Financial information for English, Welsh and Northern Irish students

Living Costs

How will I meet my living costs?

On average, students at Stirling spend between £6,000 and £9,000 a year (not including fees). When planning your budget, some basic costs that should be taken into account include accommodation (plus any bills), food, telephone, clothes and personal items, entertainment and travel. Also, don't forget the important extras, such as a TV licence and insurance.

Obviously, the amount you will spend depends on your lifestyle, and will also be affected by the geographic areas in which you choose to study. Stirling has a relatively low cost of living, compared to other parts of Scotland, and the rest of the UK.

Below is a possible estimated budget for an undergraduate student studying at Stirling. It is based on 9 months, from the beginning of the first semester to the end of the second, but does not cover the summer break. Be aware that many students live on more, and many on less, than this budget indicates!

Cost of living

The following tables will give you an idea of what sort of things students at Stirling have to budget for and how much they spend:

Cost of living
  Monthly Two semesters
Rent £296–£612 £2,664–£5,513*
Food/household goods £160 £1,440
Leisure/entertainment £120 £1,080
Insurance £12 £108
Clothing £30 £270
Books/stationery £25 £225
Telephone £25 £225
TV licence £12 £145py**
On-campus total £680–£996 £6,157–£9,006
Plus… travel £30*** £270
Plus… bills (gas/electric) £40 £360
Off-campus total £750–£1,066 £6,787–£9,636

*2014/2015 costs

** A refund of £37 may be due to you (based on you only being in University accommodation for 9 months of the TV Licence year).

*** Only includes local travel in and around Stirling (not travel to home address).