Cost of living

Beyond the academic fees you’ll pay for your programme, the other main costs are living expenses. Where you choose to live will play a big part in determining how much money you’ll need while you’re studying at Essex.

Undergraduate students attend for:

  • 39 weeks a year at our Colchester Campus
  • at least 42 weeks a year at our Southend Campus (the number of weeks varies by course at Southend)

An estimate of living costs for a typical Essex undergraduate student is shown below. The figures are intended as a guide, will vary depending on individual lifestyle and circumstances, and assume you live on campus.

Living cost Per year
(Colchester - 39 weeks)
Per year
(Southend - 42 weeks)
Accommodation (single campus room for 2017 entry) £3,090 to £5,591
Colchester accommodation
£5,715 to £7,218
Southend accommodation
Food (at £30 - £50 per week) £1,170 - £1,950 £1,260 - £2,100
Books and stationery £596 £596
Clothing, toiletries etc. £484 £520
Local travel £310 £410
Leisure / socialising £995 £1,070
Miscellaneous eg mobile phone, insurance, healthcare, unexpected costs, emergencies £918 £990
Total £7,563 - £10,844 £10,561 - £12,904
Average £9,204 (over 39 weeks) £11,733 (over 42 weeks)
Average weekly cost to budget for £236 £279

Postgraduate students attend for 50 weeks a year. An estimate of living costs for a typical Essex postgraduate student is shown below. The figures are intended as a guide, will vary depending on individual lifestyle and circumstances, and assume you live on campus.

Living cost Per year (50 weeks)
Accommodation (single campus room for 2017 entry) £4,543 to £8,593
Food (at £30 - £50 per week) £1,530 - £2,500
Books and stationery £780
Clothing, toiletries etc. £610
Local travel £410
Leisure / socialising £1,040
Miscellaneous eg mobile phone, insurance, healthcare, unexpected costs, emergencies £1,020
Total £9,933 to £14,953
Average over 50 weeks £12,443
Average weekly cost to budget for £249

Dependants

If you have dependants, your cost of living will be considerably higher and vary based on your choice of accommodation and the size of your family.

International students

A useful resource for working out your budget is the International Student Calculator.

When you apply for a UK Tier 4 student visa, you'll need to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds in place to cover your tuition fees and living costs. The amount of money you must have available for living expenses depends on the length of your course.