Study in the UK: Which cities help you save most? - Blog - International Alumni Job Network
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Mon Jul 23 2018 07:39:51 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Studying abroad is a journey that you'd like to plan as best as you can. Every student studying abroad is somewhat concerned about costs, and would consider study options that help them save. And if you have chosen UK to be your destination, here are the cities where you can save more during your journey! 

Cardiff - The Welsh capital - has been identified as the cheapest city in the UK for students to live in. Next on the list are Aberdeen and Durham, labelled as the most cost-effective cities for students, according to the latest Natwest Student Living Index.

The research surveyed almost 3,500 students across 35 popular university cities to determine the most affordable place to study. It examined a number of different factors such as how much students spend on food, rent and bills, how much time they spend studying, working and socializing, and how much term-time income they receive.

The biggest expenditure for students is food shopping, toiletries and household items, spending an average of £78.10 a month. The average student spends £43.30 a month on going out and socialising with friends.

In terms of budgeting, 65 per cent of students either budget carefully and keep track of their spending, or try to budget but don't always stick to it. Some 29 per cent of the respondents do not budget at all but say that they’re not frivolous with their money, and only six per cent do not consider what they’re spending at all.

What about study options in these cities?

Studying in Cardiff: There are currently ten universities operating in Wales, four of which featured in both the Times Higher Education World University Rankings; and the QS World University Rankings in 2016-2017.

Your options in Cardiff are:

Cardiff University - founded in 1883 as the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire.

University of South Wales - originally founded in 1841

University of Wales, Trinity Saint David - located in Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion,

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Universities you'd like to study in Aberdeen: 

University of Aberdeen: The Complete University Guide 2019 has ranked the University of Aberdeen as a top 30 UK University. With over 75% of the University's research is classified as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent', University of Aberdeen is a great option when you choose to study in the UK.

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Robert Gordon University is the top university in Scotland for graduate prospects, with an international reputation for management, health, energy & technology courses.

Durham - voted 3rd cheapest city to study in the UK

Of course, there's the Durham University - a collegiate public research university in Durham. The university was founded by an Act of Parliament in 1832 and granted a Royal Charter in 1837.

In the 2019 Complete University Guide, Durham University is ranked 6th in the UK. The university's English department has been ranked top in this Guide for the past six years, and this time, it is joined in the first place by the University's Music department.

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