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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.

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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Student Finance Calculator

You can use the government's 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.

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Be aware of discounts and offers in shops around the city

* 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.

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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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