Cost of living in Birmingham

Cost of living in Birmingham

When you study abroad, you need to consider how much money you’ll need to live in your chosen destination. Find out more about the living expenses and cost of studying in Birmingham.

Approximate overall cost of studying in Birmingham

  • Foundation pathways tuition: from £21,780
  • Accommodation: from £6,892
  • Living expenses: from £8,184 

Approximate total: from £36,856 

Living expenses

From £1,023 per month

For visa purposes, you’ll need to have at least £1,023 for each month of your degree preparation course. 


From £6,892 to £12,013* 

Exact accommodation fees will depend on your contract length and preferred housing option. 

* Prices are estimates based on previous intakes, and are subject to change.  


From £474 to £747

We offer EduTravel to all students. EduTravel is a comprehensive insurance policy for studying abroad.  

The price will depend on the length of policy you need — the exact cost will be confirmed in the invoice that accompanies your offer letter. 

Example costs in Birmingham
  • Meal at an inexpensive restaurant | £10

  • Cappuccino | £2.80 

  • One-way ticket on public transport | £2.40

Additional costs and services

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Why invest in studying abroad?  

Studying abroad can be expensive, but making this investment now can bring significant financial and personal rewards in the future.   

People, Person, Graduation

How the University of Birmingham connects you with your future

The opportunities open to you at the University of Birmingham can help you leverage your unique experience when you enter the workforce. 

Any other questions?

Can I stay in the UK to work after graduation?  

Yes — the UK government has introduced the Graduate Visa, which gives international students the opportunity to live and work in the UK for up to two years after graduating.  

Are there cost of living grants available through Kaplan? 

No, however, we do offer some partial tuition scholarships for foundation pathways students who score very highly in their secondary education. Student discounts are common in the UK, so it’s a good idea to make use of these to help you save money while you study abroad.   

Can I get a part-time job while I study? 

To help pay your expenses, you can work 10 hours per week during term-time and you can work full-time during holiday periods. You cannot undertake any self-employment or business activity.  

Is studying abroad worth it?  

Yes! Studying abroad is a great investment in your future and it shows employers that you can adapt to an international environment, making you highly employable in today’s society. It can also help you grow as a person, discover your purpose, and enjoy a successful career.