Good to know

  • Home students, and EU students until 1 August 2021, 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 child 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 2020-21)
 Weekly (£)39 weeks (£)
Accommodation and utilities: College Halls of Residence1 202.002 7,878.00
Accommodation and utilities: Private-sector Housing4 186.00 7,254.003
Food4 60.00
Travel (Zones 1–3 with 18+ Student Oyster) annual cost is based on monthly travel cards 30.00 1,170.00
Personal and leisure4 42.00 1,638.00

Total 1  £334.00

Total 2  £318.00



1 Based on rents displayed on the Compare halls page.

2 This average cost includes a contribution to the Activities Fund. 60% of rooms in College accommodation cost less than the weekly average. Average calculated in May 2020. Changes to room offerings and rent have occurred as a response to COVID-19. Please see the changes for 2022.

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 taken from a Student Experience Survey 2021 of Imperial students.

Updated: June 2021

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

Students outside Beit Hall

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.

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
WalesStudent Finance Wales
ScotlandStudent Awards Agency for Scotland
Northern IrelandStudent Finance Northern Ireland

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

Design Engineering student with a robot

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.