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) £3,000 to £5,498
Colchester accommodation
£5,680
Southend accommodation
Food (at £30 - £50 per week) £1,170 - £1,950 £1,260 - £2,100
Books and stationery £585 £585
Clothing, toiletries etc. £475 £510
Local travel £300 £400
Leisure / socialising £975 £1,050
Miscellaneous eg mobile phone, insurance, healthcare, unexpected costs, emergencies £900 £970
Total £7,405 - £10,682 £10,455 - £11,223
Average £8,864 (over 39 weeks) £10,839 (over 42 weeks)
Average weekly cost to budget for £227 £258

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) £3,847 to £7,049
Food (at £30 - £50 per week) £1,530 - £2,500
Books and stationery £765
Clothing, toiletries etc. £600
Local travel £400
Leisure / socialising £1,020
Miscellaneous eg mobile phone, insurance, healthcare, unexpected costs, emergencies £1,000
Total £9,162 to £13,334
Average over 50 weeks £11,248
Average weekly cost to budget for £225

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.