Universities where students pay the most rent
We all know rent gobbles up a huge chunk of Maintenance Loans – but which students have to fork out the most? And which get the best deal? Use our table to find out!
Rent costs are the bane of most student lives – as soon as that Maintenance Loan drops in your account, you can guarantee the majority of it is going to be hoovered up by rent costs pretty quickly.
But there's no denying some students have it worse off than others. Depending on which university you choose to go to, the rent costs you'll face can differ drastically.
In our recent National Accommodation Survey, we uncovered which students pay the most in rent, and somewhat surprisingly, not all of the universities with the highest costs are in London.
But where does your university rank on the rent chart? Read on to find out...
Which universities have the highest rent?
The average amount students pay for rent in the UK is £125 per week – which works out at around £542 a month.
Just like most expenses (including pints!), prices vary around the country, with London coming in on top and the North, Scotland and Wales offering the cheapest rent.
London School of Economics (LSE) tops our list once again, with students paying on average £219 a week for rent – that's a whopping £949 a month and 1.75x the national average!
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However, London isn't the only place where students are facing large rents. Oxford and Bath also have high rent prices, with students paying around £144 – £165 and £124 – £168 a week respectively for a place to stay.
Meanwhile, Northern and rural universities tend to offer the best deal on rent. At the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), students pay on average just £75 a week!
Similarly, students in Wrexham, Cumbria, Teesside, Aberdeen and Shropshire (Harper Adams) all pay under £90 a week for their accommodation.
Search our table to find out where your university ranks!
Rent costs by university
|University||Average weekly rent (£)|
|London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)||219|
|Kings College, University of London||218|
|Imperial College London||215|
|University of East London||189|
|University of Winchester||176|
|London Metropolitan University||175|
|University College London (UCL)||174|
|Bath Spa University||168|
|University of Worcester||167|
|Oxford Brookes University||165|
|City, University of London||165|
|University of Reading||165|
|University of the Arts, London||163|
|Goldsmiths, University of London||158|
|University of East Anglia (UEA)||157|
|University of Essex||153|
|Queen Mary, University of London||153|
|University of Kent||151|
|University of the Arts||150|
|University of West London||150|
|Rose Bruford College||150|
|University of Exeter||146|
|University of Sussex||145|
|University of Oxford||144|
|University of Portsmouth||142|
|University of the West of Scotland||140|
|Royal College of Music||139|
|Queens University, Belfast||139|
|University of Southampton||138|
|University of Cambridge||137|
|University of Hertfordshire||136|
|University of Bolton||135|
|University of Surrey||132|
|Brunel University London||130|
|University of Bedfordshire||130|
|Canterbury Christ Church University||129|
|Birmingham City University||129|
|London South Bank University||128|
|Ravensbourne University London||128|
|Southampton Solent University||127|
|University of Northampton||127|
|Glasgow Caledonian University||126|
|Liverpool John Moores University||126|
|University of Suffolk||126|
|Manchester Metropolitan University||125|
|London Business School||125|
|City College Norwich||125|
|Nottingham Trent University||124|
|University of Bath||124|
|University of Warwick||123|
|University of St Andrews||122|
|University of Lincoln||121|
|University of Manchester||121|
|University of Edinburgh||121|
|University of Bristol||121|
|University of Salford||120|
|St Mary's University, Twickenham||120|
|University of Dundee||119|
|University of Derby||119|
|Edinburgh Napier University||119|
|Royal Veterinary College||118|
|Edge Hill University||118|
|University of Sheffield||117|
|University of Brighton||117|
|Anglia Ruskin University||116|
|University of Greenwich||116|
|York St John University||114|
|Cardiff Metropolitan University||111|
|Leeds Metropolitan University||111|
|University for the Creative Arts||111|
|St George's, University of London||110|
|University of the West of England||109|
|Arts University Bournemouth||108|
|University of York||107|
|Middlesex University London||107|
|University of Glasgow||106|
|University of Plymouth||106|
|University of Leeds||104|
|University of Liverpool||104|
|Plymouth Marjon University||104|
|Leeds Trinity University||103|
|De Montfort University, Leicester||101|
|University of Gloucestershire||101|
|University of Wolverhampton||100|
|Bishop Grosseteste University||100|
|Robert Gordon University||100|
|University of Huddersfield||100|
|University of South Wales (Glamorgan)||99|
|University of Nottingham||98|
|University of Strathclyde||97|
|Sheffield Hallam University||96|
|University of Sunderland||95|
|University of Birmingham||95|
|Buckinghamshire New University||95|
|University of Stirling||95|
|University of Leicester||94|
|University of Roehampton||94|
|University of Hull||93|
|University of Bradford||92|
|University of Chester||92|
|University of Central Lancashire||90|
|University of Aberdeen||89|
|Harper Adams University||88|
|University of Cumbria||81|
|University of the Highlands and Islands||75|
The data has been filtered to exclude universities where there were not enough respondents, or where the results included huge outliers.
Does the Maintenance Loan stretch far enough?
With rent prices still depressingly high, many students have complained that their Maintenance Loan just doesn't cover it.
Student rent costs an average of £125 a week, but the average Maintenance Loan is only marginally more – about £138 a week! That leaves just £13 each week for other important living expenses, like eating, paying the bills and buying textbooks.
82% of students told us they want rents capped in line with what the Maintenance Loan covers.
Meanwhile, other students are campaigning to increase the Maintenance Loan.
Last year we reported on a student from Oxford Brookes University who was petitioning the government to give students in Oxford the same Maintenance Loan as students in London receive.
Currently they receive around £2,500 more a year to cover London's higher rent prices, but as our survey shows, students in Oxford are having to cover similarly steep rent costs.