How Much Does it Cost to Study in the UK?

May 17, 2017

Culturally diverse, host to four of the top ten universities on the planet and brimming with amazing events and things to do, the UK is a fantastic place to study. Unfortunately, nothing in life is free and that includes study costs. This blog provides an insight into exactly how much it costs to study in the UK and shares some helpful tips on how to save money.

Study in the UK: Cost Breakdown

The cost of study and living in the UK is estimated at a total of £10,133 per year. When broken down, this equates to:

  • £8,354 on tuition fees
  • £709 for travel
  • £1,070 for books and equipment

This value varies depending 5 main factors:

Country of Origin

According to The Complete University Guide, international students who reside in countries outside of the EU should be prepared to pay near-full-cost tuition fees in all of the UK universities as they are ‘not eligible for the loans and grants available to UK and EU students.


Contrary to popular belief, Britain’s capital, London, is the most cost-effective UK city for students while York remains the least cost-effective city.


The cost of study differs from university to university. To find out how much each university charges its students, check out these helpful university profiles.


Tuition fees vary depending on the course you choose to study. Humanities and social science subjects tend to cost the least, while clinical subjects, which require additional years of training tend to cost the most.


If you’re conservative, you can expect to spend around £104 per week on living costs. However, the socialites amongst us are likely to spend considerably more than this.

While this may all seem a little overwhelming and expensive, courses in the UK are generally a lot shorter than their counterparts overseas, so you’ll automatically save yourself a year’s worth of fees!

Tips and Tricks to Cut Costs while Studying in the UK

If you’re an international student looking to study in the UK, find ways to manage your money and build a budget with Brightside’s International Student Calculator.

Running low on money? Don’t worry, there are plenty of part-time jobs available in the UK. Not only will these jobs help you earn a few extra pennies, but they’ll also look great on your CV!

If you fancy a break while studying but don’t want to spend money, check out some of the country’s free attractions.

Check out Save the Student’s 55 practical ways to save money while studying! This helpful advice covers transport, food shopping, rent and travel!

If you want to study in the UK, check out our fantastic range of courses, or contact us today for more information.