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Living Expenses

Living expenses

Students waiting for a busLondon is one of the most exciting and rewarding cities to live in the world! It is much cheaper to live in London as a full-time student with the large range of discounts available on almost everything from public transport to theatre tickets.

Rough guide to expenses

As a rough guide, our following estimates are the minimum spend to live in reasonable comfort, excluding tuition fees. These cover:

  • accommodation
  • food
  • travel within London.

For more details about travel costs see the Transport for London website).

Additional expenses may include:

  • travel outside London
  • books
  • clothing
  • thesis presentations.

Living expenses will depend on the type of accommodation you have.

Estimated expenses are for a full year for the 2013-14 session. Price increases and unexpected expenditure should be taken into account. Students arranging initial short-term accommodation on arrival in London need to budget for this. 

As a broad estimate of the funds needed to live in London, we currently estimate that students should allow approximately £1,000-£1,200 per month for living costs, in addition to tuition fees.

You may also wish to consider your initial arrival costs. These could include accommodation deposits, utensils, clothing, etc. How much you need will depend upon your lifestyle and these figures are only intended as a guide. 

Advice and guidance

At King's we have a dedicated team of Student Advisers who are on hand to help you manage your money.
Further guidance can be found by visiting or for international students go to the Living in the UK section at

International students

International students requiring a visa to study in the UK are required by the UK Border Agency to demonstrate that they are able to meet the total costs of their study. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have sufficient funds to cover all your expenses once you arrive.

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