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Cost of Living

Living Expenses

Undergraduate students will need around £9,000 to cover living costs (excluding fees) for the nine months from October to June each year. Students from overseas may have some additional costs on items such as warm clothing (if coming from a hot climate) and overall expenditure budgets may vary. The Office for Global Engagement provide further guidance on their website.

For Home undergraduate students, the government offers a maintenance loan to help with day-to-day living costs. The amount received will depend on household income and where the student lives while studying.

Please note that these loans are not available for EU students.

Accommodation

The cost of on-campus accommodation varies depending upon the hall of residence. Prices start at £2,618pa for 34 weeks let and range to £6,669pa for 39 weeks let (2016-17 charges). Rent is split into termly amounts and is paid at the beginning of each term.

Heating, gas, electricity, water, basic contents insurance, basic cleaning and a high speed internet connection are included in the rent. The rents are usually set in the spring before the academic year begins and will be posted onto the Warwick Accommodation website as soon as they are available.

Food, transport, entertainment

There is an excellent choice on campus of places where you can eat well at reasonable prices – restaurants, bars, cafes, that provide everything from a sandwich to a main meal. Many of our food and drink outlets are open seven days a week, from early breakfast to late at night. And, of course, all our residences have well equipped kitchens so you can enjoy cooking for yourself and your friends.

You can do all your shopping very easily on campus. There is a large supermarket, open seven days a week, a post office and a pharmacy. The University bookshop stocks all the recommended textbooks as well as a good range of fiction and non-fiction. To make it easier for you to manage your money, we also offer our cashless card scheme, ‘Eating at Warwick’. This allows you to pay for food and groceries across the University, with a 10% discount offered across many outlets on campus, helping you to plan and budget throughout the year.

For students living off-campus, we have arranged special travel rates with the local bus companies, who come on to campus at the beginning of the year so that you can easily buy your bus pass.

Entertainment in the Students’ Union is subsidised, and there is something on every night of the week. You can also get student discounts on many of the events at the Arts Centre.

Part-time work on campus

Over 50% of all UK students take on paid jobs during their time at university. At Warwick we’re realistic about this and try to help you find part-time jobs on campus with flexible hours so that you do not get behind with your studies. We have our own employment agency, Unitemps, that offers a wide range of jobs on campus, including clerical work, web design, retail and bar work.

You can work in the Students’ Union (bar staff, stewards, technical crew), in the Arts Centre (stewards, back stage assistants) or in the Library or the University offices. You might choose to work only in the vacations, helping with the organisation of conferences, or join the Warwick Welcome Service which runs activities to help prospective students make informed decisions.

As well as providing some welcome funds, all these jobs will add to your transferable skills and will stand you in good stead for your future career.

The Warwick Budget Calculator

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Try this useful online tool to help you manage your money through the year!
www.warwick.unibudget.me

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