Cost of Living in UK for International Students in 2024

Cost of Living in UK for International Students in 2024

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Priya Garg
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Mar 19, 2024 12:18 IST

Cost of Living in the UK 2024: The cost of living in the UK for Indian students is more than the average cost of living in any of the Indian cities. Indian students opting to pursue their higher education abroad must match their budget and the total cost of living and study in the city abroad beforehand making the great move. For this reason, we have come up with this blog with details on the average cost of living in the UK, 2024. 

Cost of Living for International Students in UK

With the increasing living costs in the UK, international students have to be mindful of their expenses. As far as living expenses in the UK are concerned, these costs will vary greatly depending on your lifestyle, spending habits, and budget. The cost of living in the UK per month is given below. You can calculate your estimated costs based on how long you will be in the UK, using the cost of living calculator. Note that the average cost of living in the UK is around £12,000 per year.

On the other hand, the average cost of student accommodation in the UK is around £547 for a month if you are not spending too much on your accommodation. London is one of the most expensive cities in the world. The cost of living in London for Indian students is higher than in the rest of the UK. However, there are cheap universities in the UK for international students that cost less than the previously mentioned amount. You can check out some of the Cheapest Accommodation in London for International Students here.

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How much is the Cost of Living in the UK?

Check the detailed account of the cost of living in the UK from the table given below. 


Monthly Costs


£500 - £700


£100 - £200

Gas and electricity




Mobile phone




Stationery and textbooks

£20 - £40


£50 - £75

Travel (buses, trams, and trains)

£30 - £40

Movie ticket


Dinner at restaurant


(Note: Charges may vary from city to city)

Cost of Studies in UK

For international students to study in the UK, the undergraduate tuition fee is around £10,000 - £38,000 per year for full-time courses. Note that the higher range is for medical degrees at the best colleges. For masters in the UK for Indian students, the average tuition fees of full-time programs range from £9,000 - £30,000 per year. For laboratory and research-based programs, average annual fees stand at £14,000 - £15,000. For medical degrees, the average figure is £22,200 and it can go up to £52,000.

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UK Visa and Immigration require you to have a budget of £1,334 per month or up to a maximum of 9 months or £12,006 to study in London. This amount is in addition to the tuition fees. This is the minimum amount you need to show to get a visa to study in London. For other places in the UK, the amount will be lesser. If you study at colleges outside London, you will require a minimum amount of £1,023 per month or up to a maximum of 9 months or £9207 as requested by UK Visa and Immigration. Going to study in London? Check out the Cost of Living in London for Students.

Cost of Living in UK FAQs

Q. Is Canada or UK cheaper for international students?

A. The UK is home to a number of world's best universities and is stepping up its game to benefit international students once they are done with their graduation. On the other hand, Canada has lower overall living and study costs and has provided international students with flexible post-study work opportunities. 

Q. What is the average cost of living in UK?

A. The average cost of living in UK for international students is around £12,000 - £15,600 per year. The cost of living in UK includes factors like accommodation, food and groceries, household bills, transportation, entertainment, etc. 

Q. Which city of the UK is best for international students?

A. According to the QS best studies cities 2023 rankings, London is the best city for international students. Some of the other top cities in the UK for international students include Edinburgh, Manchester, Glasgow, Coventry, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Nottingham, etc. 

Q. Can international students stay in the UK after completing their graduation?

A. Yes, a graduate visa gives you permission to stay in the UK for at least 2 years once you complete your course in the UK. With a graduate work visa, you can work for most jobs, look for work, be self-employed, do voluntary work, etc. 

Q. Is UK a great place to study for international students?

A. Undoubtedly, UK is a great place for international students. The universities situated there offer quality education. However, to survive in UK, you must keep some tips in mind such as improving your fluency in English, searching for an affordable accommodation, looking for a part-time job, learning about the transport system, being receptive of the weather challenges, etc. 

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2 months ago

Good deep research on this cost of living in the UK. I can understand that a single person needs at least 1000 Euro per month to lead a decent life in the UK. Accommodation occupies major cost in the UK. From Classiblogger.

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Hari joshi

a year ago

I want to pursue undergraduate (hotel management) course in uk .can i pay 2nd year fee by myself? I am now 19 years old?

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Aprant Agarwal

a year ago

Hello. It is advisable that you arrange funds for complete course as with part-time work won't you might not be able to pay his complete tuition fee.

Shaveta Vasudev

2 years ago

What is the average cost per month for living in London in a shared accommodation (2 people living in small flat).

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Piyush Kohli

2 years ago

Hi Shaveta, international student needs to have a budget of at least £1,265 per month for staying in London, so, you need approx. £200 to £300 per week to live in or around London.


Sagar A M

2 years ago

Hi, am interested in studying about gems and goldsmith courses, which university is best please suggest me Thank you

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Smriti N

2 years ago

Hi, my son is interested in University of Greenwich to pursue Computer science. What is your take on this please.

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Piyush Kohli

2 years ago

Hi Smriti, please go through the below URL and learn more about the University of Greenwich and also check the requirements for CS course: