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Student living costs

Both Southampton and Winchester are affordable cities to live in as a student. 

Average living costs for students

Here are some student living expenses you're likely to pay in Southampton or Winchester. These are average costs for people living alone in halls of residence.

These costs are taken from the Which Student Budget Calculator
Expense Monthly cost
Accommodation in halls (average) £540
Mobile phone and internet £27
Transport (train and taxi) £80
Food shopping £74
Takeaways and snacks £26
Coffee and tea £7
Alcohol and cigarettes £15
Interests and hobbies £46
Clothing £42
Personal care £12
Holidays and flights £90
Bank charges and fees £30
Other expenses £21
Average monthly total: £1010

Your budget

It's a good idea to work out your own budget for your circumstances. Your costs will be higher if you choose private accommodation, for example.

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.

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 our halls of residence you can also travel around Southampton for free with a Unilink bus pass.

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