Utility bills (water, gas and electric) in rented accommodation are approximately £50 per month, with mobile phone bills ranging from £10 to £60. Broadband internet costs about £20 per month, however this is usually split between tenants.
Books and university equipment, on average, will cost £15 per week, or £60 per month.
Outside London and other major university cities, an average single bus journey is about £1.50 and £45 a month for a student travel card. Students at central London universities should expect to spend £23 a week on travel (covering London Underground, buses, trams and trains) or £140 a month.
Students also benefit from one-third off travel on regional trains with a 16-25 Railcard. For example, a single adult ticket booked on the day of travel from London to Brighton (a popular day trip destination) is £17.50, or £11.50 with a student railcard. On average, a litre of petrol costs £1.16, while a litre of diesel is £1.18.
Including self-catered accommodation, food, course costs, transport, socialising and utility contracts, the average living cost a year for 2016 was £8,990 – amounting to £26,970 across a three-year period.