The cheapest cities in the UK for students to live in 2022 

The cheapest cities in the UK for students to live in 2022 

As almost everyone will tell you, the university years are likely to be the best of your life. But as it stands, student living is almost always a consistent financial burden, and it can feel like deciding to go to university is the same as deciding to place your neck at the mercy of a mechanical, monetary axe. Luckily, there are always decisions you can take to relieve yourself of some of that burden if you’re (rightly) not willing to completely pull the plug on your bank account – the first of these is choosing the city you want to study in. If you’re thinking about going to uni, or even if you’re already at uni and just want to put your mind at ease, here’s a list of the ten cheapest cities in the UK for students to live in in 2022.

10. Manchester

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First, the essentials: Manchester university’s self-catered accommodation can range in price from £4,460 to £6,895 a year. More importantly, though, a friend of mine who studies in Manchester boasted an envy-inducing £1.80 for a double vodka lemonade. If that doesn’t tempt you, I don’t know what will…

9. Leicester

Leicester’s official website puts the monthly cost of student living at roughly £1000 – monthly, accommodation will want about £650, while food shopping averages at about £100 and transport at about £58.

8. Nottingham

Leaving some leeway above and below, the average monthly rent in Nottingham is £660. Then again, the rent for student accommodation in Nottingham depends on the proximity of the city centre, and like with all accommodation costs, they can really vary.

7. Durham

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The average cost of living in Durham doesn’t fall far from the wider national average and might cost weekly anywhere between £90 to £160. Unlike some of the bigger cities on this list, however, proximity to the city centre doesn’t really have to be taken into account – Durham city centre is student dominated, and wherever you choose to live, you won’t be far from wherever you need to be, giving you free rein to choose a house that fits your requirements out of a wider selection. Aside from accommodation, Durham students enjoy pretty low travel fares, for instance. If they could figure out how to spend less money on alcohol, though, it might be higher on the list!

6. Exeter

Living in catered accommodation averages at £233 per week, according to Exeter University’s website. On the other hand, self-catered accommodation at the Devon campus ranges anywhere between £110.88 to £193.41 per week. Their site also says students have to cough up £35 a week for all their social life.

5. Birmingham

 Their website puts the weekly cost to live here at £210 – of that, £150 is for accommodation (self-catered) and £50 for food. But apart from accommodation, all other costs are pretty much variable.

4. Oxford

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 All costs here are estimated to be between £1,215 and £1,755 per month in 2022-23. It leaves a lot of leeway, though, because in most university cities, most purchases can be made deductible.  

3. Glasgow

 On average, Glasgow is 43% cheaper to live in than London (according to Expatisan) – accommodation rounds at about £550 a month. The drinks and food costs, according to a friend, however, are surprisingly low.

2. Cambridge

 Depending on your college, rent in Cambridge will want £120-£200 per week, which might be what makes Cambridge good value for money. That, or the fact the students will rarely leave the library…

1. Sheffield

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 Surprise surprise, Sheffield takes the number one spot, offering students the best value for money overall. Private accommodation can cost a mere £65 a week- Bargain. 

Are you applying to university and are still stuck on where to go?

Well if you need more help deciding, we’ve put a lot of thought into the most important part of uni- the nightlife. Take a look at our Uni Rankings: The UK cities with the cheapest pints revealed.

 

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