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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 is a breakdown of spending for the average Manchester student for one academic year.

Estimated living costs 2014/15Undergraduate
40 weeks
52 weeks
(average cost for self-catering halls)
4,850 5,925
Meals 1,495 2,025
Books and stationery (depending on your course, and if you buy new or second hand) 415 505
(including provision of warm clothing and footwear)
415 505
Local transport 540 685
Other general living expenses
(eg photocopying and printing, laundry, phone calls, consumables, entertainment, sports, cooking equipment etc)
1,540 1,930
Total 9,255 11,575

These estimates are based on average annual expenditure of an undergraduate or postgraduate single student on a full-time course. For catered accommodation (breakfast and dinner on weekdays), add approximately £300 to the total.

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.