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.

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

Undergraduate costs

Undergraduate students attend for 39 weeks a year at our Colchester and Loughton Campuses, and at least 42 weeks a year at our Southend Campus (the number of weeks varies by course).

Living cost Colchester
per year
Southend
per year
Loughton
per year
Accommodation (2019 entry) £3,863 to £8,733
Colchester accommodation
£6,045 to £7,670
Southend accommodation
£5,400 to £8,400
(estimate for a 12-month private contract)
Food (at £30 - £50 per week) £1,170 - £1,950 £1,260 - £2,100 £1,170 - £1,950
Books and course materials £605 £605 £605
Clothing, toiletries etc. £498 £536 £522
Local travel £325 £350 £500
Leisure / socialising £1,025 £1,100 £1,076
Miscellaneous eg mobile phone, insurance, laundry, unexpected costs, emergencies £943 £1,015 £965
Total £8,429 - £14,079 £10,911 - £13,376 £10,238 - £14,018
Average £11,254 (over 39 weeks) £12,144 (over 42 weeks) £12,128 (over 39 weeks)
Average weekly cost to budget for £289 £289 £311

Postgraduate costs 

Postgraduate students attend for 50 weeks a year.

Living cost Colchester and Southend per year Loughton per year
Accommodation (2019 entry) £4,953 - £11,197 £5,400 - £8,400
(estimate for a 12-month private contract)
Food (at £30 - £50 per week) £1,530 - £2,500 £1,530 - £2,500
Books and course materials £780 £780
Clothing, toiletries etc. £610 £640
Local travel £416 £640
Leisure / socialising £1,314 £1,379
Miscellaneous eg mobile phone, insurance, laundry, unexpected costs, emergencies £1,208 £1,268
Total £10,811 - £18,025 £11,637 - £15,607
Average over 50 weeks £14,418 £13,622
Average weekly cost to budget for £288 £272

Postgraduate research

There are additional expenses (.pdf) to be expected by postgraduate research students.

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

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.

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