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Living expenses and additional costs

Budgeting for your living and day-to-day expenses while you are studying will vary according to your personal needs and wants. 

"Average living costs" can be difficult to predict, as every student will have different priorities and lifestyle choices. However, for a rough idea, there are some estimations below for an undergraduate in UCL halls and any student renting privately in London.

All costs other than rent and travel are guided by Save the Student's annual National Student Money Survey for 2019.

Undergraduate student in UCL halls

 Per weekPer 39-week academic year 
Average rent£201£7,839
Student bus pass£15£585
Food£30£1,170
Course materials£4£156
Mobile phone£4£156
Going out£12£468
Clothes, health, other£14£546
Total£280£10,920

Undergraduate student in privately rented accomodation

 Per weekPer 52-week contract 
Average rent£170£8,840
Household bills£8£416
Student bus pass£15£780
Food£30£1,560
Course materials£4£208
Mobile phone£4£208
Going out£12£624
Clothes, health, other£14£728
Total£257£13,364

Travelling from outside the UK

If you're travelling from outside the UK to study at UCL, you may have limits on what you can bring with you and should allow for some additional costs on arrival.


Programmes with additional costs

Students on certain degree programmes will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fee; for example, for specialist equipment, artists' materials, books or costs related to carrying out fieldwork. Students on Architecture or Fine Art programmes will need to purchase different materials depending on the nature of their work; students on Earth Sciences or Archaeology programmes will need to buy some specialist tools and may need weather-proof gear. For students on programmes with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel or a contribution to the department to cover costs.

If possible additional costs concern you, please do not hesitate to contact the department in which you are interested for more details.