The cheapest and most expensive universities in England to take your car

If you're thinking of taking your car to university then you might want to check out where the cost of keeping a car is more than half of your maintenance loan

September 13 2017
The cheapest places to own a car at university

Owning a car is pretty pricey full stop, but even more so if you are at university and are paying for it through your student loan. If you are thinking of taking your car to university in England, take a look at which universities are the cheapest and which are the most expensive for taking and keeping your car. 

This is based on analysis into parking, petrol and insurance costs in the largest cities in the UK, based on this list

The most expensive universities for taking your car 

University

Percentage of student loan spent on parking

Percentage of student loan spent on petrol

Percentage of student loan spent on insurance

Percentage of student loan spent on overall costs
(rounded to nearest whole number)

Imperial College London

41 per cent

6.55 per cent

27 per cent

75 per cent

University of Oxford

45 per cent

8.47 per cent

21 per cent

74 per cent

Sheffield Hallam University

29 per cent

8.40 per cent

29 per cent

67 per cent

University of Cambridge

53 per cent

8.47 per cent

22 per cent

64 per cent

Norwich University of the Arts

32 per cent

8.33 per cent

22 per cent

62 per cent 

Imperial College London is the most expensive university for taking your car, despite the fact that students in London receive higher maintenance loans than students in the rest of the UK. Universities in Oxford, Sheffield, Cambridge and Norwich make up the rest of the top five. 

The cheapest universities for taking your car

University

Percentage of student loan spent on parking

Percentage of student loan spent on petrol

Percentage of student loan spent on insurance

Percentage of student loan spent on overall costs
(rounded to nearest whole number)

Southampton Solent University

9 per cent

8.47 per cent

22 per cent

40 per cent

University of Sussex

10 per cent

8.40 per cent

23 per cent

41 per cent

University of Brighton

10 per cent

8.47 per cent

23 per cent

41 per cent

University of Exeter

14 per cent

8.40 per cent

19 per cent

42 per cent

University of Leicester

9 per cent

8.40 per cent

25 per cent

42 per cent

 The five cheapest universities are either in the South or the Midlands, with Southampton Solent University being the cheapest university to own a car. 

The research was carried out by Car Parts 4 Less, an online retailer of car parts, accessories and tools. 

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