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Top 5 most affordable student cities in the UK

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As a soon-to-be international student, the UK might not be the first option that springs into your mind when it comes to affordable study destinations. Well, let me tell you that the UK can be inexpensive, too. While the capital might be indeed a pricey place to live in as a student, compared to affordable student cities, there’s more to the UK than London and there are plenty of cities where you can live on a budget even in Great Britain.

Here you have the top 5 most affordable student cities in the UK, along with the average expenses for accommodation, food and leisure.

1. Belfast

Top 5 affordable student cities - Belfast

The capital of Northern Ireland is considered to be the student-friendliest alternative in terms of living costs according to the 2015 The Times Higher Education Student Living Index. This enticing port city doesn’t usually count among the usual suspects in the media in terms of potential study/travel destinations, but we assure you it’s definitely worth your attention. According to the Queen’s University in Belfast, here’s what you should expect when it comes to various costs:
University accommodation/week: £109
Average weekly rent: £46,22
Average weekly travel costs: £12,90
Average weekly grocery shop: £16,13
Cinema ticket: £3 (bargain Monday ticket at Odeon), £4,30 (standard student fee)
Eating out: £12,95

2. Southampton

Top 5 affordable student cities - Southampton

The second most affordable city in the UK according to the same top is about 20% cheaper than London, and generally speaking, cheaper than other cities in the south of Great Britain. The University of Southampton has conducted a research asking its students about the money they spend on average on various student-life-related expenses. Here’s what they found:
University accommodation/private accommodation/year: £3, 840
Average annual travel costs: £360
Average annual grocery shop: £1, 680
Cinema ticket: £5-£10
Eating out: £6 (for a pub lunch)

3. Nottingham

Top 5 affordable student cities - Nottingham

Along tuition fees, you will need an average of £8,000 a year to live in Nottingham as a student, which makes it an affordable student city alternative in the UK and secures Nottingham the 3rd place in the 2015 The Times Higher Education Student Living Index. So here’s what you should expect in terms of costs:
University accommodation/week: £80-£130
Private accommodation/week (bills included): £80-£170
Average weekly travel costs: £15
Average weekly grocery shop: £40 (if you cook at home)
Cinema ticket: £5-£10
Eating out: £10-£15

4. Edinburgh

Top 5 affordable student cities - Edinburgh

No wonder that the capital of Scotland attracts more and more international students every year. Affordable living and high quality study programmes seem to be the recipe for success for this picturesque city. Here are the detailed living costs according to a survey conducted by The University of Edinburgh:
Accommodation/month: £360 (lower range) till up to £700 (higher range)
Average monthly travel costs: £45
Average monthly grocery shop: £140 (if you cook at home)
Cinema ticket: £6-£9
Eating out: £7-£10 (restaurant lunch), £12-£20 (restaurant dinner)

5. Manchester

Top 5 affordable student cities - Manchester

If you want to enjoy the big city life in the UK on a budget, Manchester is probably the most suitable option for you as an affordable student city. The University of Manchester has estimated the average student living costs based on a survey among its students and here are the findings:
Self catered accommodation/year: £4,995
Private accommodation/week (bills included): £80-£170
Average annual travel costs: £450
Average annual grocery shop: £1,525 (if you cook at home)
Cinema ticket: £6-£12
Eating out: £10-£15 (pub lunch)

So, are you now convinced that the UK can be an option to take into account? If so, why not browse the QS Courses Directory and find your dream study programme in the UK. Taking into account the quality of the educational system, it is definitely a choice you won’t regret. Good luck!
Remember that if you need accommodation in any of these cities, Uniplaces has rooms in Nottingham and Manchester!

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