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Considering the cost of studying at university

What you need to budget for when you come to university, including fees, living and study costs.

Paying for your studies

When you come to university you need to pay tuition fees. There may be other costs associated with your course and you may also need to pay for books and other learning equipment.

Different courses can have different costs, so make sure you have an idea of what you will pay for the course you’re interested in. The fees may have increased by the time you apply, so bear that in mind as well.

As well as the general tuition fees, you may need to pay extra costs for your course. These can cover things like field trips, equipment and special clothing. You can check individual course descriptions for any additional costs.

If they’re not included in your course fees, you might need to pay for things like textbooks and stationery during your degree. You will also have to pay for printing, scanning and photocopying.

Your first year at Bath

The is also the cost of your accommodation while at Bath and for paying for day-to-day items.


It’s likely that you will live in University residences, either on campus or in the city. You can also find your own accommodation if you prefer.

Prices vary, depending on which accommodation block you apply for, so you can choose an option that suits your budget. We'll do our best to place you in your preferred room type, but we cannot guarantee this. If you live away from campus, consider the costs of getting to and from the University.

Day-to-day items

If going to university is your first time away from home, make sure you’re aware of the day-to-day things you’ll need to buy.

It’s usually cheaper to buy food from a supermarket and cook it yourself, but there are plenty of eateries around campus for mid-study meals.

You should also consider the costs for phones, laundry, leisure, and any health costs if applicable.

Larger costs

You'll need a laptop or another computer to get full access to the software and systems for your studies. See which devices we recommend.

Other things you might have to pay for include your own sports kit and equipment if you join one of the University sports teams.

Second year, third year and beyond

After your first year, you will need to find your own private sector accommodation off campus. You may also decide to study abroad for a year.

Accommodation costs can vary with location, type of accommodation and size, so it’s worth doing your research to find somewhere suitable.

Remember that you have to pay a deposit for private sector accommodation before the end of your first year. You'll also have to budget for utility bills and find out whether you have to pay council tax.

Living away from campus also means you may need to pay for transport to the University. Look into train or bus fares when you are thinking about where to live. As a student, you can get discounts for train and bus tickets.

If you study abroad for a year as part of your course you will pay a reduced tuition fee to the University of Bath but you may still have to pay certain costs at the university you visit.

Managing your finances

You need to keep track of your spending and make sure you don't spend more than you can afford. There are ways of boosting your income and to save money.

The best way to make sure that you are not spending more money than you should is to create a budget and stick to it.

Finding some part-time work can help you cover the costs of life as a student. You’ll also meet new people, boost your CV and learn valuable skills. There are lots of places you can work both on and off campus and we employ students in a range of jobs.

You might be able to apply for a scholarship or bursary to help contribute to the cost of your degree. There are different schemes available depending on your course.

Remember it is important that you come to university with enough funds to complete your studies.

There are lots of student discounts available to you. TOTUM, the NUS extra discount card, entitles you to more than 42,000 discounts.

You can also save money on travel and books with the same card, and there are many other organisations who offer student deals.

Contact Us

You can contact Student Money Advice in person, by phone or by email.