UK tuition fees for international students

 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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How to stay fit and healthy at the university?

How to stay fit and healthy at the university?

Bonnie is a fitness blogger and final year student at the University of Glasgow. She runs an Instagram account where she posts daily about everything from how to get fit and healthy, to giving tips on how to balance student life with social events. Bonnie has just come back from Mallorca where she spent a semester abroad. Moreover, she had previously spent a year in Berlin as part of her degree. We managed to catch up with her between classes to chat about all things health, fitness, and university. So here are some Bonnie’s tips on how students can stay fit and healthy at the university .



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So, Bonnie, do you have any tips for our readers who want to study abroad and keep healthy?

Doing study abroad can be a scary time because everything around you is foreign and new. One of the first things I did when I moved to both Mallorca and Berlin was to join a gym. This allowed me to get into a routine and made me feel more at home. It is because even though everything else around me had changed, I still knew how to use the gym equipment. It also helped me get involved with a group of like-minded people, now friends, and integrate myself into a new culture.


What is your daily routine like?

I like to start my day with a cup of coffee or green tea and take 20 to 30 minutes in the morning just to be quiet before starting the day. I use this time to read, do some yoga, or post on Instagram. After breakfast, I go to university where I spend all day either in class or in the library on campus. I treat university like a full-time job so I try to get all my work done before going home. By leaving my evenings free for going to the gym and social activities with friends, my day has a clear divide between work and play which I think is essential.

How to stay fit and healthy at the university?

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What if I can’t afford to go to the gym? Or if I don’t like the gym?

It’s is a very common but false assumption that you need to go to the gym, or love going to the gym in order to be fit and healthy.  It’s really not the case at all. It all depends on what your goal is. If your goal is to build muscle, then you probably will need to join a gym to access the equipment, but if you just want to get healthy then there are so many other ways to do this. You could try swimming, running, going to fitness classes or yoga. When I started out getting fit, I didn’t go to a gym but instead exercised in my room at home. I watched Youtube videos on my laptop and used my language dictionaries as weights. You can 100% find something that you enjoy doing and is budget-friendly.


“I don’t have time to be healthy.” What would be your response to this?

The honest answer? You have time for whatever you see as a priority, so if you find that you don’t have time to be healthy: you need to sit down and be honest with yourself about whether you are actually making your health a priority.

I guarantee that you will be able to find 45 minutes to 1 hour a day to devote to your health. Think about why you don’t have time. Are you spending your evenings binge-watching TV shows or going out drinking 5 nights a week?

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A lot of students can fall into the trap of partying too much. How do you maintain a healthy balance between work and play?

It all comes down to time management and moderation. I like to sit down on a Sunday evening and plan my week. I think the best approach is to organise your schedule around the fun activities you want to do. Plan your study around going out with friends on Friday night, or schedule in a mid-week cinema trip.  Going out partying and staying up late 5 nights a week isn’t going to be good for your productivity or your health goals. However, going out once a week isn’t really going to set you back much.

What is your diet like as a student on a budget?

If a student is on a student budget it doesn’t meant that he/she has to eat unhealthy foods. Taking the time to find cheaper supermarkets to get nutritious ingredients is a great way to start. I also like to prepare my food so that I always have something to hand. This means that I know what I am eating and helps me stay on budget. It is because I am not buying expensive snacks or meals while I’m out at uni.

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Do you have a go-to healthy meal?

I don’t really have a go-to healthy meal, so to say. Most of my meals are quite creative. However, I try to stick to the principles of balanced and nutritious meals. Food is like fuel, so whatever you put into your body is what you are going to get out. By feeding your body with the right nutrients, your study performance as well as your fitness performance will improve.

A balanced meal has carbs, protein and fat.

When preparing a meal, I think about three questions:

What are my carb choices: e.g. pasta, rice or potatoes.

What protein will I choose: e.g. meat, fish, beans.

Which healthy fats can I eat: e.g. avocado, olive oil or nuts.

The options are limitless!

The bulk of my meals is always vegetables, whether roasted, steamed or fried.  I make sure to always have leafy greens like spinach and kale. I then choose any one of these combinations, depending on what I feel like eating. To get a better idea of the sort of combinations I make and the sort of food I eat, check out on my blog or on my Instagram.

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What is the biggest mistake you see people make when trying to get healthy?

I actually wrote a blog article about this not too long ago.  There is a very fine line between being dedicated to your health and fitness goals and being obsessed by them. Sometimes you have to take a step back and think about it.

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Read the Bonnie’s article here. 

If you could give only one piece of advice to students who want to start their journey on a healthy lifestyle, what would it be?

Just do it.  You will never have as much time as you do at university.  Use this time to learn how to look after yourself and make your healthy lifestyle a habit. You’ll thank yourself later in life.



How to apply online for a UK student visa

How to apply online for a UK student visa

One of the most frequently asked questions we get from international students at HelloUni is about how to apply online for a UK student visa. We understand that the visa application process can be scary and seem like a massive task, but it doesn’t have to be!


We’ve tried to answer some of the most common questions to talk you through whether you can apply for a visa, what documents you need and how to apply online.  Don’t forget to download our free app to browse scholarships and UK university courses.

How to apply online for a UK student visa




You can apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK if you’re 16 or over and you:

  • are from a country that is outside the European Economic Area or Switzerland. Check here to see if you need a visa for the UK.
  • have been offered an unconditional offer of a place on a full-time course with a licensed Tier 4 sponsor. Here is a list of registered UK institutions who are sponsors.
  • Can prove that you have enough money to support yourself and pay for your course
  • You can speak, read, write and understand English




Where you’re studying What you’re studying Knowledge of English needed Level
Higher education institution (HEI) Degree level or above Reading, writing, listening and speaking Equivalent to CEFR (Common European Framework for languages) level B2
The institution that’s not HEI Degree level or above SELT in reading, writing, listening and speaking CEFR level B2
Any institution Below degree SELT in reading, writing, listening and speaking CEFR level B1

On this website, you can find a PDF with a list of approved centers for English language tests.  Check in your own country to see if there are any centers near you.





How to apply online for a UK student visa

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The earliest you can apply for a visa is 3 months before you start your course.

Your education provider will send you a reference number called a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) once they’ve offered you a place on a course. You’ll need to enter this on your visa application You must no more than 6 months after you receive the CAS.

You’ll usually get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks. Processing times for a visa can vary depending on which country you are from. Check how long it takes here..





It costs £335 to apply for this visa if you are applying from outside the UK. It costs an extra £335 per person for any dependants who come with you (e.g. family, children.)

You may also have to pay a healthcare cost as part of your application. Have a look at this website for guidance on how to pay and if you need to.




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How to apply online for a UK student visa


You can come to the UK before your course starts:

  • up to 1 week before, if your course is for 6 months or less
  • up to 1 month before, if your course is for more than 6 months


How long you can stay in the UK depends on the type of the course you are studying.




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apply online for a Tier 4 (General) student visa.


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You will then be re-directed to this page. Afterward, everyone has to fill in personal information, agree to the terms and conditions and then submit your application. You will then receive an email to confirm that your application has been received. The email will also give you instructions on what to do next.




Unfortunately, there are criminals around the world who try to steal money from people by carrying out what’s known as scams.’ We’d hate for you to be the victim of anything like this, so our advice would be to protect yourself as much as possible and only get your information from trusted sources. For this article, we have collected all of our information from the webpage for Immigration and Visas.

The website has a special page with more information about these types of scams. If you are already in the UK and think you may have been a victim of a scam or fraud, contact ActionFraud

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Moreover, if you want to ask more questions about studying abroad or how to apply online for a UK student visa, do not hesitate and join Hellouni community! Register on our website and get in contact with ambassadors from various universities around the world.

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What to Consider When Choosing a University

What to Consider When Choosing a University

While university reputation and position in rankings are important, there are so many other factors to consider when looking for the university. Thus, Hellouni found 5 things besides academic that YOU need to consider while choosing a university.


City or Small Town Living

Do you love the hustle and bustle of big cities or do you find them overwhelming? If you love city living, then you may wish to opt for a university that is spread out throughout a city. Alternatively, you may prefer a campus university nearby to a city or in a town. Going to university in a city provides a magnitude of restaurants, nightclubs, shop, and events. However, small towns often have a community feel and can be a more relaxed environment. It all depends on your preferences, so make sure you choose somewhere that suits your preferred lifestyle.

What Consider When Choosing a University


Sports Clubs and Societies

 Most universities have many sports clubs and societies to take part in, but some will be offer activities that others do not. For example, if you are very sporty, some universities will have national champion sports teams. Whereas others may offer fewer types of sports. If you are involved in a particular activity or have one in mind that you want to start, have a look at university websites. Here, you will be able to to see if they offer the chance to join it. In Scotland, both Edinburgh and Glasgow University have a Harry Potter Society; something that you are unlikely to find anywhere else. It is important to balance the importance you place on clubs and societies with the courses and academics. However, if there is something, in particular, you are looking for, you should be able to find a university that offers it alongside meeting your academic requirements.

What Consider When Choosing a University


The Importance of the Place

The country and city you choose to study in is arguably as important as the course you are studying. If you are studying abroad for your entire university experience, you will spend four or three years in the place you choose. Therefore, it is important that you like it. Obviously, if you are studying abroad, you are placing importance on location. However, you should fully research the places you are considering. What do you care about more: the location being pretty or there being lots to do there? Ask yourself questions like this and pick a location that you really love what it has to offer.

What Consider When Choosing a University


Cost of Living 

Your dream may be to study in a major city like London, but other cities in the UK can be much cheaper. Nevertheless, it also offers a great study abroad experience. Edinburgh, for example, is a popular alternative to London, with much more affordable living costs. Choose a university somewhere you love, but be realistic about living costs and what you can actually afford. There is no point struggling throughout your university years by living in expensive cities in the world. If you budget well, you may be able to make even the most expensive place work. However, just ensure you have a plan and an accurate idea of costs.

What Consider When Choosing a University


The Native Language

This ties into thinking about the place you want to study in. Nevertheless, if you want to learn more of a language, studying abroad is a great way to achieve this. By needing to speak in the foreign language and hearing natives speak it, you will pick it up faster than learning it in your home country. Alternatively, if you cannot speak any other languages, you can still study abroad but should look to places that speak the same language. For example, from the UK you could study in the USA, Canada or Australia. There are opportunities for everyone. Whether you are learning a language or not. However, you should consider whether learning a language is a priority for you during your time abroad.

What Consider When Choosing a University


Moreover, if you want to ask more questions about studying abroad, do not hesitate and join Hellouni community! Register on our website and get in contact with ambassadors from various universities around the world.

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What You Should Know Before Studying Abroad?

What You Should Know Before Studying Abroad?

It can be quite daunting to travel to an unknown country and study in an unfamiliar environment. Here, Soniya let us know just what it is like to come to the UK and what you should know before studying abroad! Soniya is a Masters student studying “International Strategic Marketing” at the University of Glasgow.


Q: When you were studying abroad did you ever experience culture shock? 

A: This was my first time in Glasgow but not the first time in the country. So for me it wasn’t the worst because I’m from Mumbai and my lifestyle here and there are almost the same. In terms of culture and peoples’ day to day life, it’s kind of different from people living in India. However, I don’t think that’s a problem. It’s actually really good to experience the lifestyle here and the people are very welcoming here. Therefore, you don’t feel like you are in a new place or you don’t belong here.


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Q: What was the biggest difference between your home country and the country you studied abroad in?

A: I would say lifestyle again. It is because people here live a different than at home. People here relax more and enjoy life. For them, it’s not just about work.

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Q: How did you deal with homesickness and being away from your family?

A: Sometimes when you face some problems at work or university, you need someone to push you and you need your family for that. Sometimes I need my family and I feel better when I talk to them. Everyone will feel homesickness but it depends on your high and lows in your life. Sometimes its during your struggles and that is when you need a little ‘push’.


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Q: Did you ever experience stereotypes?

A: I think that people feel in a certain way about Chinese people like they are not open and they do not mix up well or they are kind of introverts. I think this affects how people talk to them because if you know that someone is not going to talk to you then you might not put that much effort and the connection is lost. I feel like there are quite of stereotypes but a lot of the times stereotypes are not true. If you talk to them then I’m sure they are welcoming and open-minded.

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Q: Did you join any sports or activities and if so, did these help you to fit in and meet people?

A: Yes I did. First of all, the Freshers Week. I think every university has a good Freshers Week. I am sure my Facebook friends list went to 700-800 in one week so it was like BOOM! If you are welcoming and open enough then it is not very difficult to make friends. I bought tickets to Freshers events as well as social events and workshops that helps you enhance your employability in the business world. I think getting involved does help you a lot. The best thing about Freshers was that there was a lot of things happening each day and if you don’t like it then you could always switch. I strongly recommend people to attend Freshers!

Q: How hard or easy did you find it to make friends abroad?

A: It is not a big deal at all. As I said, everyone are new and come from cultural backgrounds.  However, we are all here for a reason and we need to make friends and get to know each other. I think it is fine and it is not a big deal.


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Q: How much did you pack for your time abroad? And would you advise taking a lot of your things with you or packing light?

A: I over packed. Even if it is for a small trip, I always over pack but this was HUGE and I had so much stuff in the luggage that I don’t remember and it’s just there. Nevertheless, I realised now that I didn’t even needed that.  Suprisingly, I didn’t need to pay for extra luggage but I had exactly the amount allowed on the flight. I was allowed two bags (23kg each) and my total weight came to 45kg. Moreover, I also have so much stuff bought over here as well so now I don’t know how to take them back home!



Q: What did you do about your phone contract/SIM card and bank account in a new country?

A: I had a UK sim card from before. I also had a foreign exchange travel card that I use for all my travels. It is easier to use as the transactions are quite easy. You just need money from your currency and where ever you go, you can use it. You could also just bring some extra cash.


What You Should Know Before Studying Abroad?

Q: How did you choose the country and city you studied in? Why did you want to study there?

A: Like every international student, you have a pro and con list for every university you want to go to. I had that and I knew what I wanted to do. So based on what I wanted to do, I selected some courses that are of my interest and then started to find out what my best options are. Glasgow was my second option. I did this all manually through the internet. Actually, it took me like two months because I wanted to be sure of what I’m doing. I spoke to friends, family and a few people who can help. According to their suggestions and my own research, I picked here.

What You Should Know Before Studying Abroad?


Q: What are some top tips people should know before they move abroad?

A: I learned a lot and it definitely helped me grow a lot. So yes, you should definitely be open to opportunities, meeting new people or getting involved with activities because it is not a big deal. When you are starting doing it then I am sure you will enjoy it and learn something from it because I literally learned other things from friends and not only things about university.



Moreover, if you want to ask more questions about studying abroad, do not hesitate and join Hellouni community! Register on our website and get in contact with ambassadors from various universities around the world.

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Differences between UK and US (for students)

Differences between UK and US (for students)

Although UK and US are extremely similar in many ways, there are a few distinct differences between them that makes these countries attractive to live or study in. Therefore, let’s find out those main differences between UK and US.



UK education system is somewhat stricter than in the US. It is mostly because we have a stricter grading system in place. For example, US teachers may perhaps give you another chance to sit an assessment to get the required grades yet, this tends to not happen in the UK!

There is a bigger workload in the US throughout the year as students have assignments, essays, and midterms. As such, their exams at the end of the year usually worth less than their final grade.

In the US, there are more foundation subjects that must be taken before choosing a major in the second year. In the UK, it is more focused on the main subjects at the start of university.

Differences between UK and US (for students)




In American colleges and universities, there are sororities & fraternities. Whereas UK universities have clubs and societies. In the UK, many students go to pubs, bars, and clubs.It is because the legal drinking age is 18. However, in the US, students tend to host or attend frat parties rather than go out.

School spirit in the US is also bigger compared to the UK. For example, in the UK, although some students have to clothe with their university logo such as hoodies, they do not show it as often as the American does. In fact, Americans are proud of their university so much that they were there hoodies all the time.

Differences between UK and US (for students)


Accommodation & Food

In the US, students usually stay in dorms and have a roommate or roommate(s). However, in the UK, we have flatmates and have our own rooms to stay in. Talking about food, portion sizes are much bigger in America! Nevertheless, US tend to have meal plans for students, which mean that student pays an annual fee and gets food every day from the cafeteria. Whereas, UK students are likely to cook their own food in kitchens.

Differences between UK and US (for students)

Travelling & Transport

It is easy to get around in the UK using public transport such as buses and trains. Although there are undergrounds in the big cities in the US, there are fewer buses and many people travel by car instead. Cities are also bigger in the US than the UK. Hence it is quicker to get to other cities within the UK but takes longer to travel in the US. Furthermore, as the UK is in Europe, it is easy to visit other European countries such as France, Italy or Spain.

Differences between UK and US (for students)

Culture & Others

Although UK and US use the same English language, there are still different terms used for different objects. For example, we use “chips” in the UK, but the US calls these “fries”. Furthermore, we have different pronunciations and spellings for certain words, e.g. color used in the UK instead of color used in the US. In the US, students are often calling teachers as “professors”. Comedy is different in US and UK. British people are more sarcastic!

Differences between UK and US (for students)

Moreover, if you want to ask more questions about studying abroad, do not hesitate and join Hellouni community! Register on our website and get in contact with ambassadors from various universities around the world.

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