Good to know

  • Home students, and currently EU students, can apply for a Maintenance Loan from the UK government to cover their living costs
  • These loans don't have to be paid back until your son or daughter has left university and is earning over the repayment threshold

How much does it cost to study in London?

Costs that your child need to plan for while at university can include:

  • Rent
  • Food
  • Travel
  • Leisure activities

Below is a guide to living costs at Imperial for one academic year (39 weeks).

This does not include tuition fees or extra course costs such as books, field trips and protective clothing like lab coats. Actual costs may vary according to lifestyle and your child's ability to budget effectively.

Please bear in mind that students living in private accommodation normally need to sign a 52-week contract.

Costs for one year (academic year 2019-20)
 Weekly (£)39 weeks (£)
Accommodation and utilities: College Halls of Residence1 1782 6,960
Accommodation and utilities: Private-sector Housing 176 6,8643
Food4  58
2,262
Travel (Zones 1–3 with 18+ Student Oyster) annual cost is based on monthly travel cards  28.80  995.405
Personal and leisure  43 1,677
Total

Total 1  £305

Total 2  £308

£11,798

£11,894

1 Based on rents for 2018-19.

2 This £177 average cost includes a £2 weekly contribution to the Activities Fund. 65% of rooms in College accommodation cost less than the weekly average of £177.

3 Students choosing to live in private accommodation may be required to commit to a 52-week contract and therefore may need to budget for 52 weeks of accommodation costs.

4 Figures are taken from a Student Experience Survey 2018 of Imperial students.

Updated: January 2019

How do Maintenance Loans work?          

Home students, and currently EU students, can borrow money from the UK government towards their living costs in the form of a means-tested Maintenance Loan. The amount will depend on household income, as well as the UK government funding arrangements where they live.

These loans are administered through the Student Loans Company and paid directly into your child's bank account in three instalments (one per term) each year.

Find out more about the Maintenance Loan.

More information

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Loan repayment

Loan repayments begin after your child has left university, and only when they are earning above the repayment threshold.

The amount they pay back each month is linked to how much they're earning, not how much they owe in total.

Find out more about how loan repayment works.

Life Sciences student in the lab

How to apply

Your child can apply for a Maintenance Loan at the same time as the Tuition Fee Loan, through their local funding authority:

England: Student Finance England
Wales: Student Finance Wales
Scotland: Student Awards Agency for Scotland
Northern Ireland: Student Finance Northern Ireland

Applying for the means-tested Maintenance Loan also means they can be considered for our generous Imperial Bursary scheme.

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Extra help

Students from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland may be entitled to maintenance grants or bursaries. These do not need to be repaid.

These are applied for through their regional funding body.

UK students who face additional costs due to disability or dependants may be able to apply for additional government funding.

Would it be better for my child to live at home?

Living at home is one way to reduce day-to-day living costs and the total amount your child needs to borrow.

However, it won't reduce the amount they have to repay per month on their loan. This is because repayments are based on how much they are earning, not how much they borrowed.

It can be more difficult to get involved with university life if your child lives at home. They may feel that they were missing out on an important part of the university experience by doing so.

Find out more about university accommodation.

For more information on loans and grants, please visit our Fees and Funding webpages.