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A guide to your expenses while you study

Resources to help you calculate the cost of coming to UCL

How much does it cost to study at UCL?

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 whether you are from the UK/EU or overseas. 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.

Living Costs

'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, postgraduate in UCL halls and any student renting privately in London.

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

Undergradaute student in UCL halls

CostsPer 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

 

Postgraduate student in UCL halls

CostsPer weekPer 52 week academic year
Average rent£213£11,076
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£292£15,184

 

Undergraduate or Postgraduate student in privately rented accommodation

CostsPer 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

Budgeting

The above estimations will give you a rough idea of how much coming to UCL may cost. However, it it also important to look at the funding you will have available to you and adapt your lifestyle to fit within that budget.

Whether it's from student loans, scholarships, support from family or income from a part time job, you will only have a finite amount of income to support yourself. It is important to choose accommodation and adapt your lifestyle to match the money that you have available to you.

Ideas on how to maximise your income and minimise your costs as a student can be found on this page.

In order to manage your money well at university, you will need to make a budget. This is a simple process of looking at how much money you have coming in and tracking how much money you are spending. If you're not sure where to start, there are some useful online resources that can help you:

If you are struggling to make a budget or to keep you costs within your budget, the Student Funding Adviser can help.