground (‘tube’), buses, trains and trams.

The amount you pay is determined by how far you travel, with London being split into nine zones. The university is based in Zone 1. Details of fares and daily, weekly, monthly and annual Travelcards can be found on the Transport for London website.

Food and housekeeping

You will need to buy your own food, toiletries and housekeeping products.

Personal Expenses

It is important to remember that you will also need to allow money for clothes and shoes, socialising, and mobile phone bills. You may want to consider a gym membership too - there are many gyms near campus, so we recommend checking which ones offer student discounts. Students studying at Coventry University London can apply for two student discount schemes: UniDays and TOTUM

TV licence

You need to be covered by a TV Licence to watch or record programmes as they’re being shown on TV or live on an online TV service, or download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer. This applies to any provider you use and any device, including a TV, laptop or mobile phone. A standard TV Licence costs £154.50 for a year, which you can pay in monthly instalments.

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