International studentsCost of living 2022/23

This estimate is based on the cost for a single person renting a single room (heating and lighting included) in self-catering University accommodation.  You can download a copy of this information in letter format Cost of Living Letter.

Essential costsPer weekPer 37-week session (Undergraduate year/Postgraduate diploma year)Per 50-week session (Postgraduate academic year, taught Masters degree, PhD)
Accommodation £132 - £193 4,884 - £7,141 £6,600-£9,650
Food, local travel, laundry, entertainment etc. £132 £4,884 £6,600
Bedsheets, towels, plates, cutlery, books and stationery, clothing, graduation fees etc.   £675 £675
Total   £10,443 - £12,700 £13,875 - £16,925

These figures are basic averages based on costs current students have given us. When working out your budget you may need to adjust these figures - especially if you have a more expensive lifestyle. We have not made any allowance in this estimate of costs for any travel you might undertake to get to the UK, or for the cost of shipping your belongings back to your own country at the end of your period of study.

Find out more about these extra costs.

If your studies will last for more than one year you should take into account the annual increase in the UK cost of living – usually between 2-3%. Tuition fees also increase each year by a similar amount.

Note: The UK Government’s statutory level of maintenance for Student visa holders, living outside of London, is a minimum of £1,023 per month and £680 per month for every dependant who accompanies the student.  

Students with dependant children

We recommend that you budget for an additional £5,000 per child per year of your studies; this is due to high rental costs in the private housing sector and potential private childcare costs.

Private rented accommodation

A room in a shared flat can vary between £132 and £200 per week plus your share of bills. For example, it may cost £600 per year for energy bills.

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