Living costs

In addition to paying your tuition fees you will also need to consider how you are going to meet your living costs while you are studying. Funds will be required to cover the costs of your accommodation, food and travel as well as other costs associated with your studies, such as books, and everyday life, such as clothes and entertainment.

Estimates of how much money you will need may vary considerably, as the lifestyles and circumstances of individual students differ. For a single, graduate student studying for a calendar year, an estimated average would be in the region of £322 per week. This should be considered only as a guide; some students may find they can live within this allowance, yet others may find it insufficient to meet their expectations.

As a guide, the cost per week of your main items of expenditure is likely to be around:

  • £145 for accommodation (average)
  • £50 for food
  • £8.10 for household goods
  • £86 for leisure and personal items
  • £21.20 for travel*
  • £10 for books/equipment
  • £1.66 for insurance.

Students who have a dependent spouse and/or children will require a significantly greater amount. All students should be aware that they will incur initial expenses such as a deposit for accommodation and the purchase of books. Some international students may also need to buy clothing for the British climate.

An indication of the costs associated with studying for a graduate programme at UCL is given below.

Research programmes

 

UK/EU students

Overseas students

UCL tuition fees (2014/15 entry) £4,500 – £12,900
£16,200 – £36,100
Living costs** Approx. £16,744
Approx. £16,744
Additional Fee Element (AFE) £0 – >£10,000
£0 – >£10,000

Taught programmes

 

UK/EU students

Overseas students

UCL tuition fees (2014/15 entry) £4,200 – £21,100 £16,200 – £40,200
Living costs**
Approx. £16,744 Approx. £16,744

* Travel can vary according to where your accommodation is located. This is the price for a weekly zone 1 Student Oyster pass.

** The figure given for living costs is intended as a guide and includes accommodation, food, travel and other day-to-day costs, based on an estimate of £322 per week for a 52-week academic year.