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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

We know that money can be a worrying topic for most students. So this section sets out clearly and simply what you need to pay for and when.

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 387 per week is considered a reasonable average for about a 39-week year, which includes the 30-week UCL academic year plus the Christmas and Easter vacations. This equates to around 15,103 per academic year.

As a guide, for a first-year student living in a UCL Hall of Residence the cost per week of your main items of expenditure is likely to be around:

  Per year (39 weeks)
Per week (39/52 weeks)
Rent 8,034
206 (average)
Food 1,950
50
Household goods
390
10
Insurance 64.74
1.66
Personal items*
2,223
57
Leisure items**
975
25
Travel*** 881.40
22.60
Books and equipment (includes laptop)
585
15

Costs note

* Personal items include clothing, mobile phone bills, medical expenses, toiletries and other small personal items.

** Leisure items include hobbies, sport, entertainment subscriptions, social and cultural activities.

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

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.