University finance

University fees and funding

Whatever type of course you study with us, finance will always be an important factor. There are costs to be met but there are also possible sources of funding: loans and grants, bursaries and scholarships. And there is always advice available, through the University and through national online resources. We have created several sources that cover everything you need to know from fees and funding to a university budget calculator to help you keep track of your spending.

Budgeting checklist for university

There can be a massive difference in the costs you face depending on where you choose to study. One of the great advantages of studying at Leicester is that your money will go further. Leicester has been recognised as one of the UK’s most affordable student destinations, meaning you will be studying in one of the best value cities for accommodation, food and other living costs. To help illustrate this, we’ve created a sample university budget below.

The costs below are approximate for UK and EU students and you should use them as a guide.




Food and drink




Mobile phone and internet




TV licence






Books and equipment








Other expenses

Estimated monthly total is:

This is £242.25 per week or £8,721 over the academic year.

Personalise your costs

University budgeting top tips

It’s important to spend some time thinking about how to manage your money while studying. Budgeting your 'living costs' is a great way to ensure your university funds last throughout the year. To help with this, we’ve created some budgeting top tips to teach you how to account for tuition, university fees, and living costs. We also have a handy university budget calculator to help you estimate your costs.

More top budgeting tips

Our pick of the best advice on how to make your money go further.

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