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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 costs, and study costs.

Paying for your studies

When you come to university you need to pay tuition fees. Depending on your course, you might also have to pay for things like books, equipment, field trips, stationery, and printing.

Different courses can have different costs, so make sure you know 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. If they’re not included in your course fees, you might need to pay for things like field trips, equipment, special clothing, textbooks, and stationery during your degree. You will also have to pay for printing, scanning and photocopying.

You can check individual course descriptions for details of these additional costs. Select your specific course and check out the 'Fees and Funding' section.

Your first year at Bath

During your first year, you'll need to pay for accommodation and day-to-day items like food and laundry. You might also need to plan for larger costs, like buying a laptop.

Know how much money you have to spend

As a student, you might get income from several sources including:

Before you decide how to spend your money, you will need to understand how much money in total you will have to live off.

It's important to work out a budget so you know exactly how much you will need to cover your costs. Find out more about managing your money.

Blackbullion is an easy-to-use online financial capability toolkit to help you take control of your finances and make better financial decisions.


As a first-year student it’s likely that you will live in University accommodation, 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.

Find out more about our accommodation.


You will need to consider the cost of transport when you first arrive.

If you live away from campus during term time, consider the cost of getting to and from the University for study days. Find out more about travelling to campus.

Day-to-day items

If this 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 always cheaper to buy food from a supermarket and cook it yourself than to rely on takeaways or eating out.

You can also find useful advice online about how to save money on food, for example, from:

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

As a student at Bath, you get free access to facilities at our Sports Training Village and can also get the Sports Pass as well as preferential costs for a gym membership. You might also have to pay to get involved in some Students’ Union clubs and activities.

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


You'll need a laptop or another computer to get full access to the software and systems for your studies. You can use our IT Purchasing Team for this.

If you are living in University accommodation, you will have free access to WiFi. Otherwise, you should budget for an appropriate broadband package.

There are also free-to-use  computers in our Library, in the Virgil building, and elsewhere on campus.

You can read thousands of magazines and newspapers for free through the PressReader App.

If you need to watch broadcast media you can log into the free Learning on Screen service, using your University of Bath account, for on-demand TV and radio for education.

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.

At some point in the spring of your first year, you might need to sign a contract for your accommodation for the next academic year. This will require the payment of a deposit to secure the contract. Advice on what to pay and how to pay safely is available from the Student Accommodation Team.

At the end of your first year, you will need to pay for transport to your summer address and you may need to budget to place items in storage over the summer vacation.

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

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 on 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, 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 of saving money.

With increases in prices putting pressure on the cost of living, knowing what support is available and where to get value for money is more important than ever. Find out what support is available and what you can do to keep costs down.

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 that offer student deals.

Contact Us

You can contact Student Money Advice by phone, by email or in person by visiting 4 West.