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Additional and living costs

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We’ve put together a rough guide on the cost of essentials like: rent, bills, food, travel and additional study costs so you can plan ahead (and have more left over for the fun stuff).

Our estimates are based on a living costs survey and existing student expenditure data from a variety of sources, including the National Union of Students (NUS). Please note that these costs are likely to vary significantly depending on your personal needs and wants.

Study costs

Additional costs which may arise as a result of materials and or compulsory field trips connected with your course. We estimate that these costs could be between £100 and £500, but this amount may vary depending upon the range of materials and techniques which you may wish to adopt. You may also choose to go on other field trips or research visits and the costs of these could be between £50 and £150.

Living costs


£130 per week.

There are also a few costs to cover before you move in. Find out more about accommodation.

Household bills

£25 per week or £0 if you're in halls.

You can keep these low with our tips on saving money, spotting deals and student discounts below.

Food and housekeeping

£35 per week.

You can still save by buying cheaper brands and trying to eat out less (we know food in London is hard to resist).

Mobile phone

£6-10 per month.

Many phone networks offer student discounts.


£23 per week.

Students get 30% off on public transport. Sign up at Transport for London (TfL).

Scholarships and benefits

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries with some covering the full cost of tuition and others providing a contribution towards living costs.

Find scholarships

People on low incomes or with specific needs can request Welfare benefits from the United Kingdom (UK) government. Find out more.

Student discounts

Managing your money

Here are some good tools to help you keep track of your funds:

How can we help

If you end up in considerable non-University debt while you’re a student, it is vital that you to seek advice immediately.

The Student Advice Service has specialist regulated Debt Advisers who provide free, confidential and impartial advice and support for non-UAL debts.

They can help with:

  • Manage repayments
  • Regain control over their finances
  • Stop increasing pressure from creditors