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Living Costs

Beyond the academic fees that you pay for your programme of study, the other main cost for postgraduate students will be your living expenses. These include key aspects such as your accommodation fees if you choose to live on campus or rent for those living off campus, food, books and other general expenditure such as clothes or leisure.

A large part of your living costs will probably be your accommodation. Postgraduate students either live on campus in our university accommodation (£92-£120 per week for a single room including heating and lighting 2011-12 rates) or off campus where rent is estimated at £60-£80 a week plus approximately £30 a week for local travel, heating, water and electricity bills.

More information and advice can be found on the postgraduate accommodation pages, and the Warwick Accommodation and Warwick Students' Union websites.

You will also need to allow for other essentials which are likely to include:

  • food and toiletries
  • clothes
  • telephone charges
  • laundry costs
  • books and materials for your course
  • leisure, sport, entertainment
  • sundries, such as haircuts, prescriptions etc

This list is intended as a guide and you may well have other areas of expenditure above and beyond items on this list.

How Much Will You Need?

The table below provides guidelines for estimated costs you can expect whilst living and studying at Warwick as a postgraduate student. The costs given below are for a single student for 12 months. Please note that the following estimates do not include course fees.

Students undertaking Postgraduate Research Programmes should budget towards the upper end of these estimated costs to cover research-related field trips, visits to off-campus libraries and attendance at conferences.

It is important to remember that your living costs will be dependent upon your accommodation choices, lifestyle and spending patterns - some students spend more, others less.

  Lowest estimated costs
Upper estimated costs
Average estimated expenditure
50 weeks on campus accommodation (2011/12 prices)
£5,350 £6,000 £5,350
Food and toiletries
£2,000 £4,100 £3,050
Books and materials
£440 £600 £520
Other general expenditure (including clothing, telephone calls, laundry, insurance, entertainment) £2,250 £3,000 £2,625
Total yearly expenditure
£10,040 £13,700
£11,545
Total including £525 for warm clothing* £10,565 £14,225 £12,070

*For those coming to the UK from a warmer climate, a budget of an extra £525 for warm clothing is also recommended.

For international students, it is important to note that the costs detailed in the table below do not include travel to and from your home country, and you will need to budget for any trips home above these listed living costs.

Tuition fees

Click here to tuition fees for 11/12 academic year 

International Students

The International Office also offers advice and information for international students