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Cardiff is the most cost-effective place to study, while Cambridge is the least cost-effective according to the Student Living Index, produced by The Royal Bank of Scotland.

During one academic year, going to Cardiff could mean the average student is more than £2,400 better off than living in the most expensive place– the equivalent of over 3,500 bags of pasta. A combination of relatively low living costs and rent and the highest weekly earnings from part-time work have won Cardiff the top spot.

The research, conducted in 26 British university towns this year, shows that the average Cardiff student spends £188 per week on living and housing costs, but earns an impressive £131 from part-time work. At the other end of the scale, the average student in Cambridge spends £206 per week, but makes just £69 from term-time employment.

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