Living costs

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

The information on this page is in the process of being updated. The international (outside EU) living costs shown are for 2017/18. The UK/EU living costs are for 2015/16 and should be used for guidance only. Additionally our University Residence pages contain prices for 2016/17 on the respective page for each residence and again should be used for guidance only.


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Estimated living costs for UK/EU undergraduate in University accommodation
ItemPer weekPer monthPer year (271 days)
Rent (including bills)87.82381.863400.00
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
Total189.57824.297339.18
Estimated living costs for UK/EU undergraduates in private accommodation
ItemPer weekPer monthPer year (271 days)
Rent65.00282.632516.43
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
Total174.50758.756755.64
Estimated living costs for undergraduates from outside the UK/EU in University accommodation
ItemPer monthPer year (271 days)
Rent (including bills)4994,710
Food1241,116
Books - start of term costs36328
Social1411,275
Clothes39351
Laundry and toiletries32293
Travel50455
Mobile24220
Total9478,749
Estimated living costs for undergraduates from outside the UK/EU in private accommodation
ItemPer monthPer year (271 days)
Rent3032,741
Bills - TV, Internet, Gas, Electric and Water81731
Food1241,116
Books - start of term costs36328
Social1411,275
Clothes39351
Laundry and toiletries32293
Travel50455
Telephone/mobile24220
Total8317,511
Estimated living costs for UK/EU postgraduates living in University accommodation
ItemPer monthPer year (359 days)
Rent (including bills)434.705201.91
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 EU living in University accommodation
ItemPer monthPer year (359 days)
Rent (including bills)5216,239
Food1001,193
Books - start of term costs27329
Social1321,575
Clothes39468
Laundry and toiletries33391
Travel50604
Mobile24292
Total92711,092
Estimated living costs for postgraduates from outside the EU living in private accommodation
ItemPer monthPer year (359 days)
Rent3053,655
Bills - TV, internet, gas, electric, water81975
Food1001,193
Books - start of term costs27329
Social1321,575
Clothes39468
Laundry and toiletries33391
Travel50604
Mobile24292
Total7929,482

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.