Rent and utilities
University halls: £124-163 per week (£4,844-6,357 per year, based on 2015 figures) depending on type of accommodation, and whether you are catered or non-catered. Halls includes electricity, heating, water rates and the internet where available. If you are in catered halls you will also need to budget for the cost of food at weekends and during holidays.
Private accommodation: £95-100 per week (£4,940-5,200 per year, based on 2015 figures), visit Your Student Pad to see typical averages for Brighton and Hove. Rents for private accommodation do not include utility bills or insurance unless otherwise stated in your contract. Contracts are generally for six or 12 months. You will need to buy a TV licence if you want to watch TV. You will also need to budget for utilities, food and travel.
Utility bills: (Water/electricity/gas) £54 per month, unless included with rent. You may share these costs with your housemates.
Telephone: (national and local calls) £5-10 per week
Food/housekeeping: £20-45 per week
Local travel: Bus (Student Saver): £12.50 per week; £115 per three months; £365 per year; train (Unizone – unlimited travel between Eastbourne and East Worthing): £16.50 train per week; £63.40 per month, £190.10 train per three months
Personal belongings insurance: £6 per month
Books/stationery: £5 per week
Clothing: £10 per week (including smart clothes for working with patients)
Socialising/leisure: £10-50 per week
You should add the one-off costs of buying a stethoscope (approx. £50) and travel, accommodation and living expenses for your fifth-year clinical elective, where costs will vary depending on where you choose to go. (A number of bursaries are available to support electives.)
When you live off-campus, you may find it useful to have access to a computer with a broadband connection, to use BSMS learning resources.
A rough guide is to have about £8,500 available for the September to June academic year, including vacations, plus tuition fees.
An NUS Extra card will get you discounts in many shops, cinemas, museums and galleries, and on national and local bus and train travel.