Dundee is in the top ten most affordable UK cities for students according to the Royal Bank of Scotland Student Living Index 2016. Weekly rent and the cost of a night out are both considerably lower than the national average.

We estimate that your living costs will range from £7,000 to £8,000 per academic year, but remember that your own expenditure will depend on your lifestyle and the funds available to you. You will spend more than normal in your first week or two as you establish yourself, but your expenditure will soon settle down, allowing you to manage your weekly budget carefully.

International students requiring a visa

The minimum living expenses required by the UK Visa & Immigration is £1015 per month (£12180 per year) of study for Academic year 2016/7. This amount changes every year and you should check you have the correct amount in your bank account before applying for your visa.

In addition to your tuition fees you will need to cover the following living expenses:

General expenses

ExpensesApproximate cost per month
Accommodation (private & University-managed*) £300 - £530
Food / Household Goods £120
Entertainment £75
Phone / Postage £25
Incidents £20
TOTAL £540 - £770

* Costs for accommodation will vary between the private sector and flats managed by the University. The range of costs we have given reflects this. Remember that private accommodation fees do not include the cost of utility bills, whereas University accommodation fees do include all utility bills, high speed internet, access to communal facilities, 24/7 on-site security and insurance. Please visit the Accommodation pages for full details of what's included.


Additional expenses

Possible additional expensesApproximate cost per year
Household Items £120
Books & Stationery £250
Warm Clothing £250
Travel Outside Dundee £200
Baggage Expenses £180
TOTAL £440 - £500

Other costs

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