Cardiff is officially the cheapest place to be a student in the UK

Suck on that Swansea


Cardiff has been ranked the most affordable place to be a student in the UK by the Natwest Student Index, beating out Durham and Aberdeen.

The NatWest Student Living Index surveyed almost 3,500 students across the country to determine the most affordable place to study. The survey takes into account a range of factors, from how much students spend on essentials such as food, rent and bills, to how much time they spend studying, working and socialising.

It was found that Cardiff was the most affordable place to live, as the most expensive part of a Cardiff student’s life being their food shop which came to just over £84 per month. (Got to love Lidl)

Whilst Welsh students spent the most on alcohol, Cardiff students, in particular, spent £46 per month on bevs.

House hold bills came to just under £40, whilst home entertainment was around a mere £6 per month.

Cardiff students were also found the most likely to have a part-time job, as they were the highest term time earners along with Durham and Aberdeen.

You can find the full list of the average Cardiff student’s expenditure per month below:

But, obviously, I’m still in my overdraft.

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