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Fees & living costs

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Cardiff is one of the more affordable of the traditional university cities meaning you'll have more to spend exploring the UK and Europe.

Tuition fees 2015/6

Arts Based Subjects
Full Year £12,600
Single Semester £6,300

Science Based Subjects
Full Year £15,750
Single Semester £7,875

Living costs

In addition to your tuition fees, we estimate that a single student living in University accommodation is likely to need an average of £7,650 for a full academic year or £3,825 for one semester. Students who are on a budget can live on less if they wish to do so. The minimum cost of living as recommended by UKBA for studying outside London is £820 per month.

These estimates include accommodation, food, books, clothes, travel, telephone and social expenses.

Our living costs calculator can help you decide what your average living costs would look like based on international student expenditure at Cardiff University.

When we carried out a detailed survey of what Cardiff University students were spending we found that it costs on average 15-20% less to live in Cardiff than most other cities in the UK. Some of the advantages of Cardiff include:

  • Cardiff is a compact city and the University is in the middle - therefore you won't have far to travel between the University, city centre shops and your accommodation.
  • Cardiff is also very flat making it easy to walk or cycle around. Many buses and taxis serve Cardiff and are very reasonably priced.

The table below compares the Russell Group of Universities and the average cost of rent for students per week. You can see that Cardiff is one of the more affordable locations and is a massive £45 a week cheaper in rent alone than London.

If you'd like useful tips about how to make your money last a little longer, a useful web page can be found on the financial support pages here.

This chart does not include other items such as food and entertainment which are also significantly more expensive in other cities, especially London.

University Average rent £ per week
Queen's, Belfast 53.71
Liverpool 55.49
Birmingham 57.30
Cardiff 57.48
Manchester 60.12
Sheffield 60.31
Southampton 62.36
York 62.96
Newcastle 63.71
Nottingham 64.88
Average UK student rent 65.30
Durham 65.50
Leeds 65.66
Warwick 68.75
Glasgow 69.67
Bristol 69.67
Edinburgh 72.71
Oxford 77.39
Exeter 86.87
Cambridge 88.23
Imperial College London 102.80
King's College London 102.80
LSE 102.80
Queen Mary London 102.80
UCL 102.80

Source: Agreement (ARLA) September/October 2010

When you become a student at Cardiff you get a student card which entitles you to discounts in many shops and restaurants.You can also use it to apply for travel discount cards like a rail card or coach card.

Study Abroad (JYA)