Cost of living

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!

Halls of Residence Costs

Expenditure

Cost per week

Cost per academic year (40 weeks)

Rent

£86.00 - £139.00

£3440.00 - £5560.00

Gas/Elec/Water

Inc in Rent

Inc in Rent

Contents Insurance

Inc in Rent

Inc in Rent

Broadband

Inc in Rent

Inc in Rent

Travel Costs

£12.00

£480.00

Private Residence Costs

Expenditure

Cost per week

Cost per academic year (40 weeks)

Rent

£80.00 - £87.00

£3200.00 - £3480.00

Gas/Elec/Water

Inc in Rent

Inc in Rent

Contents Insurance

£2.50

£100.00

Broadband

£4.00

£160.00

Travel Costs

£7.50

£300.00

Course Costs

Course Costs

Costs per Week

Cost per academic year (40 weeks)

Books

£7.60

£304.00

Printing and Binding

£1.00

£40.00

Course Equipment

£1.60

£64.00

Field Trips

£1.25 – £28.75

£50.00 - £1150.00

Depending on your course there are a number of mandatory and optional costs you may be required to pay. For a detailed list of specific costs associated with your course please contact your department.

Please also be aware that if you are not entitled to, or decide not to access, tuition fee funding, then this cost also needs to be considered.

Certain programmes (or modules) may attract further mandatory or optional costs necessary for you to fully participate and complete your program of choice.  You can find more information here.  

General Living Costs

General Living Costs

Costs per Week

Cost per academic year (40 weeks)

Leisure Spending

£25

£1000.00

Parking

£10.00

£400.00

TV License

£2.80

£112.00

Laundry

£4

£160.00

Food

£40.00

£1600.00

Phone (landline andMobile)

£7.50

£300.00

Clothes

£10.00

£400.00

Childcare Costs

£90 per week

£3600.00

All of the above figures have been calculated for Academic Year 2015/16.  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.

For information on what income you may be entitled to please visit our Undergraduate Funding Page.