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The living costs of your postgraduate studies

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The living costs of your postgraduate studies

It’s hard to give a precise figure for the living costs of your postgraduate studies, since it depends on your needs and lifestyle.

However, we suggest you should think in terms of a minimum of £11,000 for a single person on campus, per year, to cover accommodation, food, personal expenses, study-related costs and some limited travel.

International students will also need to take into account various settling-in expenses, including travel to and within the UK, visas and travel and health insurance.

Where does your money go?

We estimate that you’ll need £11,000-£13,000 per year in living expenses. This figure can be roughly broken down into:

  • Accommodation - £5,300-£8,500 for a contract of up to 50 weeks in our halls of residence. Costs for private off-campus accommodation will vary.
  • Transport – This depends on where you choose to live. From a residence in Staines-upon-Thames, it’ll cost £20 a week to get to campus. You can buy a daily travelcard for classes in London. For discounted fares, buy a student railcard.
  • London - Some MA students have regular classes in London, while virtually all postgraduate students will need to use London libraries and visit exhibitions and museums.
  • Food – You can expect to spend around £30 to £35 a week on basics, to which can be added occasional treats, such as a shop-made sandwich or takeaway.
  • Social life - Students’ Union tickets at Royal Holloway normally cost £5. Most students spend around £20 a week.
  • Books – This depends on the field and type of study. Science books can be more expensive than books in the humanities. Therefore, it can be anything from £60 to £250 per year, with MA students usually towards the lower end of the scale.
  • Tuition fees cover all academic-related costs such as teaching and supervision, use of library and computing facilities, examinations (excluding re-sit examinations) and administration.


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