Cost of Living in UK
Expenses
£600
per month
  • A single student living in the United Kingdom will need enough to meet his/her basic living expenses such as accommodation costs, heating, food, daily travel, books and equipment and other necessities. It is difficult to put a figure on the total living expenditure because the amount will depend partly on your personal life style. However as a general guide only, students living outside of London will probably need approximately £600 a month. However some might find it hard to maintain their usual standard of living on this amount.
  • The following breakdown of costs is designed to give you some idea of how to estimate your living expenditure.
Food
£40-£50
per week
  • A weekly cost of food based on a western style of breakfast, a midday meal at the university in the week, an evening hot meal and weekend meals eaten at home is around £40-£50 for a single person.
  • The cost of an evening out will vary depending on the area, there is a wide range of places in many cities across the UK.
  • Inexpensive restaurant: lunch £5.00, dinner £10.00
  • Take-away: £3.00-£5.00+
Clothing
£5
per week
  • Britain is a cool and damp place in the winter months and warm (rarely hot) in the summer. The winter months are usually cold and frosty, although temperatures rarely fall below freezing. The climate is largely unpredictable. The cost of clothing in an academic year is approximately £200-£350. Dress in Britain, and British Universities is mostly informal. When you are invited to an occasion, it will usually be made clear to you that it may demand something more formal or smart.
  • On most campus sites and in residential areas you will have access to self-service launderette; the cost of this service is approximately £5.00 per week.

Source: www.topuniversities.com

Heating
£15
per week
  • Britain can be cold during the autumn and winter months, students coming from hot countries may need heating for as long as eight to nine months in the year. If you choose to live in private rented accommodation, the cost of heating may not be included in your rent. Allow a minimum of £15.00 per week for heating in the winter. Accommodation in university campus is inclusive of heating.
Books and Equipment
£200
per course
  • The cost of books in academic year 2013/2014 is approximately £200, however this figure varies according to your course. For certain courses, students are expected to provide their own calculator, and may be required to buy certain items of equipment. Stationery and photocopying will cost in the region of £50-£100.
Council Tax
 
 
  • Students are exempt from paying council tax, however if your partner is here with you and is not a student then council tax may be payable for them, still providing you with a rebate on your part as a student.

Source: www.studentaccommodationuk.com