York is a great place to live as a student and is a compelling first step in city life. You'll need to make sure you budget to make your money go further and your living costs will vary significantly depending on your lifestyle.

These guides will give you a rough idea of what your spending could be if you live in either University accommodation or private-rented accommodation. A typical undergraduate year is 44 weeks.

The estimated annual living costs are between £8,992 - £13,480. In various cases, the costs and totals have been rounded to the nearest 50p. The aggregate total yearly costs are based on the actual weekly cost, rather than the rounded weekly costs shown in this breakdown.

A typical contract for University accommodation is 44 weeks, which excludes the summer vacation. We also have some 40 and 51-week lets.

ItemWeeklyYearly cost (44 weeks)
Accommodation: self-catered and shared bathroom £99 - £166 £4,356 - £7,304
Accommodation: self-catered and ensuite £140 - £200 £6,160 - £8,800
Accommodation: catered (breakfast and evening meal weekdays only) and shared bathroom £136 - £203 £5,984 - £8,932
Accommodation: catered (breakfast and evening meal weekdays only) and ensuite £177 - £206 £7,788 - £9,064
Food (for self-catered) £38 £1,672
Toiletries £15 £660
Laundry £4.90 per wash and dry £215.50
Books and equipment   £504.50
Mobile phone £9 £396
Sport and social costs (not including travel costs) £28 £1,232
Estimated total: self-catered   £9,036 - £13,480
Estimated total: catered   £8,992 - £12,072
  • 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. The published prices are for 2022/23 entry.
  • Some accommodation options also include a TV Licence for communal areas. To watch TV in your bedroom you may need to purchase a TV Licence (tvlicensing.co.uk) which costs £159 per year.

A typical private-sector accommodation contract is 52 weeks, so you will often be paying more for household bills. Some private-sector housing contracts towards the top end will come with bills included.

ItemWeeklyYearly cost
Estimated rent in a shared house including bills and internet (52 weeks) £110 - £238 £5,720 - £12,376
Estimated rent in a shared house without bills (52 weeks) £73 - £135 £3,796 - £7,020
Household bills (52 weeks) £20 £1,040
Food (40 weeks) £38 £1,520
Toiletries (40 weeks) £15 £600
Internet and landline (52 weeks) £6.25 £325
Books and equipment   £494.50
Mobile phone (40 weeks) £9 £360
Contents insurance   from £29
Total estimated cost   £8,164.50 - £16,744.50
  • 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.
  • Most letting agent fees are now banned in the UK, including administration fees for when you start a tenancy. Find out more about letting agent fees for tenants (shelter.org.uk).
  • To watch TV you may need to buy a TV Licence (tvlicensing.co.uk) which costs £159 per year.
  • If you live off campus beyond walking or cycling distance you will need to allow for travel expenses.

These estimates are based on prices in September 2022. The cost of living is likely to change in future. You should always check which bills are included with your rent and consider how much bills will cost if they aren't included.

ItemEstimated cost
Bus fare (campus to town single) £2
Bus fare 20 ticket pass £20
Cinema ticket £5.99 - £14
York Student Cinema £4
Taxi (campus to town) £9.00
Sport Centre membership (monthly)

£26

Sport Village membership (monthly)

£30 - £35

Sport club membership £10 to £20
Student society membership from £4
Coffee on campus £2.30
Pint of lager on campus from £3
Glass of wine on campus from £3.10
Nightclub entry

£5

Student tips

Third Year English student Annabel shares her top three tips for student budgeting and managing your money at uni.

Further information

Most UK students coming to university for the first time are entitled to government support for living costs.

Food

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

Looking to save some money on food? We're currently running a variety of promotions across campus, including sandwiches for £1.50 and hot meals under £3.95. Find out more on our promotions page.

Course-specific costs

For some courses there may be additional costs such as travel to and from field trips and exhibitions. To find out if you'll need to cover additional costs see the relevant course page or contact the relevant department.

International students

If you require a Student (formerly Tier 4) visa to study in the UK you may need to show you have a certain amount of money to meet your living costs. You'll need to pay for your visa application as well as an Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) (estimated at £470 per year).

The charges vary depending on whether you're applying from inside or outside the UK. Use the Immigration Health Surcharge tool (gov.uk) to check how much you will have to pay.

You may also wish to budget for travel insurance (for flight delays, lost luggage etc). You can find tools online to help give you an indication of the cost.

Students with children

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

You should expect to pay around £176 to £217 per week (excluding utility bills) for University-owned family accommodation, or £950 to £1755 per month (excluding utility bills) for a two to three bed private rented property.

We also have a small campus nursery with costs starting from £48.23 per child for a full day. If you decide to hire a childminder they usually charge around £4 per child per hour.

Finding a part-time job

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

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

The cost of living crisis is affecting everyone. For more specific advice on what support is available for students during this difficult time, visit the Cost of Living Hub.

Living costs for future years

The costs on this page are current estimates for 2023 entry. When planning your finances for any future years of study, you should allow for an estimated increase in line with the Consumer Price Index.

This page was last updated in September 2022.