Finance and scholarships

Tuition fees

The amount you have to pay for tuition fees will vary depending on the type of course you are studying and whether you are eligible for home fees or overseas fees.

Accommodation and living costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you will also have to pay accommodation costs, buy food or pay catering fees. You'll also have to budget for books and stationery, personal items, such as toiletries and activities you'd like to take part in.

The table below provides a rough guideline to weekly costs, but your own costs will be different.

Item Cost per week

Accommodation costs vary across campus, but the typical cost for en suite accommodation is around £130 per week. Prices start at £97 per week, with premium en-suite accommodation rising to £143 per week.

Food £42, may vary if you are in a self-catered or catered hall
Cleaning/hygiene £5.50
Mobile/telephone £5.50
Travel £11
Books and stationery £11
Entertainment £11
Clothing and personal items £11
Total £174 - £281

Undergraduates can expect to spend at least 39 weeks in the UK each year and postgraduates may be in accommodation full-time.


Creating a budget to plan how you will spend your money each week can help you to estimate how much money you will need.

There are lots of tools and people that can help you to budget carefully while you are studying in the UK. There is an online budgeting tool from UKCISA called the International Student Calculator that will help you budget for your study in the UK. This website will help you to:

  • build a lifestyle budget and see how it balances by week, month and even a year;
  • understand how you will spend time as well as money;
  • get information about insurance and banking;
  • learn from other students' experiences.

You'll be able to save your budget so you can use it before and after you arrive.

Reading University Students' Union offers current Reading students free, confidential financial advice and help with debts, funding problems, bank/credit card issues, work and taxes.

Visit the RUSU managing your money pages>>>

There will also be talks and information sessions when you first arrive to help you prepare your budget for the year ahead.

Working while you study

Working while you study can help you to develop transferable skills, as well as earning money. 

The Job Shop in the Careers, Placement and Experience Centre is a dedicated job centre for Reading students that advertises part-time vacancies (usually 16 hours or fewer per week). The University's location in the prosperous South-East region means that students who wish to work part-time have a range of jobs on offer.

The Job Shop works with local employers finding term-time and vacation work for students. There is typically a wide range of part-time work on offer from jobs in tutoring, mentoring, interpretation, translation, to data processing, administration, clerical, and shop work. Wages will vary but you can expect to earn between £5 and £15 per hour.

You will need to ensure that your visa allows you to work in the UK.

Funding and scholarships

There is a range of funding available to help support your studies. A good place to start is the University funding search. Use the form below to see what funding may be available to you.


Staying at Reading for postgraduate study

10 per cent discount or £1,000 off your 'next level' course

We now offer University of Reading final-year students and alumni the chance to experience further study at a 10 per cent discounted price or £1,000 off studying at Henley Business School.

There are also a range of other resources that may help you to find funding:


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