Living in Swansea

The cost of living in Swansea is relatively low compared to many other cities in the UK. However it is still vital that any potential student prepares their finances before they attend University. 

On average students studying at Swansea will spend between £6000 and £9000 (over 40 weeks) on living costs. The examples given below are averaged out to give costs somewhere in the middle of this estimate. The level of these costs depends heavily on lifestyle and will vary from person to person, but it's always a good idea to draw up a budget - and stick to it!

For visa application purposes, applicants have to show they have £9135 (as a minimum balance for at least 28 days). This amount is correct as at January 2016.

Find out more about the visa application process (applying from overseas).

 

Average cost of Halls of residence

Expenditure
Cost per week
Cost per academic year (40 weeks)
 Cost per academic year (51 weeks)
 Rent (single room)
£86 - £139
 £3440 - £5560
 £4386 - £7089
 Gas/Electricity/Water
Inc in Rent 
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 Contents insurance
 Inc in Rent
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 Broadband
Inc in Rent 
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 Travel costs
£13
£300
(Optional) Insurance £25 per pass 
Yearly Pass (£350)
(Optional) Insurance £25 per pass

 

 

Average cost of private sector accommodation

Expenditure per person
Cost per week
Cost per academic year (40 weeks) 
 Cost per academic year (52 weeks)
 Rent
 £70 - £90
£2800- £3600
£3120 - £4212
 Gas/Electricity/Water
£15
 £600
£780
Contents insurance 
£2.50
£100
 £130
Broadband 
£4
£160
 £208
Travel costs 
 £13
 £300
                                         £350

Course Costs

Depending on your course there are a number of mandatory and optional costs you may be required to pay (besides your tuition fees).

Click here for a more detailed list of specific costs associated with your course. 

Expenditure
Cost per week 
Cost per academic year (40 weeks) 
Cost per academic year (52 weeks) 
 Books
 £7.60
 £220.00
 £286.00
 Printing and Binding
 £1
 £40.00
 £52.00
Course Equipment 
 £1.60
 £64.00
 £83.20
Field Trips 
 £1.25 –£28.75
 £50.00 - £1150.00
 £65.00 - £1495.00

General Living Costs

All of the figures below have been calculated for Academic Year 2014/15.  They are based on actual costs paid by students and could easily be reduced with careful budgeting.  Some of these outgoings may not apply to you and, depending on your circumstances, may not reflect the actual cost you will pay.

These figures cannot account for individual circumstances and are only intended as a general guide to help you prepare your finances before attending University.

Expenditure
Cost per week 
Cost per academic year (40 weeks) 
Cost per academic year (52 weeks) 
 Leisure Spending
 £25
 £1000.00
 £1300.00
 Parking
 £10.00
 £400.00
 £520.00
 TV License
 £2.80
 £112.00
 £145.50 (cost as at May 2015)
Laundry 
 £4
 £200.00
 £260.00
 Food
 £40.00
 £1680.00
 £2184.00
 Phone (landline and Mobile)
 £7.50
 £300.00
 £390.00
Clothes 
 £10.00
 £300.00
 £390.00
 Childcare Costs
 £90.00 per week
 £3600.00
 £4618.12

 

Other Costs

Visa Extension (if applicable)
£448/£948 per person inside the UK (from April 2016)(Depending on whether you apply by post or in-person at a public enquiry office.)
Police registration (if applicable)
 £34 per adult
 Local travel (cost of bus pass)
£350 per 12 months
Return bus ticket to London 
 £34 with student coach card (£10 for one year)
 International Students Insurance
 £120 per year
Newspaper 
 £1.00
 Sports
 £2.50 per session
 Cinema
 £5.30 - £7.50
 Non-alcoholic drinks
 90p - £1.80
Beer 
 £2.75 per pint (pub price)
Wine 
 £3.50 per glass (pub price)
 Inexpensive restaurant meal
 £18 per person
Petrol 
 £1.01 per litre (January 2016). This can vary significantly.