International Student Cost of Living
Northern Ireland is the most affordable region for international students in the UK to live, work and study.
Belfast in Comparison to London*
- Belfast consumer prices (including rent) are 72.4% cheaper than London
- Restaurant prices in Belfast are 22.28% cheaper than London
- Groceries prices in Belfast are 12.18% cheaper than London
Student Cost of Living - Guidelines
Below is an outline of what you can expect to spend as an international student living in Northern Ireland.
As a guide, we estimate you should allow a sum in the region of £5,500-£7,500 to cover your expenses for one academic year.
Please note for UKVI 2021 requirements, students will be asked to evidence £1,023 per month (for up to 9 months) for courses outside London. Total cost £9,207 (Gov.uk).
Ulster University Accommodation
Jordanstown / Belfast campus |
(single room, private ensuite bathroom)
|£118 per week|
|£115 per week|
|£83 per week|
(included in the above price)
Average monthly rent |
(Ulster Bank Student Living Index, 2019)
£325.90 per month*|
(*One third less than the UK average rental of £486 per month)
|Utilities (gas, electricity etc)|
£35-£80 per month*
|Food / groceries / takeaways||£45 per week|
£35-£50 per week |
(depending on social life)
(can also be borrowed from UU library)
£5 per week |
(costs vary depending on programme of study and modules chosen)
|Phone||£5 per week|
£5 per week|
(depending on campus)
|UU Gym Membership||
£4-£6 per week|
(or FREE to students living in Jordanstown campus accommodation)
Did you know that Belfast is the cheapest major city in the UK for rented student accommodation – over £35 per week less than the national average?
Our accommodation is well priced, clean, comfortable and modern. We offer 2,200 places across and nearby all four of our campuses to cater for every budget and taste.
To help spread the cost of your studies, tuition fees can be paid in five monthly instalments during the academic year.
Scholarships and Discounts
UU supports all international students on a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate degree programme by providing a £2,000 international student scholarship. This is automatically awarded and no separate application is needed.