When you first arrive you are also likely to have some one-off costs. Here are some examples:
| ||Approximate cost|
|Deposit for accommodation
||In the private sector this is usually the equivalent of 4 weeks rent
|Insurance for your belongings
||Basic cover included if you are in university accommodation, but budget around £10 per month if you are in private accommodation
|Police registration (if applicable to you)
||(2 nights B&B) £60
The amount you will pay for tuition each year depends on your Faculty and course. Details of all fees can be found here.
These pages also include information on payment by instalment and arrangements for EU students eligible for payment of tuition by SAAS.
After paying your tuition fees, the biggest cost you are likely to face is the cost of somewhere to live.
The University offers accommodation suitable for undergraduates, postgraduates and, to a lesser extent, students with families. In most cases the rents are all inclusive (e.g. heating and lighting, bed linen, internet access, personal possessions insurance). The majority of University accommodation is self-catered. There is however one catered hall, Wolfson Hall, offering breakfast and evening meal, 7 days a week. Please see below for links to:
Although many students decide to apply for university accommodation until they have got used to the city, there are other options available in the private sector which you might want to look at before you come to Glasgow, or that you might think about after your first year here.
There are quite a number of flats managed by private student accommodation providers in the area around the University as well as the city centre including Unite, Liberty Living and Victoria Halls.
For information on other sources of private accommodation and costs, you can use PAD which is a centralised searchable database of private sector accommodation for rent by students from the five higher education institutions in the Glasgow area. If you haven’t registered, you can still search the database - just email via the link to Residential Services.
Remember to check what the rental package includes and if the contract dates are suitable for your course. If heating and lighting are not included, you should budget for at least £340 per year.
The cheapest place to do your weekly food shopping is a supermarket. Open-air markets are quite rare and are very expensive. Corner stores and small shops which are open late can also be a bit more expensive. You can save money by:
- buying in bulk
- buying when items are on special offer
- buying when they are labelled under the supermarkets own brand or
- by writing a list and sticking to it!
Two of the cheapest supermarkets for many items are Lidl and Aldi. Morrisons, Asda, The Co-operative, Sainsbury’s and Tesco are the other major supermarkets to be found all over Glasgow and are where most UK families do their weekly shop. Iceland and Farmfoods are essentially frozen food supermarkets but they also carry non-frozen items and can be quite cheap. Use their store locators to find one near you.
You will also find plenty of good Fruit and Vegetable shops near the University. Many of these also specialise in international produce and are often cheaper (and better quality) than supermarkets. For example:
- KRK, Continental Cash & Carry, 286 Woodlands Road, Glasgow, G3 for Asian and Halal products
- Solly's Fruit and Veg, 381-383 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G4 for African and Caribbean products
- See Woo, The Point, 29 Saracen Street, Glasgow, G22 for Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Malaysian, Korean and Japanese products
As a rough guide, expect to pay £30-£40 per week for food.
Apart from Wolfson Hall, student residences are all within walking distance. The SRC run a free Campus to Halls minibus service, Monday to Friday evenings during term-time.
If you need to take public transport in Glasgow, a single journey on the underground costs £1.40. A bus journey from campus to the city centre costs about £1.40.
If you live a distance away from the university, the cost of a Zone Card for use on all forms of public transport starts from £696 per year. You can also buy a Zonecard for one week, four weeks or ten weeks.
For travelling outside Glasgow, you could buy a 16-25 Railcard for £28 per year or a Young Person’s Coach Card for £10 per year and reduce the cost of most UK travel by up to 1/3. Anyone between 16 and 25 (or mature students aged 26 or over and in full time education) can apply for these cards.
If you prefer to fly, check EasyJet and Ryanair for good deals, but remember Ryanair fly from Prestwick and not Glasgow International Airport.
Books and stationery
Allow at least £300 per year for books and rather than immediately buying everything new, look out for opportunities to buy second hand books. Your departmental notice board is a good place to start as well as the SRC Second Hand Bookshop in the John McIntyre Building. You can search their stock online at the link above. Remember that you will have to pay for your own stationery and photocopying.
Clothes and laundry
For many students coming to study in the UK the climate will be very different from that which they are used to and you will probably need to buy clothes once you are here, particularly for the winter months. Depending on how long you will be here, you will also need to replace items from time to time. So, it is important that you remember to include money in your budget for clothing as well as items associated with your course of study.
Depending on where you are living you may also need to buy items such as bedding and towels. Also, don't forget laundry costs (included in your fees if you live in University Accommodation).
The cost of keeping in touch with people at home should also be included in your budget as phone calls can be expensive. Overall, you could spend between £600 and £1000 a year on the above items.
Something that students often forget to budget for is social costs. If you're going to get the most out of your time in Glasgow then you will want to go out and see some of what the city has to offer and this can have a big impact on your budget. A student cinema ticket will cost roughly £4.75. Eating out can be expensive, but sometimes restaurants offer special deals in the early evening or on certain days of the week. A local website has information on where to eat as well as some of the discounts available. Remember that most of Glasgow’s museums and galleries are free, so that is a cheap, but cultural, option.
Overall, we would recommend that you include between £750 and £1,000 in your budget to cover social and unexpected expenditure.
This is just a small selection of outlets that offer student discounts. The location of most of these can be found on our interactive map.
Student saving card available for £2, saves money on food and certain drinks
The Curlers Rest, Byres Road
Student discount on certain nights, very student oriented
Half price pasta until 5pm
Student Discount available
Student discount available
Grosvenor Cinema, Ashton Lane
Student tickets £4
2 cinema tickets for the price of one for Orange customers.
10% Student discount on clothing
The key thing to remember when seeking out a student discount is that you invariably have to put aside notions of pride and just ask if they do it. Almost all large chain stores will do 5% or 10% student discounts upon showing your student card however they usually need to be asked if there is a discount scheme operating. Cinemas almost always offer a student discount which will substantially cut the price. You can often also use student discounts in conjunction with other offers - this may not always be the case but it is worth remembering.
When going on a night out, whilst your student card won’t be accepted as ID, you should still take it with you. Most clubs will offer discounted entry/free entry if you are a student with some student nights even making it mandatory! Many pubs will offer smaller discounts if you have the card. Restaurants are usually less open to a student discount, with pub lunches being your best bet if you want a cheaper lunch. Fast food outlets almost never offer student discounts.
Student discounts don’t just end at shops and clubs. Student discounted travel is often available with your card.
It is unlikely that you will be able to get student discounts when shopping online. The few websites that do offer a discount usually only accept NUS universities and as Glasgow is not one of these, you’ll find options are limited.