Living costs

Cardiff is one of the most affordable cities in the UK.

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

See how far your money goes by using our simple living costs calculator. The living costs shown are for 2018/19.


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Estimated living costs for UK/EU undergraduate in University accommodation - based on an en-suite room in Talybont South
ItemPer weekPer monthPer year (271 days)
Rent (including bills)124.26537.004851.00
Food33.00143.491277.57
Books and copying8.7538.05338.75
Social30.00130.441161.43
Clothes7.5032.61290.36
Laundry and toiletries5.0021.74193.57
Travel9.0039.13348.43
Telephone/mobile and TV licence (assuming a TV licence for each bedroom is bought)8.5036.96329.07
Total207.01863.478149.68
Estimated living costs for UK/EU undergraduates in private accommodation
ItemPer weekPer monthPer year (271 days)
Rent75.00300.003000.00
Bills12.5054.35483.93
Food33.00143.491277.57
Books and copying8.7538.05338.75
Social30.00130.441161.43
Clothes7.5032.61290.36
Laundry and toiletries (as no laundrette costs in houses)3.7516.31145.18
Travel9.0039.13348.43

Telephone/mobile and TV licence
(assuming one TV licence for the house is paid for)

5.0021.74193.57
Total184.50776.127289.22
Estimated living costs for undergraduates from outside the UK/EU in University accommodation - based on an en-suite room in Talybont South
ItemPer monthPer year (271 days)
Rent (including bills)5374,851
Food1271,145
Books - start of term costs37337
Social1451,309
Clothes40360
Laundry and toiletries33301
Travel52467
Mobile25226
Total9968,996
Estimated living costs for undergraduates from outside the UK/EU in private accommodation - based on average en-suite private accommodation costs
ItemPer monthPer year (271 days)
Rent5404,878
Bills - TV, internet, gas, electric & water30271
Food1271,145
Books - start of term costs37337
Social1451,309
Clothes40360
Laundry and toiletries33301
Travel52467
Mobile25226
Total1,0299,294
Estimated living costs for UK/EU postgraduates living in University accommodation - based on an en-suite room in Talybont South
ItemPer monthPer year (359 days)
Rent (including bills)544.006426.00
Food1201159.88
Books - start of term costs80320
Social1281529.34
Clothes27.33327.91
Laundry and toiletries26.10312.33
Travel40.50484.65
Mobile phone20236.94
Total703.249572.96
Estimated living costs for UK/EU postgraduates living in private accommodation
ItemPer monthPer year (359 days)
Rent297.543561.28
Bills - gas, water, electric, TV, internet71.10850.83
Food1201159.88
Books - start of term costs80320
Social1281529.34
Clothes27.33327.91
Laundry and toiletries (as no laundrette costs in houses)26.10312.33
Travel40.50484.65
Mobile phone20236.94
Total703.248783.16
Estimated living costs for postgraduates from outside the UK/EU living in University accommodation - based on an en-suite room in Talybont South
ItemPer monthPer year (359 days)
Rent (including bills)5446,426
Food1021,224
Books - start of term costs28338
Social1351,616
Clothes40480
Laundry and toiletries34401
Travel52620
Mobile25300
Total96011,405
Estimated living costs for postgraduates from outside the UK/EU living in private accommodation - based on average en-suite private accommodation costs
ItemPer monthPer year (359 days)
Rent5406,462
Bills - TV, internet, gas, electric & water30359
Food1021,224
Books - start of term costs28359
Social1351,616
Clothes40480
Laundry and toiletries34401
Travel52620
Mobile25300
Total98611,800

Important legal information

This tool is intended to give you an example of living cost for a student at University. Actual living costs will vary from student to student.

Please note: all living costs quoted are reasonable estimates but should not be relied upon. It is your responsibility to ensure you have sufficient funds to meet living costs while studying at the University.

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.

International students

The minimum cost of living as recommended by UKVI for studying outside London is £1,015 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 first year tuition fees and living costs of £9,135.