Compare the cost of living with other university cities using our handy infographic.
To plan your finances you will need to think about living costs such as accommodation, food and travel.
Southampton is a less expensive city compared to others in the south of England. Living costs are around 20 per cent lower than in London.
The Natwest Student Living Index 2015 named Southampton as the second most affordable student city in the UK. The city is top of the list for university cities in England. Natwest also found that our students earned the most income during term-time.
As a student you will have to pay for daily essentials such as food, socialising and clothing. The amount you spend will vary depending on your tastes and shopping habits. You can see the average cost of some of these items on our student services budgeting advice pages.
To work out how much money you will need, we recommend using our Student Finance Calculator. This will help you budget for your first year at university. Please use this calculator only as a guide, your spending habits may be different to other students.
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To help you manage your budget, the University offers financial advice throughout the year. We also take part in National Student Money Week to share the ways in which you can save money.
You can use our Student Finance Calculator as a guide to help you budget.Start budgeting
For more advice on how to budget and make your money go further, visit the Student Services website.
• Books – you won’t need to buy all the books on your reading list, just the core texts. Remember all of our libraries have an excellent collection of books.
• Vital equipment and materials – the University has excellent facilities and computer access for all students. Your tutors or lecturers will let you know of the best place to buy any extra equipment you need for your studies.
• Household bills – if you are in private rented accommodation, you will need to pay towards water, gas and electricity bills. You won’t have to pay council tax if everyone in your house is a student.
• Shopping – showing your student ID card will get you a discount in many shops.
• Transport – in Southampton, the unilink bus service is a cheap way of getting around. If you live in halls in Southampton, a unilink buss pass is included in your hall fees*. If you want to travel 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, so avoid bringing a car to Southampton if at all possible.
* Except Shaftesbury Avenue flats