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Fees & living costs

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Cardiff is one of the more affordable of the traditional university cities meaning you'll have more to spend exploring the UK and Europe.

Tuition fees 2016/7

Arts Based Subjects
Full Year £13,050
Single Semester £6,525

Science Based Subjects
Full Year £16,425
Single Semester £8,213

Living costs

In addition to your tuition fees, we estimate that a single student living in University accommodation is likely to need an average of £7,841 for a full academic year or £3,921 for one semester. Students who are on a budget can live on less if they wish to do so. The minimum cost of living as recommended by UKVI for studying outside London is £1,015 per month.

These estimates include accommodation, food, books, clothes, travel, telephone and social expenses.

Our living costs calculator can help you decide what your average living costs would look like based on international student expenditure at Cardiff University.

Some other advantages of Cardiff include:

  • Cardiff is a compact city and the University is in the middle - therefore you won't have far to travel between the University, city centre shops and your accommodation.
  • Cardiff is also very flat making it easy to walk or cycle around. Many buses and taxis serve Cardiff and are very reasonably priced.

The table below compares the cost of living for first-year students. You can see that Cardiff is one of the more affordable locations, much cheaper than London.

If you'd like useful tips about how to make your money last a little longer, a useful web page can be found on the financial support pages here.

This chart includes weekly essentials, rent and travel.

University Total £
University of Leicester 196.47
University of Nottingham 207.13
University of Cardiff 227.10
University of Southampton 228.50
University of Bristol 230.99
The University of Edinburgh 235.03
University of Liverpool 235.40
University of Leeds 236.40
University of Plymouth 240.78
University of Sheffield 243.55
University of Glasgow 244.25
University of Kent (Canterbury) 247.05
The University of Cambridge 247.75
University of Newcastle 248.08
University of Warwick (Coventry) 255.23
University of Manchester 262.48
University of Birmingham 289.43
University of Sussex (Brighton) 291.95
The University of Oxford 310.95

Source: HSBC living cost table - August 2014

When you become a student at Cardiff you get a student card which entitles you to discounts in many shops and restaurants.You can also use it to apply for travel discount cards like a rail card or coach card.

Study Abroad (JYA)