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Living costs

Cardiff has been named one of the most affordable of all the UK's university cities.

Cardiff came second in the Natwest Student Living Index 2023 which accounts for factors such as how much students spend on going out to income through part-time work.

See how far your money goes by using our simple living costs calculator. The living costs shown are estimates for 2023/24.


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Estimated living costs for UK/EU undergraduate in University accommodation - based on an en-suite room in Talybont South (39 week contract)

The figures in this section are calculated over 39 weeks/9 months to give an idea of living costs for the majority of students who live in halls of residence. There are exceptions to this, if you will not be living in university halls of residence then view the average costs outlined under ‘private’ accommodation.
ItemPer month (calculated over 9 months)Per year (39 weeks)
Rent including bills613.665,522.98
Food, toiletries and laundry**255.542,299.83
Study costs (books and copying)*17.00153.00
Socialising and leisure*153.011,377.09
Clothes*35.00315.00
Travel in the UK33.67303.00
Mobile phone* and TV licence*** (assuming a TV license is bought for each bedroom)31.25281.25
Total1,139.1310,252.15
Rental costs for private accommodation
A private housing contract is normally for a minimum of 12 months. The average rent cost included has been calculated from a search of local agents for a 4 bedroom shared house. Costs are correct as of September 2023.
ItemPer monthPer year (52 weeks)
Rent in private sector450.005,400.00
Utility bills (gas, electricity, water and broadband)64.00768.00
Food, toiletries and laundry**255.543,066.44
Study costs (books and copying)*17.00204.00
Socialising and leisure*153.011,836.12
Clothes*35.00420.00
Travel in the UK25.25303.00
Telephone/mobile* and TV licence***
(assuming one TV licence for the house)
21.32255.84
Total1,021.1212,253.40
Estimated living costs for undergraduates from outside the UK/EU in University accommodation - based on an en-suite room in Talybont South (39 week contract)

The figures in this section are calculated over 39 weeks/9 months to give an idea of living costs for the majority of students who live in halls of residence. There are exceptions to this, if you will not be living in university halls of residence then view the average costs outlined under ‘private’ accommodation.
ItemPer month (calculated over 9 months)Per year (39 weeks)
Rent including bills613.665,522.98
Food, toiletries and laundry**255.542,299.83
Study costs (books and copying)*17.00153.00
Socialising and leisure*153.011,377.09
Clothes*35.00315.00
Travel in the UK33.67303.00
Mobile phone* and TV licence*** (assuming a TV license is bought for each bedroom)31.25281.25
Total1,139.1310,252.15
Rental costs for private accommodation
A private housing contract is normally for a minimum of 12 months. The average rent cost included has been calculated from a search of local agents for a 4 bedroom shared house. Costs are correct as of September 2023.
ItemPer monthPer year (52 weeks)
Rent in private sector450.005,400.00
Utility bills (gas, electricity, water and broadband)64.00768.00
Food, toiletries and laundry**255.543,066.44
Study costs (books and copying)*17.00204.00
Socialising and leisure*153.011,836.12
Clothes*35.00420.00
Travel in the UK25.25303.00
Telephone/mobile* and TV licence***
(assuming one TV licence for the house)
21.32255.94
Total1,021.1212,253.40
Estimated living costs for UK/EU postgraduates living in University accommodation - based on an en-suite room in Talybont Court
ItemPer monthPer year (52 weeks except Halls cost which is 51 weeks)
Rent including bills
(calculated over 51 weeks)
618.007,427.71
Food, toiletries and laundry**255.543,066.44
Study costs (books and copying)*17.00204.00
Socialising and leisure*153.011,836.12
Clothes*35.00420.00
Travel in the UK25.25303.00
Mobile phone* and TV licence*** (assuming a TV license is bought for each bedroom)21.32255.84
Total1,126.0913,513.11
Rental costs for private accommodation
A private housing contract is normally for a minimum of 12 months. The average rent cost included has been calculated from a search of local agents for a 4 bedroom shared house. Costs are correct as of September 2023.
ItemPer monthPer year (52 weeks)
Rent in private sector450.005,400.00
Utility bills (gas, electricity, water and broadband)64.00768.00
Food, toiletries and laundry**255.543,066.44
Study costs (books and copying)*17.00204.00
Socialising and leisure*153.011,836.12
Clothes*35.00420.00
Travel in the UK25.25303.00
Telephone/mobile* and TV license*** (assuming one TV license for the house)21.32255.84
Total1,021.1212,253.40
Estimated living costs for postgraduates from outside the UK/EU living in University accommodation - based on an en-suite room in Talybont Court
ItemPer monthPer year (52 weeks except Halls cost which is 51 weeks)
Rent including bills
(calculated over 51 weeks)
618.987,427.71
Food, toiletries and laundry**255.543,066.44
Study costs (books and copying)*17.00204.00
Socialising and leisure*153.011,836.12
Clothes*35.00420.00
Travel in the UK25.25303.00
Mobile phone* and TV licence*** (assuming a TV license is bought for each bedroom)21.32255.84
Total1,126.0913,513.11
Rental costs for private accommodation
A private housing contract is normally for a minimum of 12 months. The average rent cost included has been calculated from a search of local agents for a 4 bedroom shared house. Costs are correct as of September 2023.
ItemPer monthPer year (52 weeks)
Rent in private sector450.005,400.00
Utility bills (gas, electricity, water and broadband)64.00768.00
Food, toiletries and laundry**255.543,066.44
Study costs (books and copying)*17.00204.00
Socialising and leisure*153.011,836.12
Clothes*35.00420.00
Travel in the UK25.25303.00
Telephone/mobile* and TV license*** (assuming one TV license for the house)21.32255.84
Total1,021,1212,253.40

* Figures taken from the Student Living Costs in the UK 2023
** Figures taken from The Food Foundation and Laundry Services
*** Figures taken from TV Licensing

Important legal information

This tool is intended to give you an example of living costs 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 £1,023 per month. To pass the maintenance test for your student visa, you will have to show you have money for the cost of your first year tuition fees and living costs of £9,207.

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