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Living costs

Find out how much the University has estimated that it will cost to live and study in Oxford in 2020/21.

How much will it cost to live in Oxford?

The lower and upper range of likely living costs for 2020/21 is provided below. These costs are based on a single, full-time undergraduate or 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 one month

Likely living costs for nine months

Likely living costs for 12 months

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Further information about these costs

This information is provided to ensure that you are fully aware of and consider very carefully the likely living costs associated with your chosen course of study at Oxford.

The figures provided are for information only. In addition to reviewing the information on this page, you should fully consider and research your personal likely living costs. As part of the financial declaration process, you will need to confirm that you are willing and able to fund your living expenses at least at the lower amount in the range shown above, for the duration of your course.  

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).


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


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

Study costs

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


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, travel to and from Oxford and fieldwork. If you require a visa to study at Oxford, please see the Tier 4 Student Visa page for information about health costs. These costs are not included in the figures above.

What if I am studying in Oxford with a dependant or other family member?

If you have dependants (a partner or a child) or live with other family members, the following information may also be of assistance when considering your increased costs:

  • The Accommodation Office's rents webpage provides details of the relevant costs of University accommodation available for couples and families.
  •  Council tax information is available on the website and Oxford City Council website for students living with family members.
  • The Childcare Services page provides information about the University's subsidised nurseries. Some UK Government support may be available for (mainly UK) student parents. Information on free early learning opportunities (for under fours) can be found on the website.
  • If you require a visa to study at Oxford, please see the Tier 4 Student Visa page for information about health costs relating to you and your dependants.
  • If you require a visa or an extension, you will need to show that you have a certain amount of funds to support your dependants. Please see our Visas for your family page.
  • If your partner works to help fund themselves at any point while you are studying and you are unfamiliar with tax arrangements in the UK, please check the information provided on the HM Revenue and Customs website.

What might my likely living costs be in future years?

When planning your finances for any future years of study in Oxford, you should allow for a 3% increase in living expenses for 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 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 students

To help with planning your living costs, we have asked a number of our current undergraduate and postgraduate students to share their experiences on the cost of living and studying in Oxford.

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