Cost of living support hub

Survive and thrive at university.

A lot of us are concerned about rising living costs. It's natural to wonder whether coming to university is a good idea in these difficult times.

You can count on us to support you throughout your time here. We’ve devised a package of attractive perks, discounts, practical support and money saving advice to help you survive and thrive during your time with us.   

Average monthly student living costs

  • Accommodation: £380
  • Food shopping: £91
  • Takeaways and eating out: £103
  • Transport: £60
  • Social life: £33
  • Mobile phone: £32
  • Monthly streaming service: £4.99
  • Personal care: £12 - £50

Please note that some of the cost information above has been taken from Save the Student.

Student life is more affordable than you think

Coming to university is an investment in your future. Remember that you can take a student loan to cover your fees and you won’t need to pay anything back until you’ve graduated and you've got a job.

Please note international students are not eligible to apply for a student loan from the UK Government. You may wish to investigate financial support available from your home country.

Funding university study

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Understanding your finances

From money saving tips to understanding maintenance loans, discover everything you need to know about financing your studies right here.

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Financial support at university

Struggling with the cost of student life? We have expert financial advisers based at the Student Centre who help with:

  • Practical advice on managing your living costs
  • Paying your student fees
  • Budgeting and more.

The Students’ Union run an independent advice centre where you can get support with any aspect of student life.

Supporting your studies

Our range of support services will provide you with the help you need throughout your time here and beyond. Our dedicated teams are here to help with every aspect of student life. From financial matters, health and wellbeing, to inclusive support and visas. Whatever you need help with, we're here for you.

Discover our support

Frequently asked questions about student finance

More money saving help

You'll find lots of independent tips and advice on the following websites: 

Get to know us

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Useful information

  • Ask a student

    Need advice on course choices or which accommodation to choose when you study with us? Our friendly student ambassadors are ready to share their experiences. Simply register and start chatting to our current students.

  • Student life

    Make friends for life, explore your potential and discover new passions. Find out what to expect from your student experience and why you'll love living in the North West.

  • Contact us

    If you have a query, question or concern you can get in contact with us using the contact details and useful links on this page.