There is no need to buy books, all the essential reading for each module on your course is provided in online reading lists by the University of Essex Library Services. Many of your essential reading list items will also be found in our physical library spaces.
Our libraries also provide access to hundreds of online e-books, journals, databases and subscription services for students, as well as providing physical books and journals associated with each of the subject areas studied and taught at Essex to support further reading and research.
Course materials can differ from course to course, please check with your department regarding the materials required for your course.
Laptops come in various specifications and can be affordable, with prices ranging from £200-£500 for basic tasks like note-taking and occasional document work. However, it's important to consider the requirements of your course as you may need to invest in a more expensive laptop.
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. If you have a family, there is a wide range of information, support and advice available.
Planning your budget
The above costs are based on estimates and averages. Most students will need to budget for additional costs such as clothing, subscriptions, socialising and items you may not being able to bring with you or haven’t had to buy before such as kitchen, bedding and electrical items. It’s important to budget and manage your money.
There are additional fees and costs associated with postgraduate research courses.
If you are applying for a student visa to study in the UK, you'll need to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds in place to cover your tuition fees and living costs in line with the requirements outlined in the immigration rules. The amount of money you must have available for living expenses depends on the length of your course and differs from the information above.
When coming to the UK to study, there are additional charges that you will need to consider as an international student. These include the visa application fee, the healthcare premium, and the supporting financial documents required for your visa application. Find out more about how to get a student visa.