Edinburgh nightlife most affordable in Scotland for students

Royal Bank of Scotland’s latest Student Living Index highlights the most and least affordable cities for students across the UK 

Despite Edinburgh’s thriving nightlife, students in the Capital spend the least in Scotland on going out.
That’s according to Royal Bank of Scotland’s Student Living Index which has been published today (Wednesday, 19 July) revealing that Glasgow is the least affordable city in the UK for students.
  • Aberdeen students have the highest term time income
  • St. Andrews reputation main draw for students
  • Dundee students have most expensive household bills
  • Stirling students most fashion conscious in UK
  • Edinburgh students spend the least in Scotland on going out
  • Cardiff most affordable place to study in UK
Students in Glasgow have the lowest term time income (£786.60 per month) despite working above the average number of hours in part-time jobs. Glaswegian students are also hit with above average household bills and receive the lowest amount in Scotland when it comes to bursaries/scholarship. However they also have the highest spend of all Scottish students on going out.
The Royal Bank of Scotland Student Living Index surveyed almost 3,500 students across the UK to determine the most affordable place to study. The survey takes into account a range of factors, from how much students spend on going out to how much time they spend studying.
Scottish universities have both the highest and lowest monthly student incomes. Aberdeen sees students receive the most in the UK from term time work, £220 a month, more than double the UK average of £97. Students in Aberdeen also have the highest overall term-time income when taking into account all sources of money such as mum and dad and personal savings, £1583.80 per month, which is £440 more than the national student average. Glasgow has the lowest total income at under half that, £786.60 a month.
While in Stirling students are the most fashion conscious, spending the most on clothes and shoes in the whole of the UK. Dundee students are spending the most on household bills, £30 more than the UK average of £43 a month. St. Andrews students are the most likely to say they have chosen to study there due to the University’s reputation. While students in Edinburgh spend the least in Scotland on going out: £19.90 per month compared to the UK average of £25.10.
Dan Jones, Royal Bank of Scotland Head of Student Accounts, said: “The Student Living Index helps students to see how they might budget while at University. Our main priority is to help students stay on top of their finances throughout their studies and our Student Account offers a number of features to help students make the most of their money and their time while at University.”
The Royal Bank of Scotland Student account offers a free National Express Coachcard to cut the cost of travel, an interest free overdraft of up to £2,000 and the market leading mobile banking app to help students better manage their finances on the move.
It’s the only Student Account to offer GetCash, which can be used in emergencies to withdraw money without a bankcard. It works by using the mobile banking app to request a code which can be used to withdraw money at any Royal Bank of Scotland, NatWest or Tesco cash machine. Royal Bank of Scotland also offers free Financial Health checks which help students to organise their finances in the most efficient and effective way.
City
Ranking
18th
Oxford
1st
Cardiff
19th
Edinburgh
2nd
Aberdeen
20th
Cambridge
3rd
Durham
21st
Southampton
4th
Canterbury
22nd
Plymouth
5th
Swansea
23rd
Nottingham
6th
Manchester
24th
Liverpool
7th
Reading
25th
Exeter
8th
Leicester
26th
Norwich
9th
York
27th
Brighton
10th
Sheffield
28th
Belfast
11th
Leeds
29th
Dundee
12th
Hull
30th
Stirling
13th
Portsmouth
31st
Bristol
14th
Poole
32nd
Aberystwyth
15th
Coventry
33rd
St. Andrews
16th
Birmingham
34th
London
17th
Newcastle
35th
Glasgow

 

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