Undergraduate cost of living

Stirling been named the UK's most affordable city five years in a row by Lloyds Bank (Lloyds Bank, Affordable Cities 2019)

However it's important to put together a budget for living costs at university so that you can see the potential costs of living away from home. The cost of living can vary greatly depending on your lifestyle and spending habits.

What are student living costs?

When planning your student budget, the kind of costs you need to consider include:

  • Rent (at Stirling the rent for two semesters of University accommodation ranges from £3,458-£7,069. This includes utilities, WiFi, bedding and bed linen, insurance, housekeeping assistance and 24/7 staff assistance.)
  • Utility bills if staying in private accommodation
  • Travel to and from your accommodation as well as travel back home
  • Food
  • Toiletries
  • Books
  • Phone
  • Clothing
  • Leisure

Which? have put together an estimated breakdown of student costs for the University of Stirling to help you work out your budget.

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Living on a budget

Just because you’re choosing to study doesn’t mean you’ve got to fall into the cash-strapped student stereotype. There are plenty of ways to manage your money and stretch your finances to make sure you live comfortably while studying with us.

See our top tips

How will I meet my living costs?

Scottish and UK students

As well as financial support towards your tuition fees, you can apply to your relevant funding body for help with undergraduate living costs. The amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income. Financial support usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries.

Find out more about University funding opportunities.

EU and International students

It is best to contact the relevant funding body or authority in your own country to find out more about any support they offer.

For any UK funding that may be accessible to you, please visit UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA).