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It is very difficult to estimate an individual's living costs as we all have different lifestyle requirements and spending habits.

As well as your study costs, you'll also need enough money to support yourself while you're at university. This could be made up of your maintenance loan (if eligible), wages, family help and student overdraft.

Bear in mind you might need some money for upfront costs before your maintenance loan comes through. For example, if you're in halls or rented accommodation, you'll need to pay a deposit to secure your room and may need to pay a month's rent in advance. Make sure you've got enough cash to see you through your first few weeks of university.

To be able to create an accurate budget, you need to be aware of all the costs you will incur over a year. Utilities are included in halls fees but are likely to be separate if you are in private rented accommodation, so make sure all bills are handled fairly and are paid on time. Also, don't forget to budget for Christmas and birthdays and one-off events that happen throughout the year.

International students must note that the following estimate does not include your tuition fees and the costs of trips to and from your home country. Also bear in mind that your tuition fees are subject to increase year on year, and you should make provision for any rise in costs.

In the table below, we have given you a general guide with an estimate of average costs for accommodation in university halls and living expenses for a single student over a 40 week* period. Remember, these figures can vary greatly depending on your own circumstances and you should therefore budget accordingly.

Expenditure Average cost per weekAverage cost per academic year*

Solent University student residence (2021-22 figs) (incl. utility bills: heating, electricity, water)

£108.50 - £154

£4464 - £6336
(over 41 weeks)


£30 - £40

£1,200 - £1,600

Toiletries, laundry, etc



Books and other material



Leisure/social (entertainment, going out)



Mobile phone






Contents insurance

£2 - £3

£80 - £120

TV Licence



For up-to-date information about Solent's student residences, visit our accommodation pages. You can also find out more about living in Southampton.

For useful budgeting and financial information, have a look at the Money Saving Expert.

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