How Much Money Do I Need?
The UK Border Agency (UKBA) requires you to have a budget of at least £1,000 per month to study in London (in addition to your tuition fees). This is the minimum you need to get a visa in central London.
Most London university campuses are located within the London area. Some campuses are located just outside London. If you study at one of these campuses you will require a minimum budget of £800 per month as requested by the UKBA. Remember you will also need to pay for your university tuition fees.
Average student rents are approximately £150 per week but you can find cheaper. Use the London rents map website to look at average house rent costs in the city.
The government estimates that, in addition to your rent, you will need approximately £104 per week for living costs, but this will vary depending on how much you socialise.
Calculate your costs using the student budget calculator.
London Life is Cheaper Than You Think
Did you know? London was voted the most cost-effective city in the UK for students.
With so many part-time jobs available, you can support your studies and enjoy London life while you study. Plus you'll have great work experience to add to your CV.
Money Saving Tips for Students in London
- Enjoy thousands of free events, lectures and seminars held in London throughout the year. Find out more at Visit London.
- Sign-up for discounted student travel and save 30% on London travelcards. Find out more at Transport for London.
- There are thousands of student discounts available ranging from travel to books and cinema tickets to eating out. Find out more at Visit London.
- Research where to live. Rent costs vary widely depending on your location in London. Find out more on the London Student Accommodation Guide.
- The best things in life are free. Discover historical London, visit Royal Parks and enjoy free entrance to world-class galleries and museums. Find out more at Visit London.
London is Great Value for Students
Don't forget, by studying in London you are investing in your future and you will:
- Gain an internationally recognised qualification
- Gain valuable work experience
- Study in a city with links to global companies
- Live in the world's most culturally diverse city
- Create an international network of friends
- Improve your language skills, be it in English, Hindi or Arabic!