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Living costs

Living costs

Sheffield has a relatively low cost of living, but ultimately the amount you spend will be down to your individual choices. Here are some of the main costs to consider when working out your budget.


Your student accommodation will probably be your biggest expense. Weekly rents can vary substantially depending on the type of accommodation you want. We offer a wide range of properties to suit all budgets and tastes.


You won't have to spend much on transport as a student in Sheffield, as most things are within walking distance. If you do need to travel regularly, try buying a weekly, or monthly student saver bus pass. Or, if you want to save even more buy a bus pass for the whole term.

Course costs

Put aside money to cover your stationery, printing and textbooks. You can usually buy textbooks second-hand from the previous year's students. Our learning centres also hold copies of all of the books on our reading lists.


Almost 1 in 10 people living in Sheffield is a student, so most pubs, clubs, restaurants, cinemas and sporting venues will offer you substantial student discounts. Make sure you pick up your NUS card when you enrol to take advantage.


Household or contents insurance is something that all students should take out. Cover can start from as little as £10 per month.

TV licence

If you have a TV in your house or room then you need a TV licence. This costs £150.50 a year.

If you have a single tenancy agreement you need your own TV licence, which you can pay for in full or by instalments. If you live in a shared house and have a joint tenancy agreement then you only need one licence for the whole property.

Find out more at the TV licensing website.

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