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10 University Costs You Should Budget For If You Study In The UK

March 22, 2016

With course fees and living expenses increasing in many parts of the world, university has long had a reputation for being a costly experience. However, it’s not uncommon for students to start their courses only to discover they need more money than they originally budgeted for. Here we share 10 potential university costs you need to budget for if you’re studying in the UK:\n\n

1. Societies

\nStudying in a new environment can be a little scary, particularly if you don’t know anyone. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to make friends when studying in the UK. Societies, for example, allow you to meet likeminded people with similar interests to your own. Whether you love to debate political issues or enjoy playing a particular sport, there are so many societies to choose from. \n\nTo cover the cost of group activities and events over the course of the year, you may have to pay a small fee to join a society. Depending on the type of society you join, you may also have to pay for insurance and equipment. \n\n

2. Printing

\nAlthough the library and computers on campus are likely to be free to use, if you need to use a printer you may have to pay towards paper and ink. Most universities provide students with a printing account that you top up using cash or a debit card. \n\nWhenever you use a printer at the library, this money will come out of your account. You can often save money on essential printing costs by printing on both sides whenever possible. \n\n

3. Technology

\nAlthough the library can be a great place to study, you may prefer to work from home. If this is the case, a laptop or computer is essential. If you’ve travelled light and haven’t brought a laptop with you, a new laptop could set you back upwards of £300.\n\n

4. Specialist tools

\nSome courses require you to buy your own equipment. Art students may require everything from oil paints to easels, while medical students in the UK may have to buy stethoscopes and other tools. \n\n

5. Exams

\nOn top of your ordinary tuition fees, you may also have to pay for some exams. Some courses may require you to pay for all examinations separately while others may just charge you additional fees for any re-sits you need to take. \n\n

6. Additional courses

\nSome universities offer optional modules that come at an additional cost but make you more employable. Journalism students, for example, are often encouraged to pay for shorthand lessons and exams. Before you sign up for a particular course, get in touch with the university to see what the course entails. \n\n

7. Books

\nAt the start of your course you may receive a list of recommended books. While it may seem like a good idea to order every book on the list, it’s often unnecessary. Many of these books will be available in your library and other students on your course may be willing to lend you their copies. \n\n

8. Transport

\nWhether you get the bus, train, or tram to classes each day, transport costs will soon mount up. Find out whether you can save money by purchasing a weekly or monthly public transport ticket.\nTo keep transport costs to an absolute minimum, before moving to the UK, look for accommodation that is located within walking distance of your university and local amenities. \n\n

9. Work experience

\nIf your course involves work experience or a placement, you may face additional transport costs along with the cost of equipment and tools relating to the job. \n\n

10. Graduation ceremony costs

\nIf you graduate in the UK, you’ll need to take the cost of your ticket, gown and academic cap into account. If you want professional photos taken, this will also cost you money. \n\nFor more information about student budgeting or student life in the UK, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at IEC Abroad. Whether you need help deciding which course is right for you or you’d like guidance managing your money, we have a wealth of information available for international students in the UK.