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Cost of living

Manchester's affordable cost of living makes it an ideal choice for those who want to enjoy a major city on a budget. It is consistently shown to be one of the cheapest places in the UK for students to live.

You can enjoy some of the cheapest travel costs in the country and with a total student population of more than 80,000 to aim at, local businesses, services and nightlife venues compete for your custom with countless offers and promotions.

Below are breakdowns of spending for the average Manchester undergraduate and postgraduate student for one academic year.

Estimated living costs 2016/17 for undergraduate students

Costs40 weeksWeekly cost (based on 40 weeks)
Accommodation (self-catered)* £4,995 £124.88
Meals (excluding meals out) £1,525 £38
Course costs excluding tuition fees (varies greatly according to degree programme, for example books and equipment) £420  
Clothes £400  
Transport (includes local transport and travelling home / visiting friends) £450

£7.50 for a weekly bus pass (£300 for a weekly bus pass for 40 weeks).

£150 for rail travel home/visiting friends.

Costs may be greater for students commuting from home but they will incur no accommodation costs.
Other (eg mobile phone bill, socialising, laundry, photocopying and printing) £1,600 £40
Total £9,390  

*For catered accommodation (breakfast and an evening meal on weekdays) add approximately £350 to the annual total.

 

Estimated living costs 2016/17 for postgraduate students

Cost 52 weeksWeekly cost (based on 52 weeks)
Accommodation (self-catered) £6,400 £123.07
Meals (excluding meals out) £1,985 £38
Course costs excluding tuition fees (varies greatly according to degree programme eg books and equipment) £420  
Clothes £520  
Local transport (excludes travelling home / visiting friends) £390 £7.50 for a weekly bus pass
Other (eg mobile phone bill, socialising, laundry, photocopying and printing) £2,080 £40
Total £11,795  

These costs are intended as a guide only.

Some courses will require you to pay for specific items, materials or activities not covered in the tuition fees, such as field courses. In these cases the University endeavours to keep these additional costs as low as possible.