What will it cost?

It can be hard to know what to expect when your child continues studying. It really does depend on their choices, but here’s a rough idea of what to expect.

Tuition Fees

The good news is that if your child is studying for the first time in Scotland, there is nothing to pay. The government will pay their university or college fees. You will need to apply for this help, as explained in our Money section.

Budgeting: UNaid budget calculator Complete Uni Guide

Living Costs

This is where the bulk of a student's budget goes during the 36 weeks a year of studying. It’s difficult to give one figure, but to give you a better idea, we’ve looked at two student budgets in Dundee.

The first student stays at home and travels to college. The second goes to university and stays in university accommodation.


Staying at Home

Uni Accommodation

Tuition Fees



Rent & Bills












Clothes, Mobile,
Books, etc.







A recent survey found that the average student, living away from home, spends between £5581 and £6339 per academic year (36 weeks). You can see from the example above that this can really vary. With sensible budgeting these costs can be kept down. There is also a lot of money available to help with these costs.

Finally, keep in mind that 85% of students have part time jobs while they study to help meet these costs.

Costs of Living: Stirling Uni Guide RBS - Compare cost of living