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Durham University is 'best value for money'

21st June 2013

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A new poll, conducted by estate agent Haart, has shown that Durham University is the ‘best value for money’ for students.

The research, based on the elite Russell Group of 24 universities, suggests that Durham is the best value university in the country due to its high rankings in league tables and comparatively low rental costs.

At the other end of the table Cambridge and Bristol beat London into third place as the UK’s most expensive student cities with students paying on average £97 a week on rent in Cambridge, and £96 in Bristol.

This contrasts the average rental cost in Durham which was calculated to be just £62 per week, as well as the university placing fifth in the academic rankings.

The University of Liverpool had the lowest rental costs of all universities investigated, costing £52.45 per week.

Unsurprisingly rental prices in London are greater than outside with the research showing that renting in the capital is £2,236 more expensive.  

Perhaps of more concern to students though, is that this disparity between north and south even affects the average cost of a pint of beer.

The most expensive student pint can be found at London’s universities, where students pay an average of £3.60 for a lager. This is over a pound more than their counterparts in Leeds would expect to pay. 

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