Living costs

Liverpool is one of the most cost-effective student cities in the UK and with our competitive tuition fees, scholarship package and comparatively low cost of living, we offer an affordable student experience at a high quality, world renowned institution.

The UKVI requires that you have £9,207 per academic year (£1,023 per month for 9 months) for your daily living expenses including accommodation, food and local travel. However if you are staying in the UK for 12 months you are likely to need approx. £12,276 to cover your living costs.

Approximate monthly costs 

It is important to budget your money carefully. We estimate total monthly living expenses of £900 - £1,350 based on feedback from international undegraduate and postgraduate students. Of course your actual living costs will vary according to your lifestyle and choice of accommodation.


Breakdown of costs

  • University halls accommodation (including electricty, gas, water, and Wi-Fi): £600 - £900*
  • Private accommodation (varies between location and number of students living in the property): £350-£600
  • Household bills for private accommodation (electricty, gas, water, and Wi-Fi): £50-£150
  • Travel and transport (bus, trains, taxis and local travel): £20 - £50
  • Food and other household necessities: £140- £200
  • Mobile phone bill: £15 - £50
  • Television Licence: £13.25 (you can also make a one-time payment of £159 for the full year)
  • Socialising and entertainment: £50 - £150
  • Study costs (books, photocopying, etc.): £10 - £20
  • Gym membership (based on University Sports Centre): £20

*Accommodation costs shown include University and private accommodation options. University accommodation offers a wide range of room types including single catered, catered premier, deluxe studio and premier studio apartments.

Calling home

You will probably want to keep in regular contact with family and friends back home. There are lots of options to make cheap calls from either a landline (in your accommodation) or from a mobile (cell) phone. However, international phone calls can be very expensive so ensure you compare the best deals from different networks to find the one that best meets your needs.

Popular networks in the UK include; O2, Vodafone, EE and Virgin. You should also check call rates offered by networks such as giffgaff, Lyca and Lebara who specialise in international calls.