Portsmouth has been named the most affordable city in the UK for students.
The NatWest Student Living Index surveyed 2,500 students across the UK to determine the most affordable place to study, with Portsmouth coming top.
The survey took into account a range of factors, from how much students spend on going out to how much time they spend studying.
Portsmouth students topped up their term-time income by working about 25 per cent more hours in part-time jobs. However they still have time to socialise, coming in at number three as the most sociable place to study.
Edinburgh was found to be the most expensive city for studying, with above average rent costs playing a major factor, combined with significantly lower than average term-time income.
The majority of a student’s income comes from student loans, which on average in the UK are £161.14 per week – four times higher than any other source, including part time work.
After loans, money from parents is the largest income source.
Only 1 in 50 students take fees into consideration when deciding which university to attend, according to the survey.
Other concerns such as subject choice, university reputation, distance from home and the cost of living were more important for 98 per cent of prospective students.
The University of Portsmouth has a dedicated careers and recruitment service, Purple Door, which can help students find part-time work. Click here for more information.