Living costs

  • The amount of money you will need for living costs will depend on your course and lifestyle.

    Calculating your living costs

    The table below gives an example of the cost of living for a student at Oxford Brookes in 2017/18.

    The costs will vary significantly from student to student, so you should think realistically about what you will spend. Living cost calculators such as Student Calculator can help you with your budgeting.

  • Breakdown Weekly expenditure
    Accommodation *
    (Based on the average cost for a self catered room (non-ensuite and ensuite) in halls of residence. Includes cost of heat and water. See the university's accommodation pages for specific prices.
    Telephone ** £10
    Internet (included in most hall fees) £5
    Transport in Oxford (Brookes bus included in most hall and tuition fees) £10
    Food £65
    Household goods (toiletries, cleaning products,laundry etc) £10
    Leisure / sport / hobbies £35
    Books / stationery £10
    Insurance (included in hall fees*) £3
    Other expenses (eg haircuts, gifts clothes, make sure you have enough money to cover emergencies) £30
    Total weekly expenditure £308
    Total monthly expenditure £1,335
    Total annual expenditure for a 35 week course (September to May) £10,780
     Total annual expenditure for a 52 week course (eg postgraduate study) £16,016

    * Rent for private accommodation in Oxford may be less, but you are likely to pay a similar amount altogether, as you will also have to pay for heat, water, insurance for personal belongings and internet connection.

    ** Telephone costs will vary greatly depending on things such as your phone contract and the amount of international calls.

  • Additional information about accommodation

    If you choose to stay in halls, you can pay your rent in 1, 3 or 6 instalments. If you choose the 3 instalment option, payments are scheduled for when you will receive your student loan. You will not be able to pay for halls accommodation on a monthly basis.

    Accommodation in a shared house in Oxford costs on average £80 - £110 per week. You should also expect to pay an average of £25 per week for gas, electric and water bills. Most students opt to stay in halls for their first year and then choose to move to a shared house for the remaining years of their course.

    Extra expenses

    If your partner is living with you, you need to double the living expenses. You will also have to pay for the living costs of any children who come with you.

    Postgraduate research students may also need an extra £600-£1,000 for expenses such as thesis presentation, travel and equipment for research.

    If you are registered with the University as a part-time student to write up your thesis, you may also have to pay council tax if you don't live in student accommodation. Visit the Oxfordshire County Council website for more information.

    Mollie's budgeting tips

    • Look into scholarships: I got a Community Scholarship for volunteering during Sixth Form which entitled me to a £1000 bursary.
    • Get a job, especially during the summers: I work as a Student Ambassador for Brookes, a job which pays well and provides me with lots of experience.
    • Use a budget: I've got a huge spreadsheet with all my income and outgoings. It means I know when I can treat myself to that much-needed chocolate/pair of shoes/wine.
    • Plan your meals and do your food shop online, that way you are less likely to impulse buy.
    • Don't go on a spending spree when your student loan comes through, that money needs to last a long time!

    Check out Money Saving Expert's 50+ tips for student budgeting

    Mollie Huckin

    The National Union of Students (NUS) has a webpage with information on money and funding as a student.

    Brookes Union Advice Service

    The Brookes Union has an advice centre providing finance information to all students.