'Living costs' cover whatever you need to pay for, excluding tuition fees, while you're at university. For example:
- course costs/study materials
- personal expenses and transport
We've estimated that you should allow approximately £7,850 a year for living costs (though this will vary depending on your lifestyle). This includes for the year:
|£2,700-£4,200 en suite|
|Kitchen facilities charges†||
|College meals||£3-£4 each|
|Transport||Cheap or free!|
† Figures based on an academic year of 30 weeks.
Most Colleges offer accommodation in a range of price bands to suit different budgets. As a rough guide, the rent for a 30-week year for most single study bedrooms is as follows:
- £80-£120 per week with a shared bathroom
- £90-£140 per week with en suite
Colleges provide basic self-catering facilities as well as cafeterias/dining halls. Some levy a charge towards the running costs of the College kitchens - the kitchen facilities charge - and then offer meals at lower prices.
- Most weekly kitchen facilities charges are around £14-£18.
- Individual meals typically cost £3-£4
- Many Colleges also have regular 'formal halls' (three-course dinners) that are still great value at around £6-£10.
The University takes the view that our students should not work during term-time - it's important that you have an appropriate work-life balance, and we offer a wide range of financial support to ensure you don't have to. However, there may be a few opportunities available within the University and Colleges that are an exception to this, such as working in the College bar, College library or as a student helper during open days.