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To plan your finances you will need to think about living costs such as accommodation, food and travel. Depending on your degree, you may also have to pay some course-related costs.
Southampton is a relatively inexpensive city compared to others in the south of England, with living costs around 20 per cent lower than in London. In the Natwest Student Living Index 2015 Southampton was named the second most affordable student city in the UK, and topped the list of university cities in England. The study of 2,486 students investigated how much they spend in the UK on essentials, socialising, sports & fitness and hobbies & interests. Natwest found that Southampton students earned the most term-time income.
The cost of living for one person (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 or use of laboratory equipment. You will find information about this in your course details.
The following table gives you an idea of the approximate cost of common items that you may need to pay for:
|Costs estimated by Hotcourses||per year||Costs estimated by the British Council||per item|
|University hall fees or private accommodation rent||£3,840||Pub lunch||£6|
|Mobile phone bill||£300||Fish and chips||£3|
|Travel and transport||£360||Indian take-away meal||£5-£10|
|Food and housekeeping||£1,680||Cinema tickets||£5-£10|
|Clothes and shoes||£480||Jeans from Top Shop||£35|
|Leisure and sport||£300||Premiership football match tickets||£75-£100|
|Books and stationery||£480||Game of ten pin bowling||£4|
You may decide to get a part-time job to help fund your time at Southampton.
For more advice on how to budget and make your money go further, visit the Student Services website.
* Except Shaftesbury Avenue flats