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Cost of living in the UK

Compared with other cities, particularly those in the south of the UK, Manchester is an affordable place to live and very popular with students on a budget.

You can benefit from student discounts on a wide range of goods and services, including transport, fashion and entertainment.

While accommodation is likely to be your main expense, opting for a room in a University hall of residence will provide you with clarity of costs, as our hall fees include contents insurance, all utility bills (such as gas and electricity) and most have free internet connection.

Estimated costs

The table below gives a breakdown of the essential living costs of an average Manchester student for one academic year.

The estimates are based on average annual expenditure of an undergraduate or postgraduate single student on a full-time course.

Estimated living costs 2013/14

40 weeks
52 weeks
(average cost for self-catering halls)
4,620 5,145


1,450 1,965
Books and stationery (depending on your course, and if you buy new or second hand) 400 490
(including provision of warm clothing and footwear)
400 490
Local transport 520 665

Other general living expenses
(eg photocopying and printing, laundry, phone calls, consumables, entertainment, sports, cooking equipment etc)

1,495 1,875
Total 8,885 10,630

If you require a visa to come to the UK, you are granted it on condition that you can pay your tuition fees and living expenses (for you and your family) without having to depend on finding work in the UK.

The International Student Calculator website may help you to plan and manage your money for your studies in the UK, although please be aware that costs of living may vary slightly from region to region.