Cost of Living in UK for International Students

Student Living Cost in the UK

As far as living costs in the UK for international students concerned, it depends on your budget, lifestyle, and expenditure. The estimated monthly expenditure for an international student in the UK is as follows –

Expenses Estimated Monthly Expenditure
Food £160 - £200
Rent

Halls of Residence (Including bills)- £400 - £600 per month

Private Accommodation (excluding bills) - £320 - £530 per month

Electricity, Water and Gas £40 - £50 per month
Internet £40
Mobile Bill/ Recharge £15 - £50 per month
Stationery      £21 per month
Bus Fare £32 per month
Laundry £25
Clothing/Shoes £25 per month
Movie Ticket (can be exempted) £9 per head
Dinner at Restaurant £15 per meal
Total £677-£1,067 per month

The expenditure completely depends on your lifestyle and needs. The above-mentioned chart is just an estimate. 

Tuition Fees in the UK for an International Student

In the UK, the response regulator in setting the range of tuition fees is the government. However, the fees set for international students is quite higher than fees for students who are residents of the UK. It will also further depend on your nationality, the course and the academic level of your course that will account into your tuition fees in the UK.

Fees, in the UK, cover the entire cost of tuition along with excess fees including information technology, tutoring and library services that may be available. 

An undergraduate degree would cost an international student up to between £10,000 and £38,000 per annum and an undergraduate medical degree may cost up to £53,700 per year.

To earn a postgraduate degree, an international student in the UK may have to pay a minimum of £11,000 which can go up to £32,000 per annum. However, there is no upper limit on the charges for a postgraduate degree in the UK. 

Institutions in Wales may charge no less than £9,000 per year and students applying to Northern Irish universities may be required to pay up to £9,250. The fees in Scotland might go a little higher for a foreign student.

With all that being said, the UK government makes a number of financial resources available to international students coming to pursue higher education in the UK. These various types of financial aid include scholarships, student loans and other grants. Of the top, the most popular scholarships for Indian students in the UK include Chevening Scholarship- India, Inlaks Scholarship, The Felix Scholarship, Commonwealth Scholarships, and more.

Level of Program Tuition Fees
Undergraduate

£10,000 and £38,000 per annum - For lecture-based courses

£53,700 per annum - For medical courses

Postgraduate £11,000 - £32,000 per annum

Student Housing/ Accommodation Options in the UK for International Students

The UK offers a diverse range of accommodation facilities for international students, which include the following:

  • House-Flat Share

  • Host Families-Home Stay

  • Private House-Flat

  • Halls of Residence

House-Flat Share in the UK

Here the student takes a room on rent from a third-party landlord, with whom most UK universities help connect. This is a choice preferred mostly by second-year students, who are more likely to look for more independence by the second year of education in the UK. 

Host Families-Home Stay

It is here where students can stay with a local British family, most preferably near the campus. Most hosts provide all essential facilities including kitchen & bathroom, meals and great hospitality.

Private House-Flat in the UK

International students can also get an entire private house on rent, especially in major cities like London. However, one may find it difficult to find a house that is close to the campus. That said, students usually prefer this option during their second or third year, when they wish to enjoy more flexibility that they might not have while living in halls. 

Halls of Residence in the UK

These are halls owned by universities that provide students with accommodation along with a range of benefits including a supportive sphere of like-minded students; proximity to malls, lecture halls, markets, gyms; food; etc. Not to mention the university support and affordable rent. Among international students, this option is the highest in demand as they reduce an international student’s concern about accommodation and also helps ease their financial burden. On average, living on-campus in the UK will cost between £400-£600 per month.

Here is an overview of how much accommodation will cost an international student in the UK in case they choose to live in the following cities:

City

Monthly rent of 1 BHK Outside of Centre

Monthly rent of 1 BHK inside City Centre

Monthly rent of a 3 BHK Outside of Centre

Monthly rent of a 3 BHK in City Centre

London

£1,272

£1,649

£2,097

£3,182

Cambridge

£869

£1,092

£1,340

£1,850

Brighton

£868

£990

£1,495

£1,957

Bournemouth

£685

£696

£1,080

£1,256

Oxford

£993

£1,099

£1,512

£1,818

At the end of a three-year undergraduate degree in the UK, an overseas student can expect to have spent around £16,800 on accommodation.

Transport Costs in the UK for an International Student

With the British transport network being one of the most advanced in the world, international students can find a number of travel options in the UK. An overseas student in the UK can expect to spend the second-largest amount on travel costs which would depend primarily on the city and the mode of transport. 

For students, public transport is usually considered the most convenient option, which also offers discounts for students, thus, reducing the overall cost of living in the UK. Outside London and other major university cities, an average single bus journey is about £1.50 and £45 a month for a student travel card. Students at central London universities should expect to spend £23 a week on travel (covering London Underground, buses, trams and trains) or £140 a month. 

Students also benefit from one-third off travel on regional trains with a 16-25 Railcard. For example, a single adult ticket booked on the day of travel from London to Brighton (a popular day trip destination) is £17.50, or £11.50 with a student railcard. On average, a litre of petrol costs £1.16, while a litre of diesel is £1.18.

Given below is the average transport costs that an international student would have to bear in the UK per month:

City

Average Monthly Transport Costs

London

£56

Birmingham

£45

Manchester

£47

Leeds

£43

Liverpool

£45

Other Essential Student and Lifestyle Costs in the UK for an International Student

Other essential costs including books and university material, broadband internet costs, socialising and utility contracts, utility bills, among other things would cost an international student around  £4,800 on an average per year, adding up to £14,400 for the three-year period.

Books and university material would cost nearly £21 per month on an average and electrical, gas and water bills along with mobile phone bills and broadband internet costs would range somewhere between £10 and £100. Broadband internet costs would, however, be split between tenants, in case you share an apartment.

Lifestyle costs would majorly depend on the way you choose to spend your days in the country and the city you live in. Prices in cities in the South will be comparatively higher than cities in the North. 

Food bill costs in the UK would be around £160-£200 per month on an average, with a restaurant meal costing £10 to £25. 

Membership in a gym would cost around £45 a month although gyms may offer discounts to students. 

Item

Price

Bread

£0.90 per pack

Milk

£1.00 per litre

Chicken

£1.57 per 300g

Eggs

£2.08 for 12 eggs

Rice

£0.81 per kg

Cooking Oil

£1.11 per litre

Water

£0.84 per 1.5 litre

 

Entertainment Item

Price

Movie Ticket (1 seat)

£12

Concert or Theatre Ticket

£50.57

Restaurant Table for Two

£50

 

Connectivity

Average Cost in a Month

Prepaid SIM package

£10.12

TV License

£12.56

TV + Wi-Fi package

£50.54

Call Costs

£0.15-0.46

Netflix

£8.10

 

Miscellaneous Items

One-time Cost

Clothes

£40.34

Household Items

£30.34

Toiletries

£20.23

Stationery

£20.23

Insurance

£50.57

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