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Student Living Costs

Being able to budget is an important part of student life and is a valuable skill to develop. Newcastle is a student-friendly city when it comes to university study.

Understanding the cost of living is an important and often neglected part of university life. Living costs cover expenses other than tuition fees, such as accommodation, food, drink, travel and study materials.

The average living costs for a student in the UK is £1,112.50 per month, so budgeting is a crucial part of student life for both undergraduates and postgraduates. 

A lot of the living costs associated with student life are typically lower in the UK's northern cities, meaning your money will go further. 

Estimated monthly budget

Spending patterns as a student differ from what they've been up to now, particularly if you're living away from home. If you plan ahead and are realistic about your budget, you shouldn’t have any problems striking a balance between work and play.

The costs below are approximate for students living in Newcastle and you should use them as a guide only.

Cost examples explained


At Newcastle, we guarantee most first-year students a place in University accommodation. Rents vary depending on distance from the University, room type and facilities. Rent usually includes energy and water bills.


Some halls of residence are catered and include the cost of some meals in rent prices, otherwise food expenses will make up a large portion of the monthly budget.

Course costs

Costs will depend on the subject you are studying and can include:

  • books
  • stationery
  • photocopying
  • field trips
  • specialist materials or equipment

Course costs are estimated at around £11 - £59 per month.

Social life

Socialising is an important part of university life and must be budgeted for. Depending on interests and lifestyle these costs will vary. You can enjoy a range of budget-friendly activities and events through the Students' Union or our sports facilities.

Travel costs

There are plenty of ways to travel around Newcastle. There's public transport like the Metro and buses, as well as cycle routes from the popular student neighbourhoods of Jesmond and Heaton into the city centre. These are all costs which need to be accounted for. 


Rent for university accommodation includes contents insurance, but other more valuable items, such as a bike or laptop may need additional cover. 


It is a legal requirement in the UK that a TV licence is required for any property with a television, or for those watching live television through an app like BBC iPlayer.

Find out more about TV Licensing.

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