Students chatting in Ashton Lane

Cost of living in Glasgow is 33% cheaper than in London

Cost of living

Having been named the world's 2nd most affordable city (Time Out 2022), Glasgow is a great option for those looking for an affordable place to study and live. 

There's never been a more exciting time to study in Glasgow. The city is growing faster, achieving more and bursting with energy and inspiration. With a student population of over 80,000, many local businesses, services and nightlife venues offer student discounts and promotions.

In order to budget for your time in Glasgow, it's best to plan for costs including accommodation, food, books, clothes, entertainment, travel and bills like electricity and gas. It's also a good idea to include money in your calculations for unexpected expenses.

We estimate that it will cost you £11,200 - £15,300 per year to live and study at Glasgow, but it could be more or less, depending on factors such as your choice of accommodation and your lifestyle.

Which? have put together a guide to student living costs to help you work out your budget.

If you find you are struggling with the rising cost of living, our cost of living support guide provides information on the the advice and support available to our student community.

How much does it cost to live in Glasgow?

Third year undergraduate Psychology student Ella shares her experience of what it roughly costs each month for her to live in Glasgow, from rent to utilities to transport to food.

The big food shop on a budget

Postgraduate student Liz shares her top tips for food shopping on a budget! Join her as she does her fortnightly grocery shop in her local Tesco.