Cost of living in Essex

Cost of living in Essex

Studying abroad is a big investment in your future, and it’s important to be financially prepared. As a student in Essex, you’ll enjoy a cheaper cost of living compared to London, while being close to the capital.

Approximate overall cost of studying in Essex:

  • Degree preparation course tuition: from £19,400 
  • Accommodation: from £5,720
  • Living expenses: from £6,138 

Approximate total: from £31,258 

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 £5,720 to £10,250* 

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 £286 to £890 

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 confirm

Example costs in Essex
  • Meal at an inexpensive restaurant | £15 

  • Cappuccino | £2.83 

  • One-way ticket on public transport | £2 

Additional costs and services

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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 tuition scholarships for international students and our partner universities also offer a range of scholarships to suit different circumstances. 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.