Living Expenses

Living Expenses

Newcastle is a city with a relatively low cost of living. Rent for private accommodation is reasonable and travelling around the city is inexpensive. You can expect your money to go further than in many other UK university cities.

As a guide, we estimate that a postgraduate student will need between £12,000 - £13,500 a year to cover living costs (2019-20). These figures do not include your tuition fees. The amount you spend of course depends on you and your requirements. Costs include:

  • accommodation and utility bills
  • food and clothing
  • entertainment
  • study costs
  • insurance
  • transport

We have information about the estimated  in Newcastle: Cost of Living 2019-20 (PDF:128KB) .

If you have a spouse or partner you should allow for an additional £4,000 per academic year. If you have children you should make additional funds available. Costs will vary of course depending on factors such as the age of your child, or if you choose to use a childcare provider.

Council Tax is a local tax based on the estimated value of a property and the number of people living in it.

If you live in University or non-University accommodation where everyone in the household is a full-time student, you will be exempt from paying council tax. All you need is an exemption certificate to give to the local authority, which we can provide.