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Revealed: which university’s students spend the most?

New data shows which students have to pay the highest living costs. Here's how much students at your uni spend in an average month...

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Save the Student's National Student Money Survey 2019 has revealed which uni's students spend the most – and least.

We asked 3,385 students how much they spent each month on expenses including going out, food, clothes, mobile phone contracts and more, and the results are pretty interesting.

Excluding rent, students spend on average £376 a month, with the biggest chunk of that (£92) going on groceries.

They also spend on average £49 a month on going out, as well as £44 on transport and £31 on clothes and shopping.

Want to find out how much money students at your university spend? Use our table below to find your uni and see how you compare to the average.

What do students spend their money on?

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Keeping track of your money at uni is hard. If you're lucky enough to have any left over after you've paid rent, there's still bills, food, books and, god forbid, a social life to pay for.

Our survey found that food sucks up most students' spending outside of rent, with Surrey and LSE students spending the most on groceries each month.

Meanwhile, Liverpool Hope and Greenwich came out as the biggest party animals, spending the most on socialising each month.

Students at Staffordshire and Winchester, however, spend the least on socialising at just £21 a month.

Household bills were also a big expense for many students – costing as much as £81 a month in Teesside.

Among other big expenses for many were mobile phone contracts and travel.

Average student spending per month

Surprisingly, only one of the universities in the top 10 for total spending is based in London – University of the Arts London.

Instead, two of the top 10 spenders are Scottish universities (Dundee and Aberdeen). And, students at Queen's University Belfast also generally spend way above the average.

Meanwhile, those at Lincoln and St Andrews spend less than the national average, at around £250 a month.

At some unis, the average cost of bills is very low (£1 at Lancaster!) – but bear in mind that these figures are averages. A lot of students' bills will be included in their rent, so for all intents and purposes, their bills cost £0.

The table below lists all universities and the average that students spend on living costs, after rent. How do you compare to your classmates?

 Total (£)Groceries (£)Takeaways & eating out (£)Socialising (£)Travel (£)Bills (£)Mobile phone (£)Clothes (£)Health & wellbeing (£)Course materials (£)Holidays & events (£)Gifts & charity (£)Illegal substances (£)Other (£)
Liverpool Hope6758353981357347735141151780
Cumbria575875155826718139174190128
University of the Arts London57211044581002524491481581000
Dundee557110255864642634722948460
Open University545136424562873136182027101119
Worcester53268243468212634618111220100
Aberdeen5261313754582917502385311100
Teesside522113419271812534923191400
Northumbria51310143535154204318118711615
Queen's Belfast502994255953022581221491360
Westminster4961253944107601533132528900
Manchester Met4931044268564020352017631494
Anglia Ruskin493114637880717521652619213
Greenwich491104729755281827172452223
Cambridge483107566832624582082014070
Hertfordshire4699736416354214318294312012
Bedfordshire46286304155663744194035800
Queen Mary458945540702720439185012020
King's College London454116664967271237123816408
Birmingham City453725268672521431829361208
Glasgow Caledonian4459951526842234312101911015
Robert Gordon4439539615340266310837424
St George's4421145963871129231411416013
Surrey442155336143391727161124970
Middlesex4399471427367152272228017
Stirling4361303346765812271010171800
Arts University Bournemouth435883031424814443056321433
Essex43112855526742182413138730
UCL4319249456255173111654810
Salford430924041922820431237121300
Aston429813149364519451540561110
Wolverhampton4278732434126141923621411100
Imperial College London42011430577848717892710015
Huddersfield42010751603825195218269960
Edinburgh Napier41910149455830252718112113120
Durham416127467017271548188231800
Liverpool John Moores413113376246292431111141710
University for the Creative Arts41090252657362130145958040
Ulster409703936621728472141261490
St Mary's4055028236029192315216819050
York St John404131444326611626612149015
Bath40211032573942143417835932
Edge Hill401883659671522371211361700
Kent39779385236352133132032121115
Chester396993137568019246828701
Brunel395100295746242157341011700
Heriot-Watt39066396484122438201619900
Brighton39085266256421726911199228
Hull3851062748511824262315298110
Newcastle385803846292916291111214467
Queen Margaret3817737685523733222328700
Grand Total3769234484432173113152410411
West of England, Bristol37494314054402227818188411
South Wales3738838536143281671619400
Nottingham Trent372982773401820291210161198
Sheffield Hallam36978314536718371674114337
UCLan3677038483415175418201618200
Bournemouth36692345227541630121122619
Goldsmiths361852338553413331925241200
LSE35714156364024829566600
Warwick355893331434012321522241310
Bristol35497305223441427108328100
Bath Spa3527431434324243315142412150
Roehampton3521024339692592311104690
Bangor348661736345523211029441200
Leeds Trinity3381203831425612813221130
Portsmouth3389242533822142812913924
Kingston3356643393429214818179930
Oxford Brookes33394393421451518521171473
Nottingham3329337562332162713612619
Leeds33093285423331624101015869
Swansea32887304540171931912221320
Plymouth327982836362217261422151212
Aberystwyth32794294019212329211492107
Reading3239029424336142512813516
Sheffield32285324323351731179111154
Southampton322863437232419331462111112
Liverpool32186266231111728117145220
Sussex320902949482716219711940
Loughborough31984354327161530179106422
Keele3159326455014242165201000
East Anglia31295183330341230137196115
Exeter31181263734291328141227920
Leeds Beckett311682752444114278814710
Birmingham31177254536251329146241242
Cardiff3108827472440112814613930
De Montfort310674252371627287911580
Royal Veterinary College309771839381416382011152300
Manchester30888314528261133101115640
York306862453212015291142111210
Edinburgh3057934412430142414723914
Staffordshire3059521193337211843216900
Glasgow304993444242792378161050
Strathclyde30379274441201722111814407
Coventry30111621312636142211312513
Royal Holloway30097213329241623149201300
Cardiff Metropolitan2986631532613144115526600
Canterbury Christ Church29872144944351221131511850
Derby2967926324828152481088010
Ravensbourne29536212894151618831114013
Oxford292133254281851818511800
Lancaster29187254329116261324151010
Leicester2897838353524172111613731
Gloucestershire28381293341101428101713720
Southampton Solent27182243238162933870300
Winchester269652121562723209710900
St Andrews256992624162714233613500
Lincoln25279222645412269891000

 

Check out episode two of our podcast for tips on saving money on food.

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