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Living costs

How much will it cost to live in Oxford?

The likely living costs for 2015-16 are published below. These costs are based on a single, full-time graduate student, with no dependants, living in Oxford. We provide the cost per month so you can multiply up by the number of months you expect to live in Oxford.

 

Likely living costs for 1 month

Likely living costs for 9 months

Likely living costs for 12 months

 Lower rangeUpper rangeLower rangeUpper rangeLower rangeUpper range
Food£260£292£2,337£2,621£3,115£3,495
Accommodation£460£654£4,138£5,884£5,517£7,849
Personal items£117£239£1,052£2,144£1,401£2,858
Social activities£59£105£528£941£704£1,255
Study costs£35£72£308£648£410£863
Other£19£43£193£402£260£536
Total£951£1,405£8,556£12,641£11,408£16,854

 Further information about these costs

How are these likely living costs calculated?

In order to provide these likely living costs, the University and the Oxford University Student Union conducted a living costs survey to complement existing student expenditure data from a variety of sources including the UK government's Student Income and Expenditure Survey and the National Union of Students (NUS). 

Food

These likely food costs would enable you to eat in your college for each of your three meals each day but food costs may be lower or higher, depending on your personal choice about where and what you eat.

Accommodation

These likely accommodation costs include related bills (e.g. utilities such as electricity and heating) and are based on college accommodation figures. Private sector rental costs may vary and you can find more information about renting in the private sector through the Oxford Student Pad and University Accommodation Office pages.

Study costs

These are likely costs directly related to your studies, such as text books, stationery, printing and photocopying, course-related equipment and materials.

Other

These are small, miscellaneous costs which do not fall under the other categories above.

What additional costs might I need to budget for?

You may need to make additional provision for costs such as a student visa, international travel to and from Oxford and fieldwork. Any additional course-related costs will be outlined in the individual graduate course pages, accessible via the Courses page. These costs are not included in the figures above.

Students with dependants, for example, a partner or child, will also need to consider separate costs related to their family. More information and advice is available on the Living costs for dependants page.

What might my likely living costs be in future years?

When planning your finances for any future years of study in Oxford beyond 2015-16, you should allow for an estimated increase in living expenses of 2% each year. 

What advice is there about living costs for part-time students?

The living costs above are based on single, full-time students living in Oxford. While it may be the case that, as a part-time student, you will not be based in Oxford during your studies, you will still need to cover your cost of living on a full-time basis. If this applies to you, you should calculate your exact living costs to be sure that you have sufficient funding to meet these costs for the duration of your course. In particular, part-time students who are not based in Oxford will need to calculate travel and accommodation costs carefully. Please note that living costs outside Oxford may be different from those shown above. 

Living costs profiles from current graduate students

To help in planning your living costs, we have asked a number of our current graduate students to share their experiences on the cost of living and studying in Oxford. You can read their stories on our Living costs profiles page.