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Budget tips and advice

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As a student, you need to ensure that you have sufficient funds for your fees, accommodation, food, travel, books and other living expenses.  


Estimated costs

Living costs vary according to your own circumstances and lifestyle. This information is intended as a guide only and represents how much is needed to live in reasonable comfort in London.

  • Single student: £10,555
  • Couples: £16,178 (plus an additional £2,000 per child)

As part of visa requirements, if you are a non-EEA student you must ensure that you have sufficient funds for fees and maintenance for your whole period of study.


Help with calculating your living costs

For advice on managing your finances and budgeting visit the KCLSU website. To work out your expected living costs, try the UCAS cost of living calculator.


Budgeting advice

The Student Advice Service offers guidance with budgeting and also support for students who are in financial hardship.Visit the Student Advice Service webpages for further information.

The Advice Service also have a team of trained Money Mentors to provide further guidance to students on money matters. They can help students to make the most of their money, whatever their budget. Meet the team


Travel expenses

Student Oyster photocards can be used within London on trains, underground, buses and the London Docklands Light Railway (DLR). If you travel regularly on public transport it is cheaper to buy a travelcard rather than single tickets. Transport for London offers a student oystercard which gives a 30 per cent discount to most full-time students. 

Vist the TfL website to find out more.


Part-time work

King’s Careers Service advertises vacancies through its electronic JobOnline system for part-time, temporary, voluntary and vacation work.

Work is also available at King’s, through our student ambassador scheme or fundraising team, or at KCLSU in the student centres, bars, eating places, shops and gym.


International students

Unless your visa specifically prohibits you from working, in most cases you are permitted to work up to 20 hours per week in term time and full-time during the vacation. In the case of programmes that include a work placement this is normally extended. 

See our student advice pages or The UK Council for International Student Affairs website for more information on visa requirements.


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