University of Southampton

Student living costs

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.

Estimated living costs

The weekly shop

You should be able to eat well for £30-£40 per week

The weekly shop

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
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.

Find out more about part-time work.

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 the library has 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 privately rented accommodation, you will need to pay towards water, gas and electricity bills, but 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

More about funding your studies

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