Dundee named cheapest city for students in Scotland

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Dundee is the cheapest student city in Scotland, according to new figures.

A Royal Bank of Scotland report says students in the City of Discovery enjoy a cheaper existence than peers throughout the rest of Scotland.

Dundee also made it into the top 10 most financially friendly student cities.

Edinburgh is the most expensive city in the UK for students, according to RBS’s student living index.

Portsmouth topped the index as the most cost-effective city, followed by Liverpool and Newcastle.

The news was welcomed by Dundee University Students’ Association (DUSA) spokesman Andrew Stewart, who said: “We are delighted with the low cost of living, the best students’ association in Scotland and the huge number of opportunities on offer for students both on and off campus, it is a great student city to come and study in.”

The index surveyed 2,500 students across the UK to determine the most and least affordable places to study.

The survey took into account a range of factors, including living and accommodation costs and average incomes for students.

It also looked at how much students spend on going out and how much time they spend studying.

Students in Edinburgh pay an average weekly rent of £112 and earn an average term-time income of just £995.

The affordability of Portsmouth, Liverpool and Newcastle was boosted by students in all three cities having the highest term-time incomes of around £1,515, £1,425 and £1,421 respectively.

The three cities also have lower weekly rent costs than the UK average of £109, contributing to their affordability.

Elsewhere, the survey found that students at Cambridge and Oxford spend the most time studying each week, at just over 47 and 40 hours respectively- compared with a UK average of almost 31 hours.

Students in Leicester studied the least at just over 24 hours.

York is where students enjoy the most nights out, with students in the city spending almost 12 hours a week socialising.

Meanwhile, Newcastle students are the biggest weekly spenders on alcohol at £9.32, with Birmingham students spending the least at £4.12.

Commenting on the figures, Dan Jones, Royal Bank of Scotland head of student accounts, said: “Making the most of university can be expensive and there is a massive difference in the costs students face depending on where they choose to study.”

To see the full results of the survey visit personal.rbs.co.uk/personal/life-moments/student-living-index.html


The index in order of affordability:

1 Portsmouth

2 Liverpool

3 Newcastle

4 Belfast

5 Exeter

6 York

7 Cardiff

8 Nottingham

9 Birmingham

10 Dundee

11 Manchester

12 Norwich

13 Leicester

14 Brighton

15 Reading

16 Glasgow

17 Leeds

18 Bristol

19 London

20 Sheffield

21 Plymouth

22 Oxford

23 Cambridge

24 Southampton

25 Edinburgh