To plan your finances you will need to think about living costs such as accommodation, food and travel. There may also be course-related costs to consider; these vary depending on your chosen course.
You should be able to eat well for £30-40 per week
The cost of living (in addition to tuition fees and travel to and from Southampton) is usually between £7,200 and £8,800 per academic year. This should cover accommodation, food and meals, daily travel in Southampton, books, stationery, dissertation preparation and other items.
There may be additional costs relating to your course - for example for materials, use of laboratory equipment or the final project.
The following table gives you an idea of the approximate cost of common items that you may need to pay for:
|Costs estimated by the British Council (per item)||Costs estimated by Hotcourses
|Pub lunch||£6||University hall fees /
private accommodation rent
|Fish and chips||£3||Mobile phone bill||£300|
|Indian take-away meal||£5-£10||Travel and transport||£360|
|Cinema tickets||£5-£10||Food and housekeeping||£1,680|
|Jeans from Top Shop||£35||Clothes and shoes||£480|
|Premiership football match tickets||£75-£100||Leisure and sport||£300|
|Game of ten pin bowling||£4||Books and stationery||£480|
You may decide to get a part-time job to help fund your time at Southampton – if so make sure this doesn’t interfere with your studies. If you are an international student, your student visa will allow you to work up to 20 hours per week during term time. Temp Bank, our temporary job agency, offers part time temporary positions at the University.
Making the most of your money
For more advice on how to budget and maximise your money, visit the Student Services website.
Books – you won’t need to buy all the books on your reading list, just the core texts. Remember the library has an excellent collection of books.
Vital equipment and materials - the University has excellent facilities, computer access for all students and your academic lecturers will let you know of the best place to buy any extra equipment.
If you are in privately rented accommodation, you will need to pay towards utility bills but you won’t have to pay council tax if everyone in your house is a student.
Remember you can use your student ID card to get discounts throughout the city’s shopping centres.
Transport – in Southampton, the uni-link bus service is a cheap way of getting around. It runs between the city, campuses, halls of residence and airport. If you are travelling further, buying a student rail or bus card will save you money on fares. There are many places to park your bike for free while you are on campus. Car parking is limited and very expensive: avoid bringing a car to Southampton if at all possible.