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Student living costs

Working out your finances is a big part of preparing for university. You can use this page to get an idea of approximate living costs and what you may need to budget for.

Average living costs for students

These costs are based on national averages that are estimated by the Which Student Budget Calculator (2019) and were adjusted for inflation in May 2023. They provide an indication of what costs to expect, but every student should consider their own individual circumstances when calculating their budget.

ExpenseAverage weekly cost
Accommodation in Halls (average)£151
Private rent £125
Internet* and mobile phone£12
Unilink bus pass* £8
Other transport (train and taxi)£20
Food shopping£45
Social and wellbeing (hobbies, gym, going out)£30
Clothing and personal care£20
Trips and opportunities (including optional course trips and holidays)£25
Books and other course costs£20

*these costs are included in your rent if you live in University of Southampton-managed Halls of Residence in Southampton.

You may also find the following information useful:

Help with money

We're here if you need help managing your money while studying at Southampton. We can give you advice on student loans and other funding sources, and support if you’re having problems.

You can also email us at

International students

You'll need to show you can afford to live and study in the UK when you apply for your visa.

We can help you with visa and immigration issues.

Saving you money

As a university student, you can get discounts on purchases from train travel to pizza across the UK.

If you live in University of Southampton-owned halls of residence you can also travel around Southampton for free with a Unilink bus pass.

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