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 for undergraduate students (based on 2021/2022 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 the student chooses catered accommodation.

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