Tuition fees for an undergraduate degree are £9,250 per year. If you’re taking out a Tuition Fee Loan that cost is covered in full, so you don’t need to pay anything upfront.
That just leaves your living costs. If you’re planning to live in student accommodation that will be your biggest cost. You can find prices for all of our on-campus accommodation here. But there are other things you’ll need to pay for too: food, travel, your phone bill, clothes, any books and equipment you need for your course, any hobbies you have (or would like to try), and just having fun.
A good resource for creating a budget is Blackbullion (you’ll need to create an account), but there are lots of others available. Just enter your incomings and expected outgoings into a budget calculator and it’ll tell you whether your incomings will cover your outgoings. It’s hard to guess now how much money you’ll spend on things like food and going out when you’re a student, but there are some resources to help you out there, like Save the Student’s National Student Money Survey and the Natwest Student Living Index . Both of these asked over 2,000 students how much they spend on things like rent, takeaways, and going out, and then published the results. You can use these to get a general idea of how much students on average spend, but remember that you’re not an average! If you have a hobby that you plan to continue while at uni that costs you money, don’t forget to include it.
If you really want to do your homework, track your spending now so you know how much you’re spending at the moment. Making lots of small purchases can really add up, so make sure to include things like buying coffee, or spending money on in-app purchases. There are lots of spending tracker apps to help you (I’ve tried Emma and Yolt), but you can do this by just making a note of any purchase you make.