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…
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?
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, Teeside, Birmingham and Ulster all pay under £100 a week for their accommodation.
Search our table to find out where your university ranks…
|University||Average 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|
|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|
|University of Aberdeen||£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|
|University of the West of England, Bristol||£131|
|University of East Anglia (UEA)||£130|
|Queen Mary University of London||£129|
|University of Southampton||£129|
|University of Exeter||£128|
|University of Hertfordshire||£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|
|University of Essex||£120|
|University of South Wales||£117|
|Nottingham Trent University||£117|
|University of York||£117|
|Southampton Solent University||£115|
|Bath Spa University||£114|
|University of Warwick||£112|
|Liverpool John Moores University||£111|
|University of Sheffield||£110|
|London South Bank University||£109|
|Sheffield Hallam University||£109|
|University of Leicester||£108|
|Manchester Metropolitan 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|
|University of Salford||£100|
|Leeds Trinity University||£100|
|University of Winchester||£99|
|Harper Adams University||£99|
|Birmingham City University||£98|
|University of Birmingham||£95|
|University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN)||£89|
|The Open University||£88|
|University of Hull||£88|
|Queen's University Belfast||£81|
|Edge Hill University||£80|
|University of the West of Scotland (UWS)||£44|
Does the maintenance loan stretch far enough?
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.
Are your surprised by where your university ranks? Let us know in the comments!