Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Low Living Costs for Sunderland Students

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Low Living Costs for Sunderland Students

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Byline: Sean Seddon Sunderland Reporter sean.seddon@trinitymirror.com

SUNDERLAND is officially one of the cheapest places in the English-speaking world to live as a student.

Only nine cities in the UK, US and Australia provide more affordable accommodation for people in education, a study has found.

With an average weekly spend of about PS95, Sunderland students are virtually guaranteed to get good value for money on their housing.

The analysis was carried out by Student.com, the world's largest marketplace for student accommodation, and released in a report called 'Cities in Focus: Global Student Accommodation Indicator'.

It looked at what students spend on average for accommodation per week across 92 cities in the UK, US and Australia.

Analysts looked at what a sample group of 8,000 students were forking out on accommodation over 40 weeks or more between November 1, 2015 to October 31, 2016.

Of the 10 cheapest cities in the world for students, three are in the UK.

Coming in at number 10 on the list, Sunderland is slightly pricier than Dundee, which is ninth-cheapest, while Hull leads the way for low-priced accommodation.

At about PS86 a week, only Auburn in Alabama, Athens in Georgia and Tallahassee in Florida are cheaper than Hull for student housing.

Similarly, of the most expensive cities to be a student, three are in the UK - London, Oxford and Cambridge.

The list was topped by two US cities, New York and Boston.

With an average spend of PS144 per week, Newcastle is the 17th most expensive city in the study.

Luke Nolan, founder and CEO of Student.com, said: "It's evident that the big urban centres around the world remain huge magnets for both international and domestic students. "On average, students pay more to live in these cities, but that's not to say that there aren't more affordable options available. …

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