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Living expenses

Your living expenses will depend on your choices and although London can be expensive, there are opportunities to get the best out of London on a limited budget. 

You need to ensure that you have sufficient funds for your fees and that you have enough money for accommodation, food, travel, books and other living expenses. This is a guideline only as living costs will vary according to your own circumstances and lifestyle. Students should assume that the estimated living expenses given below (plus an additional £2,500 per child) represent a guide to the sum required to live in reasonable comfort in London.

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

Estimated expenses are for the 2016-17 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 www.studentcalculator.org.uk or for international students go to the Living in the UK section at www.educationuk.org.

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. 

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

Help with calculating your living expenses

Please visit our budgeting advice pages for help with establishing your budget for the year.

For further information on what funding could be available to you, try the Student Finance calculator.

Travel expenses

Student Oyster Photocards can give you a 30 per cent discount on travel within London on trains, underground, buses and the London Docklands Light Railway. Information on travel fares can be found on the Transport for London website or on our guide to Student Oyster Photocards.



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