Students Staff

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.

Undergraduate students attend for:

  • 39 weeks a year at our Colchester Campus and Loughton campus
  • at least 42 weeks a year at our Southend Campus (the number of weeks varies by course at Southend)

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

Living cost Per year
(Colchester - 39 weeks)
Per year
(Southend - 42 weeks)
Per year
(Loughton - 39 weeks)
Accommodation (2018 entry) £3,179 to £7,012
Colchester accommodation
£5,850 to £7,458
Southend accommodation
£5,200 to £7,800
(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 £7,745 - £12,358 £10,716 - £13,164 £10,038 - £13,418
Average £10,052 (over 39 weeks) £11,940 (over 42 weeks) £11,728 (over 39 weeks)
Average weekly cost to budget for £258 £284 £300

Postgraduate students attend for 50 weeks a year. An estimate of living costs for a typical Essex postgraduate student is shown below. The figures are intended as a guide, will vary depending on individual lifestyle and circumstances, and if you are studying at our Colchester or Southend campuses, assume you live on campus.

Living cost Per year (50 weeks) Colchester and Southend Per year (50 weeks) Loughton
Accommodation (2018 entry) £4,694 - £9,048 £5,200 - £7,800
(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 £10,552 - £15,876 £11,437 - £15,007
Average over 50 weeks £13,212 £13,222
Average weekly cost to budget for £264 £264

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

A useful resource for working out your budget is the International Student Calculator.

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.