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Living Costs

Bradford is one of the least expensive cities in the UK for students to live in.

We have given a few examples of typical costs below to give you some guidance:

Estimated minimum living costs in Bradford 2016/201742 weeks51 weeks
Accommodation depending on type £2140 to £4450* £2600 to £5400*
Food, toiletries and laundry (based on £60 per week) £2100 £2550
Toiletries, laundry and household (based on £15pwk) £630 £765
Books, stationery, photocopying and printing (based on £10 per week) £420 £510
Mobile phone costs (based on £10 per week) £420 £510
Local Travel – if required (based on £10 pwk)  £420 £510
Set up costs (based on £500) £500 £500
Insurance for personal possessions £70** £70**
Estimated minimum total for guidance only £6700 to £9010 £8015 to £10,815

* Accommodation may be in Halls of Residence (standard rooms or ensuite rooms available) or in private housing. Halls of Residence rents usually include all utility bills. Rent in private housing are generally for room only, and costs of utility bills are additional. Please check with your accommodation provider for further details.

** Insurance for personal possessions is included in Halls of Residence rent. Rent in private houses does not include this insurance, and this cost should be included in your budget planning.

The costs given above are estimates, and do not include any money for mobile phone/telephone costs, leisure activities, or initial set-up costs of bedding, kitchen equipment and warm clothing.

Please note:

  • These expenses will vary from one student to another according to your lifestyle and circumstances, as everybody is different! Remember that you will need additional money to cover these costs. 
  • The amount of money that you need also varies according to the time of year.
  • At the start of the academic year you will need to have access to enough money to pay accommodation deposits and rents (it is best to pay these in advance), and also to buy items that you need when you first arrive.

International students

  • The UK Border Agency considers that students living outside of London will require approximately £1,015 per month for their living expenses.
  • For visa purposes, as a new student to the UK, you will need to provide evidence that you have £9,135 (£1015 x 9 = £9,135) of money in your bank account to use for your living costs, in addition to your tuition fees for the first year of your course.
  • More information can be found on the International website.

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