These are the five cheapest university cities to be a student

It’s time for the great university adventure.

But with tuition fees, halls contracts and general living costs, higher education is more expensive than ever before.

So where should you go to make that student loan stretch a bit further?

International student guide Study in UK has crunched the numbers on the expenses for people studying at the largest UK university cities.

They analysed student rents, fees and out-of-pocket expenses to find the five most affordable options. Unsurprisingly, none of these were inside the M25.

They found perennial favourite Manchester to be the best value for students thanks to a good supply of affordable property, plenty of budget supermarkets and charity shops and reasonable food.

There are good part-time job options for those looking to supplement maintenance loans, too.

Here’s a guide to the cheapest five cities to be a student:


With one of the biggest student populations in Europe, Manchester is a great city for those looking to study, and party.

Most of the student areas are south of the city, with the main campuses and halls dotted along Oxford Road, carrying on to Rushholme and Fallowfield, popular with second- and third-year house sharers.


It may be an expensive city to buy property, but thanks to subsidised accommodation and a strong student support system – including bursaries for lower-income students, college awards and even a Stormzy scholarship – this famous East Anglia university city one of the more affordable places to study.

Students are offered accommodation in college-owned property for their
full three years, so there’s no need to rent privately.


This Midlands city is popular with students, and has decent, cheap public transport and reasonably priced food, gym memberships and entertainment options.

Students tend to live in Evington, or the slightly more upmarket Clarendon Park, with those who want somewhere leafier heading to Stoneygate.


This north-east city is easy to get around on foot or bike. University accommodation options are good – one halls is even in a castle – and there are good student support options.

Students living out of halls often head to Claypath, Crossgate and Viaduct, but nothing is too far from lectures, meaning transport costs are low.


Northern Ireland’s biggest university city attracts students from all over the world with its beautiful campuses and friendly atmosphere.

It also has great-value accommodation – the Natwest Student Living Index found it to have lowest student rent in the UK. Those living out often head to The Holylands, Lisburn Road or super-cool Botanic Avenue.

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