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 2020/21 for undergraduate students

CostsUndergraduate year (40 weeks)Weekly cost (based on 40 weeks)
Accommodation (self-catered)* £5,395** £134.87
Meals (excluding meals out) £1,525 £38
Clothes £400  
Transport (includes local transport and travelling home/visiting friends) £460

Weekly, monthly and annual bus passes available

Other (eg books, equipment, mobile phone bill, socialising, laundry, photocopying and printing) £2,000 £50
Total £9,780  

*For catered accommodation (breakfast and an evening meal on weekdays) add approximately £900 to the annual total – the ‘meals’ total will be less if the student chooses catered accommodation.

** The University of Manchester self-catered accommodation can range in price from £4,394 to £6,759 a year. Further information on accommodation provision and the annual cost of accommodation at The University of Manchester.

Estimated living costs 2020/21 for postgraduate students

Cost52 weeksWeekly cost (based on 52 weeks)
Accommodation (self-catered) £7,465 £143.56
Meals (excluding meals out) £2,025 £38.94
Clothes £520  
Local transport (excludes travelling home / visiting friends) £535 Weekly, monthly and annual bus passes available
Other (eg mobile phone bill, socialising, laundry, photocopying and printing) £2,600 £50
Total £13,145  

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.