International Students

Top 10 affordable cities in the UK for international students

Top 10 affordable cities in the UK for international students


As an International student, you can enjoy some financial benefits when choosing to study in the UK. With more than 395 universities and colleges, offering over 50,000 undergraduate-level higher education courses across the country, it can become stressful to decide.



But the question is: Which city should you select for higher education in the UK?



London topped the QS Best Student Cities rankings – beating international rivals such as Berlin, Tokyo and Boston, yet still expensive for students' budgets, compared to other cities in the UK in terms of tuition fees and living costs.


Below, you’ll find some of the most affordable cities for international students.


Bristol is one of the fastest-growing student populations in the UK. Ranking 9th in the UK in the 2021 QS World University Rankings and then 8th in terms of affordability. Last year this caused the demand in the city to exceed the current supply of student beds, which forced many to find accommodation in neighbouring cities like Bath. Our student housing platform registered an 88% traffic increase in 2021 compared to 2020.


The Liverpool market has grown as well, excelling with several institutions. PBSA's availability has positioned the city as the 9th most affordable, registering a 28% traffic increase in 2021 compared to 2020.


Coventry had also benefited from a large influx of new accommodation and demand in recent years, in response to the University of Coventry rise through the rankings, placing the city as 2nd most affordable city in terms of tuition fees and student living costs.


Bradford is one of the smaller markets, ranking 151-200th in the European Teaching Rankings in 2019. Rents in the city have fluctuated over time, but remain significantly below the UK averages. Bradford remains one of the most affordable cities in terms of costs of living in the UK.





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