Accommodation & Living Costs

It's important to consider accommodation, living costs and how you are going to manage your money prior to enrolment. Figures can vary hugely between students, but this page is designed to help you understand what such costs might be for you at Falmouth University.


First year students often choose to stay in university owned or managed accommodation, and the cost of this can vary hugely dependant on a student's needs and preferences. Second and third students usually choose to live in privately owned houses in Penryn and Falmouth. These too can vary in cost dependant upon size, location and specification.

The price of university-owned/managed accommodation, including most bills, ranges from £80 - £176 per week. 

Living costs

Students in university-owned accommodation will usually have their bills included in their rent. Often students will work part-time in order to supplement their spending.

Living costs will vary, but below are some example figures of living costs (per week):

  • Food £35
  • Social £25
  • Commuting £10
  • Household £10
  • Mobile £5

Course costs

Remember that the other significant factor to consider are your course costs (materials, trips, extra equipment etc). A guide to these costs can be found under the 'Fees, Costs and Funding' tab on each course page. 

In addition, we recommend that you read the most recent Welcome Letter for your course, which details course costs for year one. 

Budgeting for university

Before enrolling in a university course, it is important that you try to do a budget. This will help establish what you can afford and what funding you need to apply for. It will also give you an idea of how much money you have to spend each week. 

How to make a student budget

Assuming that fees are already paid, below are a few suggestions of things to think about when working out your budget:

  • How much you have to spend: This will include loans, bursaries, and income from a part-time job. If you are not getting 'full support' from the government, then this should also include a contribution from your household/parents.
  • What your likely costs are: See information above on living costs and course costs. You can put a weekly cap on certain types of spending. for example, nights out or takeaways.
  • Compare your income to your costs: Does your income cover the majority of your expenditure? Remember, if your household income is over £25,000pa, then the government is expecting your household/parents to make a contribution.