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Cardiff is one of the most affordable cities in the UK. See how far your money goes by using our simple living costs calculator.

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Item Per week Per month Per year
(271 days)
Rent (including bills) 87.82 381.86 3400.00
Food 33.00 143.49 1277.57
Books and copying 8.75 38.05 338.75
Social 30.00 130.44 1161.43
Clothes 7.50 32.61 290.36
Laundry and toiletries 5.00 21.74 193.57
Travel 9.00 39.13 348.43
Telephone/mobile and TV licence (assuming a TV licence for each bedroom is bought) 8.50 36.96 329.07
Total 189.57 824.29 7339.18
Item Per week Per month Per year
(271 days)
Rent 65.00 282.63 2516.43
Bills 12.50 54.35 483.93
Food 33.00 143.49 1277.57
Books and copying 8.75 38.05 338.75
Social 30.00 130.44 1161.43
Clothes 7.50 32.61 290.36
Laundry and toiletries (as no laundrette costs in houses) 3.75 16.31 145.18
Travel 9.00 39.13 348.43
Telephone/mobile and TV licence (assuming one TV licence for the house is paid for) 5.00 21.74 193.57
Total 174.50 758.75 6755.64
Item Per month Per year
(271 days)
Rent (including bills) 434.70 3926.79
Food 120 1084
Books - start of term costs 35.40 319
Social 137 1238.47
Clothes 31.50 284.55
Laundry and toiletries 31.50 284.55
Travel 30 271.00
Mobile 21.30 192.41
Total 846.30 7,644.91

Please note that these figures represent the average cost of living in Cardiff. Students who are on a budget can live on less if they wish to do so. The minimum cost of living as recommended by UKBA for studying outside London is £820 per month. To pass the maintenance test for your Tier 4 student visa, you will have to show you have money for the cost of your 1st year tuition fees and living costs of £7,380.

Item Per month Per year
(271 days)
Rent 297.60 2,688.32
Bills - TV, Internet, Gas, Electric and Water 78.90 712.73
Food 120 1084
Books - start of term costs 35.40 319.78
Social 137.10 1238.47
Clothes 36.30 327.91
Laundry and toiletries 44.40 401.08
Travel 48.90 441.73
Telephone/mobile 21.30 192.41
Total 819.90 7406.43

Please note that these figures represent the average cost of living in Cardiff. Students who are on a budget can live on less if they wish to do so. The minimum cost of living as recommended by UKBA for studying outside London is £820 per month. To pass the maintenance test for your Tier 4 student visa, you will have to show you have money for the cost of your 1st year tuition fees and living costs of £7,380.

Item Per month Per year
(359 days)
Rent (including bills) 434.70 5201.91
Food 120 1159.88
Books - start of term costs 80 320
Social 128 1529.34
Clothes 27.33 327.91
Laundry and toiletries 26.10 312.33
Travel 40.50 484.65
Mobile phone 20 236.94
Total 703.24 9572.96
Item Per month Per year
(359 days)
Rent 297.54 3561.28
Bills - gas, water, electric, TV, internet 71.10 850.83
Food 120 1159.88
Books - start of term costs 80 320
Social 128 1529.34
Clothes 27.33 327.91
Laundry and toiletries (as no laundrette costs in houses) 26.10 312.33
Travel 40.50 484.65
Mobile phone 20 236.94
Total 703.24 8783.16
Item Per month Per year
(359 days)
Rent (including bills) 434.70 5201.91
Food 96.65 1159.88
Books - start of term costs 27.40 320
Social 127.80 1529.34
Clothes 27.33 327.91
Laundry and toiletries 26.10 312.33
Travel 40.50 485
Mobile 19.80 236.94
Total 800.28 9573.31

Please note that these figures represent the average cost of living in Cardiff. Students who are on a budget can live on less if they wish to do so. The minimum cost of living as recommended by UKBA for studying outside London is £820 per month. To pass the maintenance test for your Tier 4 student visa, you will have to show you have money for the cost of your 1st year tuition fees and living costs of £7,380.

Item Per month Per year
(359 days)
Rent 297.60 3561.28
Bills - TV, internet, gas, electric, water 71.10 850.83
Food 96.63 1159.88
Books - start of term costs 27.40 320
Social 127.80 1529.34
Clothes 28.50 341.91
Laundry and toiletries 26.10 312.33
Travel 40.50 484.65
Mobile 20 236.94
Total 735.63 8797.16

Please note that these figures represent the average cost of living in Cardiff. Students who are on a budget can live on less if they wish to do so. The minimum cost of living as recommended by UKBA for studying outside London is £820 per month. To pass the maintenance test for your Tier 4 student visa, you will have to show you have money for the cost of your 1st year tuition fees and living costs of £7,380.

Please note: all living costs are estimated.

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