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Student living costs

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.

How much will it cost you to live in Southampton

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The amount you spend on food and socialising can vary

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.

Course-related costs

There may be extra costs relating to your course. These can include materials or use of laboratory equipment. You will find information about this in your course page.

Budgeting and paying for living expenses

Part-time work

You may decide to get a part-time job to help fund your time at Southampton. Our Careers and Employability service, as well as the Students' Union, can help you find work during your degree.

Find out more about part-time work while you study.

Supporting you with your finances

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.

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Our Student Finance Calculator

You can use our Student Finance Calculator as a guide to help you budget.

Start budgeting

Making the most of your money

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.

A student buying food in the market
Be aware of discounts and offers in shops around the city

• 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

More about funding your studies

Visit the undergraduate, postgraduate or international pages to find out more about funding your studies.

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Cost of living

Compare the cost of living with other university cities using our handy infographic.

Students eshopping in the city centre

Life in Southampton

Learn more about the top entertainment, culture and nightlife on offer in the city.

Work part-time to earn money while you study

Work and study

Earn some extra money while you study by securing a part-time job at the University.

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