Food and living expenses

To calculate a complete budget, students must consider the cost of food and other necessary items that are not specific to studying.

Food costs for a student living in UCL housing are slightly higher than those for a student living in the family home.

Generally, students take breakfast in their student or other on- or near-site housing, at the family home, at a café, etc.

Lunch can be taken at University Restaurants, which offer several complete meal options, including a vegetarian menu, at very reasonable prices.

There are also many private restaurant options in town, as well as supermarkets and take-out and delivery options.

Generally, students should budget a minimum of €50 per week (not including the weekend) for food.


University restaurants offer a main dish for as low as €3.20.

Many students get together to prepare their meals, thus reducing costs and maximising a sense of community.