With tuition fees at a maximum of £9,000 a year for home students and grants a thing of the past, it’s a good idea to reduce living costs by studying in cheaper cities. Unless you have a scholarship for tuition fees, like the Reuben Singh Scholarship, which covers one year’s fees, you’ll have to make your savings somewhere else.
Cardiff students pay an average weekly rent of £85 and this isn’t set to rise any time soon. Public transport is cheap here too, although most students cycle or walk. Cardiff is very affordable for a capital city.
Lincoln also has an average weekly rent of £85, as well as a good mix of bars, clubs, pubs and cultural centres. The city has two good unis – Bishops Grossteste and University of Lincoln.
Durham has the best quality of life for students in the UK. There’s a great social scene and graduates have a 92% employment rate within the first year of leaving. The average weekly rent is £82 and Durham is seen as a cheaper alternative to Oxford and Cambridge, which are eye-wateringly expensive.
The average weekly rent is £81, but it’s rising as demand increases. However, Liverpool is a cheap city to live in and there are lots of part-time jobs available. An extra benefit is that the two main unis – University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University – have city centre campuses.
The weekly average rent here is £81, but it’s rising slowly. The city has good nightlife and shopping, as well as cheap buses, which make getting around easier.
With a weekly rent of £80, Sheffield is a popular choice for students. The music scene in the city is famous and vibrant, and students can live all over the city and just outside as bus transport is very cheap indeed. Student routes cost under £1.
There’s a surfeit of accommodation in Leeds, which means that the weekly average of £80 is set to fall. The overall cost of living is very low, and taxis in Leeds are among the cheapest in the UK. If there’s two or more of you, a cab is often cheaper than each of you paying a bus fare!
Swansea’s average rent if £79 a week and it’s not set to rise. There’s lots of clubbing, art and shopping going on and Swansea University campus is a mere three miles from the centre.
Leicester also has a weekly rent of £79, which is falling slowly. Both the University of Leicester and De Montfort University are less than a mile from the city centre and the fact that Leicester is centrally-located within the UK means it’s easily accessible to students from all over. Food is cheap here, with Leicester being home to Europe’s biggest fresh food market.
The UK’s cheapest city costs an average of £69 per week (double room) and this average is falling. Belfast’s Queen University campus is just by the city’s bars and restaurants, so getting a part-time job shouldn’t be too much of a challenge.