Fees and living costs
Cardiff is one of the more affordable of the traditional university cities, meaning you will have more to spend exploring the UK and Europe.
Tuition fees 2016/17
If a sponsor is paying your fees
If your home university or study abroad provider is paying your tuition or housing fees, all we require is a letter of confirmation from them so that we can produce and send an invoice.
This letter can be sent or emailed to us and must:
- be on official headed paper
- provide confirmation that fees are to be paid on behalf of the student
- include the student’s name
- provide full contact details of the invoice recipient
- be signed by the university or the study abroad provider representative.
In addition to your tuition fees, we estimate that a single student living in University accommodation is likely to need an average of £7,841 for a full academic year or £3,921 for one semester.
Students who are on a budget can live on less if they wish to do so. The minimum cost of living as recommended by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) for studying outside London is £1,015 per month.
These estimates include accommodation, food, books, clothes, travel, telephone and social expenses.
Our living costs calculator can help you decide what your average living costs would look like based on international student expenditure at Cardiff University.
Some other advantages of coming to Cardiff include:
- It is a compact city and the University is in the middle – so you won't have far to travel between the University, city centre shops and your accommodation.
- It is is also very flat, making it easy to walk or cycle around. Many buses and taxis operate in the city and are very reasonably priced.
If you have any questions regarding finance, please contact our Student Support Service.
Comparisons with other universities
The table below compares the cost of living for first-year students at universities. It includes weekly essentials, rent and travel. You can see that Cardiff is one of the more affordable locations – much cheaper than London.
|University of Leicester||196.47|
|University of Nottingham||207.13|
|University of Cardiff||227.10|
|University of Southampton||228.50|
|University of Bristol||230.99|
|The University of Edinburgh||235.03|
|University of Liverpool||235.40|
|University of Leeds||236.40|
|University of Plymouth||240.78|
|University of Sheffield||243.55|
|University of Glasgow||244.25|
|University of Kent (Canterbury)||247.05|
|The University of Cambridge||247.75|
|University of Newcastle||248.08|
|University of Warwick (Coventry)||255.23|
|University of Manchester||262.48|
|University of Birmingham||289.43|
|University of Sussex (Brighton)||291.95|
|The University of Oxford||310.95|
Source: HSBC living cost table - August 2014