Stranmillis University College

Cost of Living

Northern Ireland is recognised by the British Council as having the lowest cost of living in the United Kingdom. As a guide you should allow in the region of £7,500 to cover your personal expenses during an academic year. Estimated expenses for a full 12-month calendar year are in the region of £10,000 (in addition to tuition fees). For immigration purposes, non-EU students will be required to show evidence of funds to cover living expenses.

Costs of living in Belfast will depend largely on your lifestyle and your student money budgets. Some students spend much more than others! Figures should be used as a guide and are based on local knowledge and NUS average figures on average student experience.


The currency in Belfast is the British pound (sterling) (GBP), with one hundred pence (p) to each pound. Notes are issued in the value of GBP50, GBP20, GBP10 and GBP5, and coins to the value of GBP2, GBP1, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, and 1p. Value Added Tax (VAT) is a 20 per cent tax which is payable on most retail purchases.