Cost of Study in UK

Live and Studying Costs & Fees in UK

If you are planning to study as an international student in the UK, you need to be aware of the costs in the UK. There many different cost categories to consider when it comes to studying in UK. These categories refer to different parts of your path to becoming an international student in the UK. Every step of the application process has its own rules and regulations. These rules usually include a cost of service or other related fees. These are the expenses you should pay in full by you in order to receive both your university acceptance letter (CAS) and your student visa. After that, you will have to consider planning for your residence and maintenance costs. In the following section, you will find all the previously discussed expense categories and a short description to familiarize you with the related details.

Costs of University and Language Courses

Costs of University and Language Courses

When applying for a university course or an English language learner course in the UK, there will be tuition fees and course fees to consider. These costs can vary greatly depending on which university or course you will be attending during your study. There are many different majors available at UK universities, each with their own diverse range of academic courses. This situation also applies for English language courses offered in UK. There are basic, intermediate and advanced level courses, teacher training courses (TTC), business English courses and etc. You contact our UKStudy advisors to enroll in any of the courses above. You can visit our University and language course costs page on for further details and course prices.

UniversityUndergraduate Tuition Fee Per YearMasters Tuition Fee
Imperial College London£9,000-£10,000£4,400-£45,000
King’s College London£9,250-£10,000£2,000-£50,000


Costs of UK Student Visa

Costs of UK Student Visa
In order to able to study in any of the academic or language courses available in the UK, you will need to apply for a UK student visa. There are different types of student visas available. You will have to apply for either a tier-4 general student visa, tier-4 child student visa or a short-term study visa depending on your case. During the visa application process, you will be asked to pay for several expenses in order to complete your request. These may include application costs, immigration health surcharge, CAS letter, bank statements and etc. Please refer to our student visa costs page on for any details regarding costs of UK student visa application.

Student Accommodation Costs in the UK

Student Accommodation Costs in the UK

This category includes the costs related to your chosen method of accommodation as an international student in the UK. There are many different accommodation options available, and your chosen option will specify how much you will have to pay. These options Range from University/private halls of residence, house/flat share, private flats and finally homestay with local UK families. You can find out more about each of these options by visiting our student accommodation page on

CityMonthly rent of an apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of CentreMonthly rent of an apartment (1 bedroom) in City CentreMonthly rent of an apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of CentreMonthly rent of an apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre


Living Costs in the UK

Living Costs in the UK
This category includes all the costs related to maintaining an everyday life as an international student in the UK. When planning your everyday costs, there are several factors that will affect your calculations. These may include transportation, food & supplies, amenities, medical expenses, and other unforeseen expenses. If you require further details on this category please refer to our Costs of living page on

Average Student Rent (per week)£100-£170
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre Rent per Month£700-£1000
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre Rent per Month£600-£1000
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre Rent per Month£1300-£1900
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre Rent per Month£990-£1500
Utility Bills (per Month)£50-£160
Broadband Internet (per Month)£20-£60
Books and University Equipment (per week)£10-£15
Food Bill (per week)£50-£90
Gym Membership (per Month)£40-£60


Student Jobs in the UK

Student Jobs in the UK
Finally, In order to cover some of your expenses, you will be allowed to work as an international student. There are sever rules regarding student work in the UK which will determine how many hours you have permission to work each. However, you will have permission to work full time during holidays and summertime. Additionally, most universities in the UK offer work placements to their students which you can use to make up for some of your study costs. If you wish to find out more about this matter, feel free to refer to our UK Student Jobs page on
Research Intern£7,000 – £48,000 a year
Digital Research Intern£10 an hour
Student Internship£13,000 – £25,000 a year
Public Relations Intern£14,000 – £21,000 a year
Digital Marketing Intern£12,000 – £24,000 a year


Why work while studying in the UK?

There are many benefits and benefits to student work in the UK:

  • Make some money that covers part of your daily expenses.
  • Your resume becomes more professional. Work experience is essential to finding a job after graduation.
  • It will enhance your career prospects.
  • Students will find new connections that can guide your future plans.
  • The knowledge and skills acquired during the study are used in the workplace.
  • Through student work, the individual contributes to the local economy and thereby informs employers of the benefits of recruiting students.


Part-time student work in the UK

There is no job specifically known as student work. There are job opportunities in all sectors of the industry, but some types of jobs are more abundant, especially in stores, restaurants, and bars. There are also part-time student job opportunities within the university, such as university bar or university restaurant, which provides information on these jobs by the university or student association itself.

How many hours can you work?

If you are a full-time student, the universities usually recommend a maximum of 16 hours of work per week. Normally, a student’s status indicates how many hours a week he/she is allowed to work:
International students: Non-EU national students are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week and can work longer hours on university holidays (university recommendation not exceeding 16 hours).
Note: If you have multiple jobs, be careful not to exceed the number of hours allowed.
International Graduate Students (Taught course): They are like international students and can work full-time on Christmas and Easter holidays. These students cannot work full-time on summer vacations unless they have completed all their exams and have submitted their thesis.
Research-oriented students: They have 8 weeks of vacation each academic year, which can work full time in this time frame. Working while studying for these students should be in coordination with their instructors.

For courses below 6 months, students are not allowed to work, and for courses over 6 months to 12 months, students are allowed 10 hours per week.


Frequently Asked Questions on the Costs of Studying in the UK

How much does UKStudy charge for a consultation?

Our consultation comes completely free of charge. (To get free expert consultation, fill out the form below)

Can I get a discount from universities in the UK?

Yes. However, this is the case, mostly for lower stages of education.

What is the average cost of studying in the UK?

The tuition fees vary from one university to another, based on your chosen major and university ranking. However, generally speaking, most universities require between 10,000 to 20,000 GBP. Please note that some majors such as medicine may cost over 30,000 GBP.

What is the average cost of living in the UK?

A typical student will need annually around 10,000 GBP to live in the UK.

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