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Revealed: The 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...

most expensive student rent

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Rising 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 LSE, UCL, Goldsmiths, Edinburgh Napier and Surrey have all made the top ten of universities with the highest rent costs.

Meanwhile, students at Edge Hill, Teeside and Ulster get some of the best deals on rent, paying on average £80 a week or less.

But where does your university rank on the rent chart? Read on to find out...

Which universities have the highest rent?

Student rent cost map

The average amount students pay for rent in the UK is £130.59 per week - which works out at around £566 a month.

Just like most expenses (including pints!), prices vary around the country, with London coming in on top and the North, Scotland and Northern Ireland offering the cheapest rent.

London School of Economics (LSE) tops our list, with students paying on average £293 a week for rent - that's a whopping £1,270 a month and 2.2x the national average!

However, it isn't just London where students face large rents. Our Northern capital city also has high rent prices, with students paying around £187 – £254 a week to live in Edinburgh.

Meanwhile, Northern and rural universities tend to offer the best deal on rent. At the University of the West of Scotland (UWS), students pay on average just £44 a week!

Similarly students in Belfast, Hull, Teesside, Birmingham and Ulster all pay under £100 a week for their accommodation.

Search our table to find out where your university ranks...

UniversityAverage cost of rent (per week)
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)£293
University of Westminster£261
Edinburgh Napier University£254
Goldsmiths, University of London£250
Middlesex University£226
University of Surrey£223
University College London (UCL)£215
Kings College London£215
Royal Veterinary College£211
St George's, University of London£196
University of Edinburgh£187
University of Bedfordshire£186
Anglia Ruskin University£186
University of Reading£181
Cardiff Metropolitan University£179
University of Oxford£168
Imperial College London£166
Canterbury Christ Church University£165
University of Glasgow£163
University of Bath£162
Royal Holloway, University of London£161
University of Sussex£161
University of Brighton£159
Oxford Brookes University£157
Cardiff University£156
University of Aberdeen£152
Kingston University£152
University of Chichester£152
University College Birmingham£150
University of Kent£149
London Metropolitan University£148
University of Portsmouth£147
City, University of London£144
University of St Andrews£143
University of Roehampton£142
University of Bristol£142
University of Dundee£141
University of Lincoln £138
University of Gloucestershire£135
University of Strathclyde£134
Aston University£131
Durham University£131
University of the West of England, Bristol£131
University of East Anglia (UEA)£130
Swansea University£130
Queen Mary University of London£129
University of Southampton£129
University of Exeter£128
Bournemouth University£128
University of Hertfordshire£125
Heriot-Watt University£125
University of Liverpool£123
Buckinghamshire New University£123
University of Plymouth£123
Leeds Beckett University£123
Robert Gordon University (RGU)£123
University of Cambridge£123
University of West London£120
Bangor University£120
University of Essex£120
Brunel University£120
University of South Wales£117
Nottingham Trent University£117
University of York£117
Southampton Solent University£115
Bath Spa University£114
Coventry University£112
University of Warwick£112
Liverpool John Moores University£111
Loughborough University£111
Lancaster University£111
University of Sheffield£110
London South Bank University£109
Staffordshire University£109
Sheffield Hallam University£109
Newcastle University£108
University of Leicester£108
Manchester Metropolitan University£107
Keele University£107
University of Manchester£107
University of Worcester£106
University of Leeds£106
University of Nottingham£105
University of Derby£103
University of Chester£103
York St John University£102
University of Huddersfield£101
DeMontfort University£101
University of Salford£100
Leeds Trinity University£100
University of Winchester£99
Harper Adams University£99
Birmingham City University£98
Aberystwyth University£96
University of Birmingham£95
Northumbria University£94
University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN)£89
The Open University£88
University of Hull£88
Queen's University Belfast£81
Edge Hill University£80
Teesside University£71
Ulster University£64
University of the West of Scotland (UWS)£44

Does the maintenance loan stretch far enough?

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With rent prices continuing to rise, many students have complained that their maintenance loan just doesn't cover it.

Student rent costs on average £130.59 a week, but the average maintenance loan is just £138.85 a week! That leaves literally nothing for other important living expenses, like eating, paying the bills and buying textbooks.

83% 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.

A student from Oxford Brookes university is petitioning the government to give students in Oxford the same amount of maintenance loan as students in London receive - they receive around £2,500 more a year to cover London's higher rent prices.

Our city guides for places like Leeds and London have more information on living costs for popular student hotspots. 


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