Keep it Keele for affordable student living

The Staffordshire town is revealed to be the cheapest place to go to university, according to

Credit card company,, has compiled a list of the top 50 cheapest university towns in the UK, using a variety of factors to calculate their results.

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The cheapest UK university town overall is Keele, in Staffordshire. This university town has the fourth cheapest weekly rent rates in the country as well as one of the cheapest travel costs. Those fond of a drink will be delighted to hear that it also boasts the cheapest pint out of all 50 cities, at just £2.50 (while outside of London, the priciest, at £4.00 is Brighton (no. 34 on the list), home to the University of Sussex and University of Brighton.

Hand in hand with a pint goes the all-important kebab, and the cheapest uni town for those is Leeds (the 10th cheapest uni town). 

The cheapest gym can be found in Colchester (no. 21 on the list) while if you’re a film buff, Loughborough (no. 3) is the best choice, as a cinema ticket here is only £4.50 for students. Unsurprisingly, the most expensive movie experience is in London (no 42-50), where a student ticket costs £12.

Thomas Cross from says: “Towns in the North and Midlands offer great value for money to people who not only won’t have that much spare cash, but will leave their university with quite a lot of debt. Those little treats, like a kebab or trip to the cinema, are really important to students, so it is definitely worth checking out our list to see where their money could go further!”



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