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Fees and living costs

Female student reading a book in Cardiff city centre.

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 for Study Abroad programmes 2019/20

Arts-based subjects 
Full year£14,985
Single semester£7,493
Science-based subjects 
Full year£18,855
Single semester£9,428

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 to fees@cardiff.ac.uk 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.

Additional fees

A small number of modules will have additional fees attached, which students must pay if they select these courses. This applies to all students, including incoming International Exchange students who will not pay standard tuition fees.

Examples include courses in our School of Earth and Ocean Sciences (where modules may require a field trip fee) or our School of Music (where modules may carry fees for music lessons).

Living costs

In addition to your tuition fees, we estimate that a single student living in University accommodation is likely to need an average of £8,996 for a full academic year or £4,498 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.

When you become a student at Cardiff University, you get a student card which entitles you to discounts in many shops and restaurants. You can also use it to apply for travel discount cards like a rail card or coach card.

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 university cities

Cardiff came second in the 2018 Natwest Student Living Index of the most cost-effective university cities in the UK. The Index was based on student income, monthly expenditure and life balance.

The table below, taken from the 2017 Natwest Student Living Index, compares weekly rental costs across the UK. You can see that Cardiff is one of the more affordable UK locations.

CityTotal
Belfast£324.96
Dundee£362.82
Hull£372.18
Cardiff£384.23
Stirling£396.79
Swansea£398.03
Norwich£401.15
Newcastle£402.76
Sheffield£415.26
Liverpool£416.61
Poole£421.18
Aberdeen£421.51
Nottingham£422.09
Leeds£423.35
Manchester£425.92
Glasgow£433.91
Canterbury£435.06
Plymouth£443.87
UK average£448.00
Leicester£448.14
Edinburgh£449.66
York£455.11
Portsmouth£463.53
Aberystwyth£472.88
Coventry£474.33
Southampton£474.70
Durham£477.33
Oxford£490.96
Bristol£492.53
Cambridge£501.78
Reading£501.84
Brighton£502.11
Birmingham£502.35
St. Andrews£509.44
Exeter£559.94
London£584.32

Source: Natwest Student Living Index 2017