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 students' 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 £126 per week – which works out at around £547 per month.
Just like most expenses (including pints!), prices vary around the country, with London coming out on top and the Midlands, North of England, Northern Ireland and Wales offering the cheapest rent.
As you may expect, the uni with the students paying the most in rent is based in London – Westminster, to be precise, where the going rate is a whopping £215 a week. That's around £934 a month (1.7 times the national average)!
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In fact, all of the other top five most expensive unis – West London, Middlesex, Royal Holloway and St George's – are situated in (or very close to) London, with the average weekly rent at all of the top four exceeding £200.
The South of England, as the above map shows, is also an expensive place to live as a student. Many of the non-London universities at the top of the table can be found in this region, including Bournemouth University (£189 a week), the University of Winchester (£178 a week) and the University of Portsmouth (£170 a week).
Cheapest universities for accommodation
Tied as the joint-cheapest universities to live at are Wolverhampton and Wrexham Glyndŵr, with students at both universities reporting an average weekly rent of just £50 (about 60% less than the national average).
In fact, the cheaper end of the table is almost entirely dominated by universities based in the Midlands, North of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Students at 20 universities reported an average rent of less than £100 a week, and just one (the University for the Creative Arts, in Hampshire) is situated outside of these regions.
For a comprehensive picture of the cost of rent at universities across the UK, including your own, search our table below.
Rent costs by university
|University||Average weekly rent (£)|
|University of Westminster||215|
|University of West London||213|
|Middlesex University London||207|
|Royal Holloway, University of London||206|
|St George's, University of London||194|
|King's College London||188|
|University of Winchester||178|
|University of Law||175|
|London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)||173|
|Edinburgh Napier University||172|
|University of Portsmouth||170|
|University of Bath||165|
|Imperial College London||162|
|Birkbeck, University of London||162|
|University of Hertfordshire||162|
|University College London (UCL)||160|
|University of the West of England, Bristol||160|
|University of Bedfordshire||155|
|University of Oxford||155|
|University of Roehampton||155|
|University of York||154|
|University of Dundee||153|
|London South Bank University||153|
|University of Edinburgh||151|
|University of Reading||149|
|University of Kent||147|
|University of Exeter||146|
|University of Southampton||145|
|University of Brighton||144|
|University of Nottingham||144|
|Nottingham Trent University||142|
|Queen Mary, University of London||141|
|University of Salford||139|
|City, University of London||138|
|University of Gloucestershire||137|
|University of East London||137|
|Cardiff Metropolitan University||134|
|Southampton Solent University||134|
|University of Surrey||131|
|Bath Spa University||131|
|University of Bristol||131|
|University of Sussex||131|
|Leeds Arts University||130|
|Oxford Brookes University||128|
|University of the Arts London||128|
|Brunel University London||127|
|University of Warwick||127|
|University of Essex||125|
|University of Cambridge||125|
|University of East Anglia||124|
|Birmingham City University||123|
|Kingston University London||122|
|Edge Hill University||122|
|University of Leicester||122|
|University of Manchester||122|
|Leeds Beckett University||122|
|University of Sheffield||121|
|University of Worcester||121|
|University of Birmingham||121|
|University of Greenwich||121|
|University of Chichester||120|
|Manchester Metropolitan University||117|
|University of Strathclyde||116|
|St Mary's University, Twickenham||116|
|University of Glasgow||116|
|University of Central Lancashire||115|
|Anglia Ruskin University||112|
|Buckinghamshire New University||111|
|University of Huddersfield||110|
|University of Leeds||110|
|University of Derby||109|
|Liverpool John Moores University||107|
|University of St Andrews||107|
|University of Liverpool||106|
|Sheffield Hallam University||104|
|Arts University Bournemouth||103|
|Royal Veterinary College||103|
|De Montfort University||101|
|University of Plymouth||95|
|University of Northampton||95|
|University of South Wales||94|
|University of Chester||94|
|University for the Creative Arts||94|
|University of Aberdeen||93|
|University of Lincoln||89|
|University of Sunderland||86|
|Robert Gordon University||80|
|University of Hull||79|
|Glasgow Caledonian University||78|
|Queen's University Belfast||74|
|University of Wolverhampton||50|
|Wrexham Glyndŵr University||50|
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 cover the cost of rent?
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 £547.82 per month, but the average Maintenance Loan is just £540. Clearly there's an issue here, and 60% of students are having to borrow money from their parents, banks and friends (among other sources) to help pay the rent.
It's perhaps not a shock, therefore, to find that the vast majority (eight out of 10) of students told us that they want rents capped in line with what the Maintenance Loan covers.
Meanwhile, many students are keen to see an increase in the Maintenance Loan.
Students based in London receive more financial support to help them cover the capital's inflated rent costs but, as our research has found, this level of expense isn't exclusive to London.
We've previously reported on students petitioning the government to extend the 'London loan' to other regions with similarly high rent levels but, to date, there's been little sign of progress on this front.
One thing's for sure, though: each year the results of our National Student Accommodation Survey highlight just how tough it is to rent while at uni, and something needs to change – fast.
We've got a whole host of ways to decorate your bedroom on a budget, so you can turn your dingy student house into the palace you deserve.