Living expenses

Most students spend £9,000 to £15,000 each year on living expenses including accommodation. Read our breakdown of average costs.

Accommodation

Average costs

  • Room in University accommodation: From £4,662 for a single self-catered room to £9,093 in a catered ensuite (42-week tenancy) including utilities.
  • Studio flat: 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).
  • Privately rented room: Around £6,000 for a privately rented room in a shared house (52-week tenancy) plus utilities.

Actual costs will vary widely depending on the type of accommodation you choose. Find out more about accommodation fees and renting privately.


Food

Average costs

  • £911 for the three terms in catered halls. £1,234 if you are self-catered or renting privately.

Spending £5 a day on a coffee and a sandwich could increase costs by over £1,000 per year!


Utilities

Average costs

  • In a four-person shared house you'll each pay £500 - £750 a year for utilities. This includes electricity, gas, internet, insurance and water bills.
  • In University accommodation you don't need to pay for utilities separately, they are included in accommodation fees.

Bills will vary depending on the size and condition of a house. If there are repairs or renovations in your house over summer, you could try to negotiate with your landlord to reduce the rent.


Books, printing and photocopying

Average costs

  • £400 a year.

You will need to budget for personal copies of books, printing and photocopying.


Clothes and toiletries

Average costs

  • £700 a year.

These can cost a lot more than expected. You might need smart clothes for placements or job interviews.


Sports and entertainment

Average costs

  • £1,500 a year. This would include a sports pass, entertainment, additional activities and travel costs.

University sports pass costs between £54 and £300 per year depending on which option you choose.   


Extra costs

If you have additional hobbies or an expensive lifestyle then you’ll need to factor these into your budget.

You should also think about extra budget for:

  • mobile phone bills
  • birthday presents
  • travel expenses, particularly if you study a long distance from home
  • additional course costs, such as placement expenses.

Related advice

Advice for international students

Got a question about the cost of studying in the UK?

Contact the International Office.

Funding enquiries or money worries

Undergraduate and general funding queries:
student-funding@bristol.ac.uk

Postgraduate funding queries:
pg-funding@bristol.ac.uk

Call our Information Point:
Tel:+44 (0)117 428 3000

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