Undergraduate prospectus


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 a total average of around 15,103 per academic year. However many students will manage to live on significantly less than the average.

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

  Per year (39 weeks)
Per week (39/52 weeks)
Rent 8,190
210 (average)
Food 1,833
Household goods
Insurance 77
Personal items*
Leisure items*
Travel** 936
Books and equipment (includes laptop)

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 will walk or cycle rather than taking public transport. The price quoted here is for a weekly zone 1/2 Student Oyster pass (Travelcard) in 2018. 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.