University of Birmingham Living
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 costs||Amount (£)|
|University-owned halls pre-payment||£550|
|Private shared house deposit||Usually a month’s rent in advance|
|Bedding pack (single/double)*||£30-40|
* 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
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 Costs||Catered Halls||Self Catered Halls||Private House|
|Gas & Electric||Included||Included||£9|
The following costs are variable and the weekly amount may depend on your available budget and individual circumstances:
|Variable Living Costs||Average cost per week|
*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.
In addition to any costs associated with your course or programme of study, there are other costs that you are likely to incur as a student at the University of Birmingham. This is not an exhaustive list however, it is useful for you to be aware of the types of things you may have to pay for.
- Printing – in the majority of cases, course work and assessments can be submitted online. Some students may be required to submit work in a printed format.
- Books – a wide range of resources, including most core texts, are available in the library. However, you may be required to or prefer to buy your own copy of key text books
- PCs and laptops – PCs and laptops are available on campus in IT clusters. However, you may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in University halls of residences
- Graduation – there are costs associated with hiring your gown for your degree ceremony