Cost of living


Managing your money is one of the most important things you will learn as a student.

Knowing that your finances are under control will allow you to relax and enjoy your time at Worcester.

For UK students, your student loanscholarship or part-time job will support you while you are at university.

Learning costs

Tuition fees and everyday expenses

Tuition fees and living costs are the main areas to consider when allocating your finances.

You will need to buy things you may have taken for granted at home (such as food and washing powder) and it’s wise to think about all these issues when devising your budget.

  • Books – you won’t need to buy all the books on your reading list, just the core texts. Remember the Library has an excellent collection of books.
  • Vital equipment and materials - the University has excellent facilities, computer access for all students and your academic lecturers will let you know of the best place to buy any extra equipment.
  • Attending compulsory field trips or placements – you might have to pay for transport and/or accommodation.  

Living costs

Reasonable living costs in Worcester

The cost of living in Worcester is comparatively very reasonable.  Rent and many other costs are lower than larger cities. The proximity of our campuses and halls of residence to each other and to the city centre means that you won’t need spend additional money on transportation.

If you require a car, there are spaces available for on campus parking. View our car parking charges.

  • Rent – Many first year students choose to live in halls of residence. For more information about living in Halls and private accommodation costs, visit our Accommodation section.
  • Deposit - if you are in privately rented accommodation, you will probably need to pay a deposit. This is usually about the same amount as a month's rent, and will be returned to you at the end of your stay. Your landlord can deduct money from your deposit if there is damage to the property, unpaid rent, etc.
  • Bills - if you are in privately rented accommodation, you will need to pay towards utility bills (electricity, gas, telephone, etc - around £10-15 per week). You won’t have to pay council tax as long as everyone in your house is a student.

International costs

If you are an international student, you should consider your funds before you apply for a visa. Make you have enough funds to cover your tuition and living costs for the duration of your course. You must be able to prove that you have sufficient funds to be able cover the cost of your course and your stay in the UK. One option is to provide an official letter from a sponsor stating that they will cover all of your fees and living costs for the duration of your course.

A guide to budgeting

Suggested budgets

For an undergraduate student living on the University campus for the 38 week academic year, a student will need in the region of £6,000 to £7,500 to cover living expenses.

  • Rent - University accommodation ranges from £102 to £165 per week.
  • Food – everyone’s got to eat and drink. It depends on what you buy, but budget for about £25 per week.  
  • Clothes – Remember you can use your NUS Extra card to get discounts throughout the city’s shopping centres. It can be useful to set aside a monthly allowance for personal spending.
  • Socialising – there are lots of clubs and societies that you can join at the Students' Union and there are many student nights at the University and at various venues in the city.  
  • Don’t forget your mobile phone bill too! Make a note of other necessary monthly costs, such as gym memberships and online subscriptions and factor these into your budget.

You can use the Uni Aid calculator to help build your budget.