Costs of living vary throughout Britain. Students living in Birmingham enjoy lower costs than many other cities in the UK, but the actual amount you will spend will depend upon your lifestyle. We can only give you an approximate indication of how much you will need.
The University of Birmingham estimates that the cost of living for a single student is £670 per month (£8,040 for a year), including accommodation. If you are bringing dependants with you, you should allow about £3,500–£4,500 extra per year for a spouse or civil partner and £2,500-£3,000 extra per year for each child. This is a realistic figure, based on the cost of living in the UK.
Coming to the UK to study is a serious financial commitment. You need to ensure that you have sufficient funds for your full tuition, your living expenses and the living expenses of any dependants. You should have the funding secured before travelling to the UK and starting your course.
The accommodation available includes rooms in self-catered flats, all of which are located within easy reach of the main campus.
We do our best to allocate you to your first choice accommodation but some places are more popular than others and we cannot guarantee that you will get your first choice; we will work with you to make sure you get the accommodation that suits you.
University housing fees for postgraduate students
These start from £4,484 for self-catered accommodation (£89.68 per week)
Prices include bills such as gas, electricity and water
For a single room in a shared house in the private sector, you should expect to pay approximately £2,860 for a period of 52 weeks (£50–£60 per week)
For students with families, a three-bedroom house can be rented for approximately £450–£700 per calendar month
Prices given for the private sector exclude gas, electricity and telephone bills, which will cost approximately £90 per month per student/adult household member
You would also be required to pay one month’s rent in advance and a deposit equivalent to one month’s rent before moving into the house
Information about accommodation will be sent to you with your offer.
For information about the cost of accommodation for postgraduate students see the main Accommodation section.