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Living costs

Studying overseas is a big but valuable investment, and therefore requires careful planning in advance.

The Education UK website gives a general guide to the cost of living in the UK which will vary depending on where you study.

Here is what we have calculated as an estimated monthly living allowance* in Kingston, excluding tuition fees. Please note this will vary depending on lifestyle.

Expenditure type Approximate cost per week
Halls of residence accommodation £145
Food £40
Text books/printing/copying
£12
Laundry £5
Mobile phone
£9
Clothes and socialising £30
TOTAL £241

*We recommended that you set aside some extra money for unforeseen expenses or emergencies.

Students enrolled on a full-time course for more than six months are entitled to free healthcare under the British National Healthcare Service.

The duration of an undergraduate course in the UK is normally nine months. Based on the estimate above, the cost of living for the year would be £9,326 ($13,645*) plus your tuition fee.

The duration of postgraduate courses in the UK is generally 12 months. Based on the estimate above, the cost of living for the year would be £12,532 ($18,336*) plus your tuition fee.

What are the costs in my local currency?

Use our currency converter tool to see what the costs will be in your home country:

Please note that this currency converter tool is for guidance only and should not be taken as definitive figures (credit: Google).

*based on an exchange rate of £1.00 GBP to $1.46 USD

Working during your studies

If your visa allows you to work in the UK during your studies, this may help alleviate some of your expenses, but it is not advisable to rely on this.

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Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3645

General international student enquiries
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3411

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