Budget and costs

To avoid financial difficulties and to help you estimate how much money you'll need, you might find it useful to prepare a budget.

It's important to have a clear idea about what your essential costs are so that you know how much money you have available to spend each week.

Budgeting your money

The International Student Calculator is a useful tool to help you create a budget and manage your finances while studying in the UK.

For more information on budgeting and money issues, visit the Student Advice Centre website or go along in person to see them in the Union for confidential face-to-face advice.

Remember that if you need to make an immigration application, you'll need to have money set aside in a bank account for a minimum period of 28 days. Make sure you plan ahead to avoid difficulties.

Cost of Living

Your living costs will vary depending on your circumstances. You'll need to budget for:

  • tuition fees
  • accommodation costs
  • living costs (food, telephone bills etc)
  • study costs (books, stationery etc)
  • travel and visa costs
  • childcare costs (if applicable).

On average it costs a single student between £134 and £217+ a week to live in Leeds, made up of the following expenses:

  • rent £90+
  • food £20 - £50
  • if you buy lunch on campus £15 - £20
  • energy bills £4 - £7
  • recreation £10 - £40
  • toiletries £10.

These costs are current estimates, and can be subject to variability. More information can be found on the Student Advice Centre cost of living webpage.