Living costs

It is important to plan your weekly budget so that you have enough money to cover living costs in Edinburgh.

Read our estimated living costs and check the cost of your tuition fees to help you plan a realistic budget.

Money for the first few weeks

If you are an international student and you don't already have a UK bank account, setting up a bank account can take some time. You will need to bring some money for the first weeks.

If you are:

  • living in University accommodation we recommend bringing around £1,000 (single student in University accommodation) in the form of UK Sterling traveller’s cheques and a small amount of cash.
  • You will need more than this if you are in private, rented accommodation where you may need to pay a deposit as well as rent initially or if you are accompanied by dependants.

Planning a budget

If you need further help planning your money, you can use the Brightside UniAid Student Calculator. There is a version for UK students and one for international students.

Using your credit card

Visa and Access (MasterCard, Eurocard) are widely accepted throughout the UK.

Sponsored students

If you are a sponsored student and your sponsor has given you a banker’s draft or cheque, please note that it will not be possible to obtain cash for either of these in the UK and they will have to be paid into a bank account first.

Help from the Advice Place

The Advice Place offers one to one budgeting support and advice. For more information see their website or come in to talk to a member of the Advice Place staff.

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