What is your intended level of study?

Help textAre you planning on studying an undergraduate (e.g. BA, BSc), postgraduate taught (e.g. MA, MSc), or postgraduate research (e.g. PhD) degree? If you have not studied for a degree before you are most likely an undergraduate student. If you are planning to study the PGCE teaching course you must choose 'PGCE course' from the list.

What is your fee status?

Help textFee status is decided according to nationally established guidelines which take into account your nationality or immigration status and your ordinary residence. Choose the most appropriate option from the list - it is very important to make the correct choice here to ensure the accuracy of your calculated balance. More information on fee status

Please answer both questions above to continue.

Overseas students cannot study on a PGCE course. Please select an alternative option.

Are you entitled to a teacher training bursary?

Help text Select from the options below. If you are not sure which teacher training bursary you are eligible for, please visit the TDA website.

Your tuition fees £:

Help textEnter your tuition fees here. Check the Postgraduate fees and funding pages for more information on postgraduate tuition fees.

What is your estimated household income?

Help textThe calculator needs to know your estimated household income in order to calculate the likely value of the student loan you will receive, along with any bursary. It also allows the calculator to estimate your parent/carers' contribution to your finances, based on these figures.

Are you eligible for benefits?

Help textAre you eligible for any means-tested benefits from the Department of Work and pensions? If so click on the yes button. Not sure? Read more.

Select the amount of tuition fees you will be liable to pay.

Help textFees for overseas students vary depending on the course you wish to study. International students should check out the University's 'Fees and Money' pages for more information.

Where do you hope to live?

Help textFor full information on types of hall, fees and contract lengths visit the Accommodation website. (The values used to calculate costs here shouldn't be considered exact, and don't form a contractual agreement as to the fees you will be charged.)

Savings or scholarship fund £:

Help textIf you have savings to put towards your time at University, or have been awarded a scholarship, add this here. Don't worry about adding any parental/carer contribution here; we will estimate this based on your household income.

Savings or scholarship fund £:

Help textIf you have savings to put towards your time at University, or have been awarded a scholarship, add this here. If your parents/carers are making a contribution to your finances, you can enter this here too.
Part-time job / other monthly income £:
Help textIf you have a part time job, or any other type of monthly income/allowance, you can enter it here.

Living costs estimate

Help textLiving costs include food, drinks, socialising, and household items. You can either estimate a monthly allowance to cover these things yourself, or use our estimate. Click on the icons to the right for more advice.

Food £: Clothes £:
Travel £: Going out £:
Bills £: Other £:

Balance for the year: £

Help textYour balance for the year is an estimate of how much money you will have after one year at Southampton, if you take up the option of a tuition fee loan alongside the standard student loan.
Help textYour balance for the year is an estimate of how much money you will have after one year at Southampton.

Balance including tuition fee: £

Help text Your balance including tuition fee estimates how much money you will have after one year at Southampton, if you pay for tuition fees up front at the start of the year.

Spending

Income

Tuition fees:
  University/gov. bursary:
Accommodation:
  Est. parental/carer funding:
Living costs:
  Government loan income:
      Government grant income:
      Teacher training bursary:
 
  Other funds:
Total spend:
  Total income:


You're a little short of balancing your budget, even if you consider a tuition fee loan. Here is some advice to help you improve on this figure:

Your budget comes out as positive, providing you take out a tuition fee loan to pay for your course fees. Here are some tips to improve this figure, plus check out some of the great offers available if you study at Southampton:

Okay, so you're a little short of balancing your budget. Here is some advice to help you improve on this figure:

Consider lowering living costsIf you entered high figures for your living costs, consider revising these down. You may have factored in certain things which are cheaper on campus than you are used to at home. Take a look at some of the great free services to the right, and other University of Southampton deals below.

You may recieve more support than we have predictedThe breakdown at the top of this page shows how we calculated your balance. You may feel we have underestimated the likely contribution from your parents/carers, or you may have some other savings to contribute which you forgot to mention.

Consider revising your choice of accommodationIf you chose part catered halls, these are generally more expensive than self catered, so consider a cheaper accommodation option to save funds. If you are local you may wish to stay at home to keep costs down.

Check out temp bank vacanciesYou may wish to work part time during your studies; the University temp bank provides vacancies designed with students in mind. Also see the Career Destinations service.


Here are some other great offers to help you keep costs down:

Free buss passIncluded in the price for accommodation in Southampton based halls is a free bus pass for uni-link services, as well as free internet in many halls, and Residences Support services. The uni-link bus service runs across the Southampton area.

Cheap gym membershipStudents registered on full-time academic courses at the University of Southampton are eligible to purchase membership for the Sport and Recreation centre at a special student rate of £115.

Great, your budget comes out in credit. You may still wish to make further savings, so take a look at some of the great offers available if you study at Southampton.

Free buss passIncluded in the price for accommodation in Southampton based halls is a free bus pass for uni-link services, as well as free internet in many halls, and Residences Support services. The uni-link bus service runs across the Southampton area.

Cheap gym membershipStudents registered on full-time academic courses at the University of Southampton are eligible to purchase membership for the Sport and Recreation centre at a special student rate of £115.

Dyslexia servicesDyslexia Services support students with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties, such as dyspraxia. Specialist academic study skills tuition is provided. After diagnosis you will have access to our full range of support services. £50.00

Early Years CentreIf you have children, Student Services provide high quality education and childcare for children aged four months to five years. We are open from 8am to 6pm for 50 weeks of the year. £17.30 per session

Students on campus

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WNAC

Wessex Needs Assessment Centre (WNAC)

WNAC provides specialist assessments for student with disabilities and specific learning difficulties (dyslexia), many of whom are eligible for the Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA).

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Career Destinations

Career Destinations

What does a successful future look and feel like to you? What will bring you professional fulfillment? How can you make the most of your academic and personal potential? We will help you to build up the knowledge, attitudes and career management skills to research and produce your own solutions to these important questions.

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Counselling

Counselling

The Counselling service is provided for all current students and staff of the University of Southampton. Enquiries and requests for information are also invited from past and future students or staff and any other people who might have an interest in the work of the Counselling service.

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First Support

The First Support team is dedicated to being the first point of contact and supporting students during times of crisis. We work with students to identify what support is needed, appropriately refer to the correct service (liaising with those services where necessary) and assist students for very short periods until ongoing support is in place.

Enabling

Residence Support ServiceEnabling Services consists of three teams: the Disability Advice and Support Team, Mentoring and the Ancillary Learning Support Service. These teams aim to enable every student to reach their full potential at university by providing support, information and advice tailored to meet individual needs. Enabling Services aims to support students to take part as fully and as equitably as possible in every aspect of university life - not just in academic activities.

Residence Support ServiceResidences support

We have a full-time team called the Residences Support Service who act as the first point of contact for our student residents 'out of hours' (i.e. 6pm-8am). They are tasked with keeping the residences a safe and study-conductive environment, helping student residents settle in and get the best out of living in halls.

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Dyslexia

Dyslexia Services support students with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties, such as dyspraxia. Specialist academic study skills tuition is provided. Full diagnostic assessments can be arranged.

Some students may have to pay for diagnostic assessments.

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Student Services Centre

Student Services CentreThe Student Advisory Team is based in The George Thomas Building (Building 37). We are a team of eleven advisors who can assist with your queries not only in person but also via telephone and email. We aim to answer 80% of your queries at first point of contact.

We are supported by, and work closely with specialist services such as the Accommodation Service, Financial Information and Assistance, and the Fees Team.

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Faith and belief support

The ChapliancyThe Chaplaincy Centre is open every weekday during term-time from 8.30am to 5.30pm and provides space for regular services and private prayer, as well as a common room with coffee-making facilities.

Everyone is welcome to use any of these facilities and when the rooms are available they can be booked free of charge. Many student-led groups of different faiths use the centre and a separate Muslim prayer room is located on the main campus.

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Working out a food budget

Food on campusIf this is the first time you will be managing your own food shopping, thinking about the best things to put in your basket to keep costs down (without becoming malnourished!) can be a daunting task.

Considering where you shop can have a significant bearing on costs. Look out for weekly deals if you pass a supermarket on your way to University. Some students will stock up on items that last, so that if money is running low there is still food in the cupboard until you are back in credit.

Unless your housemates are all extremely fair, considerate and eat the same amount, sharing a food budget rarely works, so try this option with caution.

There is a fruit and veg market on campus most Mondays during term time in the Students' Union building, called Unique-fruit.

We would suggest budgeting for somewhere between £80-£120 per month for food, depending on where you shop and the types of food you like to eat, though if you choose to live in part catered halls you could reduce this figure.

Google map showing local supermarkets

Restaurants and bars on campus

Unique-fruit website

The Cube nightclubNights out

Socalising with friends on nights out or through student society activities will be a significant part of your time at University, and something not to be missed out on. Keeping to a budget when going out is not impossible in Southampton - most places to eat and drink around campus (especially the Students' Union facilities) offer very reasonable prices. That said, if you go out every night, then your funds will be eaten up quickly. Also bear in mind some societies may have membership fees, or fees to make use of specialist equipment.

Take advantage of the many student discounts available to you on or around campus, many of which will be highlighted in packs handed out around campus at the start of term. Other common-sense ideas include only taking out the amount of money you can afford. Keeping some funds in a separate part of your wallet or purse for your taxi ride home can help to stop you spending it. Check your balance on campus before you go out in the evening. If you can't afford it, consider staying in with friends instead.

We suggest factoring for a budget of £100-£175 per month on socialising.

Students' Union website - nightlife

Clubs and societies

Fashion on a budgetClothes and other items

Even students who are not particularly fashion conscious will go through clothes during their time at university, and for many it is a time for experimentation, developing your look - so how can this be achieved on a budget, and how much will it realistically cost?

As with going out, make sure to take advantage of the many student discounts available in Southampton, including those listed in the GiftEd scheme.

It may not be where you usually shop, but look out for vintage clothing outlets, charity shops and secondhand boutiques - you can find some great bargains here. Online-only retailers and auction sites can also offer some great deals on clothes, including the latest fashions and top brands.

Budget for £30-80 a month on clothes.

Google map of local clothes shops

Google map showing local charity shops

Travel costs

Travel costsTravelling between our campuses and halls, around town, and to railway stations and airport has never been easier. The uni-link bus service is renowned for its reliable and frequent service, with a fleet of 13 buses and four routes. Up to seven buses an hour are available throughout the day. The Students' Union also run a night bus service.

If you choose to cycle you'll find 47 lockable bike stores, good cycle routes and ready availability of repairs, sales help and advice on campus. Our scheme of facilities and support services for cyclists has led to the National Cycle Award - the only university to be recognised in this way.

Students based in Winchester will find that the town centre is quite compact and most destinations are walkable from campus. Bluestar busses service the city. Southampton and Winchester are just 10 minutes apart via train.

You may not need to worry about travel costs at all in your first year, (taxis home from nights out can be factored into your 'socialising' spend) - unless you plan to travel home often, in which case you should factor in home visit costs.

uni-link website

SotonBus iPhone app - real-time bus information

Bluestar website

University transport website

Studying costs

Course costsStudying costs are an important consideration during your time at Southampton. Broadly speaking studying costs appear in the following forms, depending on the subject you choose:

  • Reading materials - many courses will require you to purchase books and other recommended reading materials to support your study
  • Lab equipment - students working in labs may need to purchase lab coats or other specialist equipment
  • Field trips - courses which include field trips as part of the programme of study may require you to cover the costs of your involvement.
We are unable to give you an accurate cost calculated automatically as these figures vary significantly across the wide range of subject areas taught by the University, and we would recommend you check with staff from the academic area you are interested in.

Bills

BillsBesides your general living costs and University/accommodation fees, it is likely you will face other bills for things like your mobile phone, or your TV licence. You may decide to use a laundry service.

Set aside around £20-£40 per month for these sort of bills.

Overseas students may also consider one off costs such as visa costs (usually £99) and police registration (£34). A generic international student calculator is available from Brightside UNIAD.