Note before: Fees are subject to change and this article does not reflect any changes made to university fee guidelines after its publication date.

Deciding where to study in the UK is one of the biggest dilemmas faced by international and UK-born students alike. If you have already been thinking seriously about studying in the UK, one of your main concerns may have been the cost of study. The UK’s world-renowned universities accept thousands upon thousands of new applicants every year from all around the globe. This means that competition for places at the top universities is high and they can charge up to £50,130 per year for certain courses.[1] This article aims to help you to decide whether studying in the UK is the right decision for you and how to finance your higher education.

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A major concern for most internationals students is whether the cost of tuition fees will be worth it in the long term, i.e will it help you in your future career plans.

  • The UK course fees for international students vary greatly.
  • Usually it is dependent on what university or institution you will be studying at
  • It can also depend on what course you are studying, as well as how long your course is.
  • For some students, you may be entitled to some help to cover the costs of tuition fees from your home country. Download our app to find out what scholarships you may be eligible for.

Average Cost for Undergraduate Degree Programmes

Undergraduate courses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland run for an average of 3 years, but this can depend on what time of course you are taking where it may be longer i.e. Medicine or Dentistry. Undergraduate degree courses in Scotland typically take 4 years to complete.

UK tuition fees are frequently under the media spotlight, following price hikes for home students (UK/EU) in recent years, including the latest news that English universities will charge home/EU students up to £9,250 (~US$11,380) per year from autumn 2017.

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International undergraduate tuition fees vary. They start at around £10,000 (~US$12,300) and can go up to £35,000 (~US$43,100) or more for medical degrees.

If you are thinking of studying an English language program in the UK, you need to check whether your course is accredited.

Cost of Living in the UK

According to the UK’s National Union of Students (NUS), the average cost of living in England (outside of London) for students is UK£12,056 (~US$14,800) per year. Most students should expect to spend around £150 (~US$180) per month on food and groceries, that is £1,350 (~US$1,660) per academic year.

If you wish to study in London, you should expect to pay £15,180 (~US$18,700) per year for food and groceries.

If you need to apply for a visa to live in the UK: you will need to provide evidence that you can afford to financially support yourself while you are here. Read more about how to apply online in our Visa blog.

When you combine the cost of tuition fees with the cost of living in the UK, the total average cost comes to at least £22,000 (~$27,040) per year. 

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Sources:

https://www.gov.uk/education/funding-and-finance-for-students#/education/student-grants-bursaries-scholarships

https://www.gov.uk/student-finance-calculator

https://www.topuniversities.com/student-info/student-finance/how-much-does-it-cost-study-uk

http://www.savethestudent.org/international-students/international-student-fees.html

https://www.theguardian.com/money/2013/feb/15/paying-for-university

[1] https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/international-students/fees