Cost of living

Living expenses can vary greatly from student to student, however, below is an average monthly and weekly breakdown of typical student spending in Manchester for both catered and self-catered accommodation.

It's important to note that these figures are estimates and depending on a student’s circumstances, costs may vary.

Estimated living costs (based on 2020/2021 figures) 

CostsUndergraduate year
(40 weeks)
Weekly costs
(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 you choose catered accommodation.

**The University of Manchester self-catered accommodation can range in price from £3,915 to £6,099 a year. For further information on the annual cost of accommodation and accommodation provision at The University of Manchester, please visit our accommodation pages.

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme.  Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than £100 per annum will be made clear at the point of application and in programme handbooks, with details of what these costs are. Find out more about our policy on additional costs.