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. Costs are based on 52 weeks in a calendar year.

OutgoingsCost per weekCost per month
Rent for single room on-campus (en-suite or shared bathroom) £118.50 to £172.75 £513.50 to £748.58
Rent for single room off-campus £128.43 to £161.45 £556.53 to £699.62
Mobile phone contract (average) £3.70 to £10.50 £16 to £45.60
Food (average) £35 to £50 £151.65 to £216.65
Laundry (average) £6 to £10 £26 to £43.30
Books, course materials and other costs (average) £5 £21.65
Personal care and toiletries (average) £2.75 to £3.30 £12 to £14.30
Going out, socialising and hobbies (average) £15 to £40 £65 to £173.30
Clothes, shoes and accessories (average) £7.50 to £10 £32.60 to £43.30
Total* £193 to £302 £838 to £1,307

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. Costs are based on 52 weeks in a calendar year.

OutgoingsCost per weekCost per month
Rent for a room in a shared house in Brighton without bills £92.30 to £150 £400 to £650
Households bills (average for 2 - 5 bedroom houses)
  • Energy
  • Water and Sewage
  • Broadband
£15 to £25.15 £65 to £109
Mobile phone contract (average) £3.70 to £10.50 £16 to £45.60
Food (average) £35 to £50 £151.65 to £216.65
Laundry (average) £6 to £10 £26 to £43.30
Books, course materials and other costs (average) £5 £21.65
Personal care and toiletries (average) £2.75 to £ 3.30 £12 to £14.30
Going out, socialising and hobbies (average) £15 to £40 £65 to £173.30
Clothes, shoes and accessories (average) £7.50 to £10 £32.60 to £43.30
Total* £182 to £304 £790 to £1,317

One-off costs

OutgoingsCostCost per week
90 day bus ticket £138 £10
Insurance £60 £1.15
TV Licence £157.50 £3
Police Registration (for some overseas students) £34 £1
Bedding £28 £1
Basic kitchen utensils £22 £1
Laptop (average) £400 to 500 £7.70 to £9.60
Total* £840 to £940 £25 to £27

*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 £1.45 / £2.55
Main course in campus cafe - meat option / vegetarian option £4.50 to £5.55
Meal deal (sandwich, snack and drink from campus shop) £3.50
Printing a sheet of A4 (black and white / colour) 5p / 20p
One-day city saver bus ticket £3.45
Return train fare to London (off peak) £13.10 to £21.55
1 day in onsite nursery (20% discount for students) £48.40
Cinema ticket £8.50
University gym membership (silver) £115
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 schemes 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 request an appointment with a Student Money Adviser by emailing studentfunding@sussex.ac.uk.

To find out more about costs and budgeting, check:

EU students

If you start in the academic year 2020 to 2021, you're still eligible for student loans, 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; Natwest Student Living Index 2020; and various student surveys. Costs correct as of January 2021.