University of Birmingham Living

University of Birmingham Living

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Living costs

If you are planning to become a student at Birmingham, tuition fees and living costs are the main areas to consider when allocating your finances.

Accommodation forms a large proportion of your budget, therefore, you should choose a residence carefully which suits your financial circumstances. More information about the cost of University-owned accommodation can be found via Living.

If you are an international student, you should ensure you have enough funds to cover your tuition fees and living costs for the duration of your course before applying for a visa. If you cannot provide an official letter from a sponsor stating they will cover all of your fees and living costs, you must be able to prove you have access to sufficient funds yourself. For more information, please visit the UKCISA website.

One-off initial costs

The following are a number of initial one-off costs you may need to pay up front:

One-off initial costsAmount (£)
University-owned halls pre-payment£550
Private shared house depositUsually a month’s rent in advance
Bedding pack (single/double)*£30-40
Police Registration**£34
TV Licence£145.50

* Bedding packs are available to purchase from your Accommodation site office
**Basic possessions insurance is included in all University-owned accommodation
***For international students, this might be a condition of your visa

Essential costs

The following are a number of essential weekly costs to be factored into your budget to cover basic living needs (based over a 42 week academic session):

Essential Living CostsCatered HallsSelf Catered HallsPrivate House
Rent £175£140£100
Gas & Electric IncludedIncluded£9
Water IncludedIncluded£3
Food Included£50£50
Toiletries £3£3£3
Laundry £5£5£5
Weekly Total £183£198£170
Annual Total £7,686£8,316£7,140

Variable costs

The following costs are variable and the weekly amount may depend on your available budget and individual circumstances:

Variable Living CostsAverage cost per week
Course costs£18
Mobile Phone£2
Weekly Total£106
Annual Total£4,452

*Wi-fi connection is included in the cost of University-owned accommodation

Additional Course Costs

Some degree programmes may require you to cover the cost of additional activities (for example field trips).  Where this is the case it will be indicated on the relevant course finder page.