Studying in the UK is good value for money – average costs here are lower than in both the USA and Australia. Additionally, UK graduates are amongst the most employable in the world (according to the QS annual employer survey). This means your investment is likely to result in a successful career.

Still, investing a considerable sum in your education can be a difficult decision. Here are some details on the type of budget you are going to need to study in the UK.

How much will it cost to study in the UK?

Course fees

Fees for UK courses vary depending on your study level and where in the UK you are studying. 

International students can expect to pay between £10,000 and £26,000 annually, and typically an undergraduate degree course will last for three years. Medical degrees may cost more, and many UK master’s degrees can be completed in one year, meaning lower living costs and faster entry into employment.

Check the cost of course fees with the University or college you are applying to. Most often, this information will be listed on their website. 

EU students who start in the 2020-21 academic year, or who have already started a course in the UK, are eligible for ‘home fees’. This means they pay the same fees as students in the part of the UK where they are studying (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales). They will continue to pay ‘home fees’ for their whole course, even if it ends after 2021. 

EU students who start courses from August 2021 onwards will no longer be eligible for home fee status. Instead, each university in England, Scotland and Wales will set its own fees for EU students. Check with your chosen university for more information, and find out more on our EU student advice page.

Living costs

You can expect to pay £800 – £1,300 a month, to cover accommodation, bills, food and other living costs.

For example:

  • around £20-£30 for the weekly shop
  • from £30 a month for travel
  • from £10 a month for a mobile phone contract
  • around £2.44 for a cup of coffee, from a high street café
  • around £40 a month for a gym membership

Costs differ depending on where you live in the UK and how much you want to spend. London and other major cities are more expensive.

If you have a scholarship or financial support, make sure you know what is and isn’t covered.

Which? University has a student budget calculator to help estimate the cost of living in different areas of the UK. Select your university or prospective place to study to get an idea of all costs, from accommodation and bills to clothing, interests and hobbies. 


The National Union of Students card and the International Student Identity Card offer great student discounts in many shops, restaurants and businesses. Have a look to see if you could save money with one of these cards.

Check out VisitBritain for lots more UK student discounts.

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