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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. 

A total of around £386 per week is considered a reasonable average for a student living in UCL accommodation. This is based on a 39-week year, made up of the 30-week UCL academic year plus Christmas and Easter holidays. It equates to an average total of £15,103 per academic year. However, many students manage to live on significantly less than the average.

Please see the table below as a guide to some of the costs you may incur as a first year student living in a UCL Hall of residence.

 Per year (39 weeks)Per week (39/52 weeks)
Rent£8,190£210 (average)
Food£1,833£47
Household goods£351£9
Insurance£77£1.97
Personal items*£1,911£49
Leisure items*£1,248£32
Travel**£936£24.50
Books and equipment (includes laptop)£507£13
Costs note

* Personal and leisure items include clothing, mobile phone bills, medical expenses, toiletries, hobbies, sport, entertainment subscriptions, social and cultural activities.

**Travel can vary according to where your accommodation is located. Many students walk or cycle rather than taking public transport. The price quoted here is for a weekly Student Oyster pass (Travelcard) zones 1-2 in 2019.

See the TFL website for all bus and Tube fares


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.