Cost of living support hub

Survive and thrive at University. If you’re thinking of applying to study with us, there’s plenty of help and advice on offer to ensure that student life is both fun and affordable.

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.   

You don't have to wait to arrive to get advice from our Student Support Team

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.

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.

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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

Thinking of studying with us and worried about costs? You dont have to wait to arrive to get support, contact us on +44 (0)1772 891828 (Option 2) or email Student Support.

We can offer support and guidance at the Student Centre, where we can offer help with:

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

The Students’ Union also offer independent help offering assistance with any aspect of student life. 

Frequently asked questions about student finance

More money saving help

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

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