Living costs

The perceived cost of living and studying in London is a concern for many students. However, it is possible to live economically in the capital by taking advantage of reduced price services and facilities on campus and beyond, making the most of student discounts and concessions in shops, restaurants and bars, and by avoiding touristy areas of the city.

Student lifestyles differ however the current estimate is that students should allow about £1,000-£1,200 per month for living costs, in addition to tuition fees.

Living economically

There are many ways to live economically as a student, including:

  • Joining Regent’s Place Health Club which offers exclusive student gym memberships from only £29 per month and 8-week fitness programmes on campus for only £28
  • Making use of John Smith’s bookshop’s buying and selling second-hand books service 
  • Sign up for an NUS card with the National Union of Students and receive money of electronics, tablets, laptops, phones, as well as study materials. The NUS card also gives holders reduced entry fees at numerous music venues and clubs across the capital. Find out more at nus.org.uk 
  • Enjoy greatly reduced travel costs, with 30 per cent off travelcards and passes, for all London students with a Student Oyster Photocard: tfl.gov.uk 
  • Save 1/3 on train fares across London and Britain with a Young Person's Railcard. Check your eligibility and sign up for one here: 16-25railcard.co.uk
  • Take advantage of discounted student travel to many European and international cities through student travel websites such as STA, statravel.co.uk  
  • Obtain hundreds of student discounts on clothing with numerous retailers across London. Sites such as myunidays.com offer good reductions on a variety of fashion retailers. 
  • You can also receive significant discounts for eating out, travel, leisure and culture inside and outside London via sites such as studentbeans.com or studentdiscounts.co.uk

Financial support

Make sure you have accessed all of the financial support for which you are eligible. Please see the following links for details:

Budgeting

In addition to the figures quoted above, you may find it necessary to budget for some one-off arrival costs. These will vary in nature but may include the purchase of warm clothes (if you are arriving from a warmer country than the UK), kitchen utensils (if you are allocated self-catering accommodation), a one-month deposit for accommodation (in addition to monthly rent) and general settling-in costs.

How much you spend in addition to your tuition fees is your decision and these figures are only intended as a guide. An important consideration is that you must satisfy the relevant authorities that you have sufficient funds to cover your entire period of study.
Further guidance can be found by visiting www.studentcalculator.org.uk or for international students go to the Living in the UK section at www.educationuk.org.

Part-time work

Your studies must always come first.  However, if your programme allows you the time to do so, there are range of part-time work opportunities available in London. Information on how to find part-time work can be found by booking  an appointment to see an advisor in the Careers and Business Relations Department using CareerHub. There is also a full listing of available vacancies on CareerHub from organisations who have contacted Regent's to advertise to students.

If you are on a Tier 4 student visa, you are restricted to working up to a maximum of 20 hours per week during term time, and full-time during vacation periods. You must check your visa to ensure you have the 20 hours work per week entitlement. If you are on a 6 month Short Term Study Visa, work is prohibited.  If you have any queries regarding your visa, you can contact the Immigration team at visas@regents.ac.uk

Last updated: 10 June 2016

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