Living and accommodation costs

Use our living costs table as a guide for how much you might need to budget for as a Sussex student, including accommodation costs.

Two students talking in a cafe at the University of Sussex

Student living and accommodation costs

You may need to budget for more or less money depending on your lifestyle. Accommodation rates may increase in future years.

OutgoingsCost per weekCost per month
Rent for single and ensuite rooms on campus £91 to £162 £394 to £702
Rent for single and ensuite rooms off campus £124 to £163 £537 to £706
Mobile phone contract £1 to £10 £5 to £40
Food (average) £30 £130
Laundry (average) £4.70 £20.50
Books, course materials and other costs (average) £5 £22
Going out, socialising and hobbies (average) £10 - £40 £43 - £173
Clothes, shoes and accessories (average) £2 - £10 £9 - £43
Total* £144 to £263 £624 to £1,135

Most bills are included in university accommodation rent, and our accommodation rates will increase in future academic years.

You may need to budget for more or less money depending on your lifestyle.

OutgoingsCost per weekCost per month
Rent for a room in a shared house in Brighton without bills £100 to £150 £433 to £650
Utility bills (average) £10 £44
Mobile phone contract £1 to £10 £5 to £40
Food (average) £30 £130
Laundry (average) £4.70 £20.50
Books, course materials and other costs (average) £5 £22
Going out, socialising and hobbies (average) £10 - £40 £43 - £173
Clothes, shoes and accessories (average) £2 - £10 £9 - £43
Total* £163 to £260 £707 to £1,123

One-off costs

OutgoingsCostCost per week
90 day bus ticket £132.50 £10
Insurance £42 £1
TV Licence £142 £3
Police Registration (for some overseas students) £34 £1
Bedding £30 £1
Basic kitchen utensils £46 £1
Total* £427 £17

*Total is a rounded figure

Check our living costs sources section below to see how we generated these amounts.

A guide to campus and Brighton costs

ItemCost
Cup of tea / coffee on campus £1.15 - £1.90
Main course in campus cafe - meat option / vegetarian option £5 / £4.50
Meal deal (sandwich, snack and drink from campus shop) £3.50
Printing a sheet of A4 (black and white / colour) 5p / 20p
Return bus ticket to city centre £3.30
Return train fare to London (off peak) £27.50
1 day in onsite nursery £60
Cinema ticket £8.50
University gym membership (silver) £140
Student rail card £30

Security deposits and guarantors when renting in the private sector

Students who are not living in University accommodation may incur set up costs for their housing. This will include a security deposit of up to 6 weeks' rent. You should ask the landlord or agency which of the deposit protection scheme they use.

Students without a UK guarantor for their rent may be asked for up to 6 months' rent in advance. There are a few private sector companies that offer to act as guarantor for a fee:

Costs and budgeting advice

Our Student Funding Team are based in our Student Life Centre and can help you resolve problems or concerns relating to your finances during your studies. You will get information on funding sources, expert financial advice and practical support, so you can make the most of your time at Sussex.

You can book an appointment with a Student Money Adviser through Sussex Direct, by emailing studentlifecentre@sussex.ac.uk or by phone on 01273 876767.

To find out more about costs and budgeting, check:

EU students

If you start in the academic year 2019 to 2020, you're still eligible for student loans and grants, and you'll pay fees at same rate as UK students.


Living costs sources

Costs are derived from a range of sources including: University accommodation pages; Brighton & Hove Buses website; Natwest Student Living Index 2018; and various student surveys. Costs correct as of January 2019.