Tuition fees, living costs and other study costs

There are 2 types of costs you need to consider when you go to uni:

  1. study costs – these include tuition fees and other costs such as books and equipment
  2. living costs – these include accommodation, food, laundry, bills and socialising

Most UK students fund their studies with Government student loans. You may also be able to fund some or all of your tuition fees and living costs with a scholarship or bursary.

Study costs

Tuition fees

The main cost of study is your tuition fees. These pay for your teaching, access to facilities and support including the library, labs, computer resources, academic support services, Student Wellbeing service and Careers and Employability service.

Some of your fees also go towards what goes on behind the scenes to deliver your course effectively including the boring but essential stuff like admin.

Tuition fees for full-time UK and EU students

If you’re from the UK or EU, tuition fees in 2019/20 for all full-time undergraduate courses are £9,250 a year. (These may go up in later years, in line with inflation.)

Tuition fees for part-time and international students

Tuition fees for part-time and international students vary. If you’re a part-time or international student, you can see tuition fees for specific courses on course pages.

Paying your tuition fees

If you’re paying for your tuition fees with a tuition fee loan, the Government will pay your tuition fees to us directly.

If you or a sponsor are paying your tuition fees, we’ll send you an invoice when you need to pay. You’ll get a 2% discount if you pay before the due date on your invoice.

Other study costs

There are some course-related costs that aren’t included in your tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them. These include things like books, specialist equipment and the cost of optional field trips.

You can see the additional study costs for each course on course pages.

Living costs

As well as your study costs, you'll also need enough cash to support yourself while you’re at uni. Most students use a maintenance loan to help cover living costs.

Portsmouth is one of the most affordable places in the UK for students. These were average weekly outgoings for our students in 2017.

Living in halls of residence

Item Cost

Hall fees

£95 - £162

Food/housekeeping

£35–£40 (less if you’re in a catered hall)

Travel

£5–£10

Phone

£5–£10

Contents insurance

£2–£3

TV licence

£3

Social costs

£30–£40

Total per week

£175 - £268

Total per academic year (40 weeks)

£7,000 – £10,720

Living in private rented accommodation

Item Cost

Rent

£75- £85

Bills (gas/electricity/water/internet)

£15–£20

Food/housekeeping

£35–£40

Travel

£5–£10

Phone

£5–£10

TV licence

£3

Contents insurance

£2–£3

Social costs

£30–£40

Total per week

£170 - £211

Total per academic year (40 weeks)

£6,800–£8,440

Upfront living costs

Bear in mind you might need some money for upfront costs before your maintenance loan comes through. For example, if you're in halls or rented accommodation you'll need to pay a deposit to secure your room and may need to pay a month's rent in advance.

Make sure you've got enough cash to see you through your first few weeks of university.