Living costs for master's students

Living costs for master's students in Manchester are comparable to other major UK cities but are much lower than in London.

As a master's student it is important to budget sensibly to ensure you have enough money for the duration of your studies. Although living costs can vary greatly from student to student, the table below gives a breakdown of the essential living expenses of an average Manchester student for one academic year.

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

These costs are intended as a guide only.

Estimated living costs 2021/22 for postgraduate students

Cost52 weeksWeekly cost (based on 52 weeks)
Accommodation (self-catered) £7,605 £146.25
Meals (excluding meals out) £2,080 £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 £13,340