Student living costs

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.

The weekly shop

The weekly shop

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
Socialising £1,440
Other expenses £180

Part-time work

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.

Help with budgeting

Help with budgeting

Our finance calculator will help you to plan your finances

Key facts