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How much does it cost to study at UCL?

Resources to help you calculate the cost of coming to UCL

 

Important

The information below provides an indicative guide to the main areas of spending while you are studying. It is not intended to provide an estimate for the total likely cost of living for the whole year.

When calculating the cost of study there are two elements to consider - tuition fees and living costs.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees will vary from programme to programme, and depend on your fee status. Check the Undergraduate Prospectus, Graduate Taught ProspectusGraduate Research Prospectus or the Fees Schedules for information on what your fees may be for any particular programme.

Additional Course Costs

Some degree programmes may involve additional costs that are not covered by the tuition fee. This could include specialist equipment, artists' materials, books or costs related to carrying out fieldwork. 

Contact the department in which you are interested to find out more about potential additional costs.

Living Costs

'Average living costs' can be difficult to predict, as every student will have different priorities and lifestyle choices. We have provided some guide amounts below for some of the types of essential living costs you will need to cover.

Accommodation

Undergraduate student in UCL self-catered halls

CostsPer weekPer monthPer 39 week academic year
Rent*£207£897£8,073

Postgraduate student in UCL self-catered halls

CostsPer weekPer monthPer 52 week academic year
Rent*£250£1,083£13,000

Undergraduate or Postgraduate student in shared privately-rented accommodation

CostsPer weekPer monthPer 52 week contract          
Rent*£174£754£9,048
Household bills**£10£43£520

Other essential costs

CostsPer weekPer monthPer 39 week academic yearPer 52 week academic year      
Food**£39£468£1,521£2,028
Course materials**£5£21£195£260
Mobile phone (SIM-only plan, unlimited calls and texts, 30GB data)£2£9£78£104
Health and wellbeing**£17£74£663£884
Student bus pass (18+ Student monthly Oyster photocard)£14£63£564£751
Total£77£635£3,021£4,027

*Rents are based on the most common room rate for UCL accommodation figures and information from www.spareroom.co.uk 

** Based on the Save the Student survey for 2021 and uprated by 10% to reflect the current rate of inflation

Please note the above amounts may increase throughout the year if inflation rates rise further.

Discretionary costs and budgeting

The above estimations will give you a rough idea of how much you may have to spend on your essential costs. Most students will have additional discretionary expenses to consider such as subscriptions, costs associated with going out and socialising, clothing and so on. It is highly recommended that you look at the funding you will have available to you and adapt your lifestyle to fit within that budget.

Further information about how to create a budget, ideas for increasing your income, and suggestions about how to save money on your expenses is available on our Manage your money pages. 

International Students

As an international student there are some additional costs you will need to consider when coming to study in the UK.
If you need to arrange a Student Visa, there are costs associated with this. These include the fee for the visa, the healthcare surcharge, and the financial evidence needed as part of your visa application.

More information on arranging a student visa is available on the Student Visas page and the Applying from outside the UK page. 

You should also consider your travel costs, and if you will need to purchase items you are unable to bring with you, for example bedding. Further advice is available on the International Students page.

Student Parents

Students with dependents will have additional costs to consider, depending on their circumstances. For more information on UCL support available please read the Student Support and Wellbeing team’s pages for Student Parents.

Support from UCL

To find out more about how to cover the cost of tuition fees and living costs, see our Fund your studies pages.

Information about additional financial support for current students is on our Financial Support from UCL pages.