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 undergraduate year is 40 weeks.

The estimated annual living costs are between £7,624 and £9,665.

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University accommodation

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

ItemWeeklyYearly cost (40 weeks)
Accommodation: self-catered  £106 to £153 £4,240 to £6,120
Accommodation: catered £142 to £179 £5,680 to £7,160

Food (for self-catered)

£32 £1,280

Toiletries and household items

£7 £280
Laundry (£4 per wash and dry) £4 to £8 £160 - £320
Books and equipment - £475
Social and sporting activity £23 £920
College membership fee (maximum cost over three years)
- £30
Mobile phone £6 £240
Total: self-catered - £7,625 to £9,665
Total: catered -

£7,785 to £9,425

  • 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 2017/18 entry.
  • Some accommodation options also include a TV Licence for communal areas. If you'd like to watch live or catch up BBC TV in your bedroom you will need to purchase a TV Licence (£145.50 per year). 
Private-rented accommodation

A typical private-sector accommodation contract is 52 weeks, so you will often be paying more for household bills.

ItemWeeklyYearly cost
Rent (52 weeks) £70 to £85 £3,640 to £4,420
Household bills (52 weeks) £14 £728
Internet and landline (52 weeks) £4 £208
Contents insurance   £22
Mobile phone (40 weeks) £6 £240
Food (40 weeks)
£32 £1,280
Toiletries, household items and laundry (40 weeks) £12 £480
Books / equipment (40 weeks) - £475
Social and sporting activity (40 weeks) £23 £920

College membership fee (maximum amount over three years)

- £30
Total estimated cost £8,023 - £8,803
  • 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 £145.50 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.
Estimated social costs
ItemEstimated cost
Bus fare (campus to town return) £2
Bus fare weekly pass £10 per week
Cinema ticket £5.70 to £10.50
York Student Cinema £3
Taxi (campus to town) £6 to £7
Sport Centre membership from £23 per month
Sport club membership from £20 per year
Student society membership £4
Coffee on campus £2.45
Pint of lager on campus £2.50 
Glass of wine on campus £2.60
Nightclub entry £3 to £5

Further information

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


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

College fee

A fee of £10 per year (up to a maximum of £30 for a course lasting three years or more) is payable by all full-time students.

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 contact the relevant 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.

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.

Finding a part-time job

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

Student Financial Support
+44 (0) 1904 324043

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