Your living costs will vary significantly depending on your lifestyle. 

These guides will give you a rough idea of what your expenditure could be if you live in either University accommodation or private-rented accommodation. A typical postgraduate year is 51 weeks.

The estimated annual living expenses are between £9571.20 and £14,008.20.

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These costs are based on a single postgraduate student living in University accommodation, where you'll be living with other postgraduate students.

ItemWeeklyTotal for 51 weeks
Accommodation on campus (51-week let length)
£99 - £186

£5,049 - £9,486

Food £32 £1,632
Toiletries and household items £8


Laundry (£4 per wash and dry) £4.20 per wash and dry £214.20
Course-related costs - £585
Social and sporting activity (not including travel costs) £25 


Mobile phone





  • Accommodation costs are rounded to the nearest pound. The yearly costs are based on the actual weekly cost rather than the rounded weekly costs shown in this breakdown.
  • Our student accommodation costs include electricity, heating, water, wifi and insurance.
  • Some accommodation options also include a TV Licence for communal areas. If you'd like to watch live TV or BBC catch up TV in your bedroom you will need to purchase a TV Licence (£147 per year).
ItemWeeklyTotal for 52 weeks
Private-rented accommodation £90 - £110 £4,690 - £5,720
Household bills £14 £728
Toiletries, household items and laundry £13


Food £32 £1,664
Mobile phone £8 £416
Internet and landline £5 £260
Course-related costs - £585
Contents insurance - £27
Sport and social costs (not including travel costs) £25 £1,300

£10,346 - £11,376

  • Rent costs vary depending on a number of factors such as location and the number of people you're sharing with. Find out more about private-rented accommodation in York.
  • Your letting agent may also charge administration fees when you apply for and start your tenancy. These charges vary by letting agent.
  • If you'd like to watch live TV you will also need to purchase a TV Licence which is £147 per year.
  • If you live off campus beyond walking or cycling distance you will need to allow for travel expenses. A weekly bus pass costs approximately £10.
ItemEstimated cost
Bus fare (campus to town return) £2.50
Bus fare weekly pass £11
Cinema ticket £5.50 - £10.50
York Student Cinema £3
Taxi (campus to town) £7
Sport Centre membership £25
Sport club membership from £10
Student society membership £4
Coffee on campus £2
Pint of lager on campus £2.50 
Glass of wine on campus £2.75
Nightclub entry £6

Further information


Your food costs will vary significantly depending on your personal choice about where and what you eat.

Course-specific costs

For some courses, there may be additional costs such as for textbooks, course materials, field trips, etc. These costs cannot reasonably be calculated in advance and change from year to year. For further information we recommend that you check with the relevant academic department.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK you need to pay for your visa application as well as an Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS). The charges vary depending on whether you're applying from inside or outside the UK.

International student calculator

To help you work out how to manage your money and build a budget for living and studying in the UK you can use the international student calculator.

Students with children

We have properties on and off campus to house families and we work with the York Housing Association (YHA) to provide even more family accommodation.

Expect to pay around £145 to £180 per week (including utility bills) for University-owned family accommodation, or £600 to £950 per month (excluding utility bills) for a private rented property.

Childcare costs

We also have a small campus nursery which costs £37 per child for a full day. If you decide to hire a childminder they usually charge around £3.80 per child per hour.

Work while you study

You may wish to find a part-time job to help fund your studies and/or gain extra skills and experience.

Our Careers team offer lots of information to help you find a part-time or temporary job.

Living costs for future years

When planning your finances for any future years of study in York, you should allow for an estimated increase in living expenses of 2% each year.

Contact us

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1904 322142