Living in Swansea

Swansea has the fifth-lowest monthly rent of the UK's university cities based on figures from the 2020 Natwest Student Living Index and 11th for overall living costs.

Below are average living costs for 2020/2021.  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

£140*

£5600.00

Gas/Elec/Water/Internet

Inc in Rent

Inc in Rent

Contents Insurance

Inc in Rent

Inc in Rent

Travel Costs

£6.02

£240.80

 *Based on medium en-suite room on Singleton Campus (can be from £140-151 per week)

Private Residence Costs

Expenditure

Cost per week

Cost per academic year (40 weeks)

Rent

£83.84

£3353.60

Gas/Elec/Water/Internet

£7.38

£295.20

Contents Insurance

£1.22

£63.18

Travel Costs

£6.02

£240.80

 

Course Costs

Course Costs

Costs per Week

Cost per academic year (40 weeks)

Books

£8.36

£334.40

Printing and Binding

£1.10

£44.00

Course Equipment

£1.75

£70.00

Field Trips

£1.35 – £30.00

£54.00 - £1200.00

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 Additional cost.  

General Living Costs

General Living Costs

Costs per Week

Cost per academic year (40 weeks)

Leisure Spending

£15.28

£611.20

TV License/Other home entertainment

£5.41

£216.40

Clothes/Laundry

£9.52

£380.80

Groceries/Toiletries/Household items

£20.42

£816.80

Phone (Mobile)

£2.86

£114.40

Clothes

£7.75

£310.00

Childcare Costs

£200.00*

£8000.00

*Based on average cost of £40 per full day, 5 days a week.  Remember, you may be entitled to supplementary grants to help with childcare costs.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

This page 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 are reasonable estimates but should not be relied upon.  It is the responsibility of the student to ensure they have sufficient funds to meet their living costs whilst studying at university.  These figures cannot account for individual circumstances and are only intended as a general guide to help you prepare your finances before attending university.

Figures are based on average costs paid by students and could easily be reduced with careful budgeting. 

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