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Postgraduate Study Living Costs

Here is a breakdown of the average spending for a Northumbria student per month ( Explore each spending category to get a better idea on what you are spending your money on and some advice on how to save money.

Category £
Groceries  116

Takeaways and eating out

Going out  59
Transport  54
Household bills  64
Mobile phone  18
Clothes and shopping  35
Health and well-being  20
Course materials  17
Holidays and events  25
Gifts and charity  15
Other  20
Total  492

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Our Accommodation

We have a variety of accommodations to suit all needs. We have catered and self-catered options, shared bathrooms, or ensuites and even an accommodation with a free gym! Prices start at £94.19 per week including bills to £158.31 per week. You can also explore private accommodation options, but these may be more expensive. Some students opt for living in shared flats or houses with other postgraduate students or young professionals. Some of the prices of these flats/houses may not include bills and will have to be organised yourselves.

Course Materials

Course materials are minimal as we have facilities such as Student Central which allows you to borrow from a range of 1.2 million books, open 24/7 and are equipped with computers and collaborative workspaces. Buying second-hand materials can also save you money. Amazon sell both new and preloved material so may be worth checking out! If you have not yet signed up for a student bank account, Barclays offer 0% interest on an overdraft and a years subscription to Perlego, an online library with unlimited access to over 800,000 books, stopping you from overspending on textbooks!


Claude Gibb is the only catered halls that Northumbria provide if you are not as experienced in the kitchen however you would still need to buy yourself lunch as this is not included. There are numerous food spots in and around campus including Café Central and even our own Subway and Starbucks. You can pre-order food and click and collect using the Uni Food Hub app on your phone. Delicious food and student friendly prices!

Personal Shopping

Being a student has many perks, including student discounts via StudentBeans and UNiDays. Simply make an account and use your university email to verify you account and enjoy discounts on food, clothing, electricals, and services!

Social Activities

Northumbria’s Students' Union offers a great social scene on the campus with three award-winning bars and clubs as well as a venue for performance and live music. They also have over 100 societies which you can get involved in to meet people with the same interests as yourself. The societies regularly organise trips, shows, and socials. In addition, our Sports Central facility has a swimming pool, climbing wall and gym. Membership for unlimited access to the facilities and group exercise classes is a discounted rate of £18 a month for students.!

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If you have childcare costs to consider, Northumbria University has an on campus purpose-built nursery. There are almost 100 places available to the young children of Northumbria students, staff and parents working at some of the University's partner organisations in Newcastle city centre and beyond. Prices start at £39.62 for a half day.

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