Household Bills & Additional Costs

Household Bills & Additional Costs


  • Household bills include energy bills for gas and electricity, water rates, TV licence and telephone and internet charges.

  • Check to see which bills are included in your rent - sometimes private landlords will cover the cost of bills.

  • Make sure you know what is and isn't covered when you choose your accommodation.


Household Bills


Gas and Electricity - the average household bill for gas and electricity is around £1053 year (estimated average across the big 6 providers – standard tariff – June 2017). However, this will vary depending on the type of accommodation you live in.

Water - the average annual household water and sewerage bill for 2017/18 is estimated at £395. If you have a water meter, you will be charged based on how much water you use. If not, you will pay a fixed amount each year.

TV Licence - if you have a television at university then you must pay an annual TV Licence of £147 per year. From 1 September 2016 you will need to be covered by a TV Licence to download or watch BBC programmes on demand, including catch up TV, on BBC iPlayer. This applies to any device and provider you use. If you have a joint tenancy several TVs are covered by one licence, so you can share the costs, but if you have a separate tenancy a licence is needed for each set. Note: if you go home for the summer holidays, you may be able to get a refund on your TV licence for the remaining months.

Broadband - most broadband connections will require a home phone line. You'll have to pay around £19 for this, plus the cost of your broadband package.  A standard broadband connection will cost around £5 a month. Faster fibre-optic connections cost more, but may be more suitable if there are lots of people sharing one connection.

Mobile Phone - think about your mobile deal.  It's normally cheapest to buy a package of minutes, texts and internet data each month. Shop around for the best deal, but read what you’re signing carefully, and factor those monthly fees into your budget.

Council Tax - full-time students are exempt from Council Tax unless living with non-student adults. Exemption certificates can be printed from the student SOLE page.  Where a student is sharing a house with a non-student adult the Council Tax bill for the household will be liable to a 25% reduction.


Shop around for the best deals on gas, electric, broadband, car insurance etc, by using comparison sites such as:


Car Parking at the University - 2017/18 Prices

The majority of students do not need a car for most of their time at university. However, there are a limited number of car parking places and students can apply for a car parking permit to park on campus although you are not guaranteed a parking space if you purchase a permit.  
  • Off-peak permits cost £35 per annum and are for those students parking on campus outside the hours of 9am to 5pm during the week, at weekends, bank holidays and anytime in July and August.
  • A Severn Campus off-peak permit is available for £88 per annum which is the same as the £35 off-peak permit but also allows students to park behind Riverside and Arena on weekdays.
  • Car parking permits for those who are resident more than one mile from St John’s Campus (Severn Gate entrance) will be £150 per annum or £88 for the set periods of 1 September to 31 January, or 1 February to 31 August.
  • Permits for students either resident on campus or living less than a mile away are £325 per set semester period or £250 per semester for nursing, midwifery or teaching students.
  • Parking permits are available free to disabled students.
To apply for all types of permit download and complete the application form from and take it to firstpoint where permits are issued.

For information on car sharing visit:

Additional Costs

  • Food & Other Essentials - Students spend an average of £126 per month
  • Travel - Students spend an average of £54 per month
  • Socialising - Students spend an average of £69 per month

figures taken from the "Student Money Survey 2017"