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Expenses for Study in UK


When talking about UK education, most of people will be afraid of high tuition fees.  However, it is a fact that the duration of UK programmes is shorter than in other countries, which should be able to help you save quite a lot of money for living expenses.
  1. 1. Course fees in the UK

Tuition fees for international students in the UK differ from courses (diploma, undergraduate or postgraduate), majors (social sciences or natural sciences), and duration of the course. Please refer to the average tuition fees for international students in the UK in the table below:


Average fees

English programmes

£100 - £500/week

Foundation programmes

£6000 - £8.000 /year

Undergraduate programmes

£9.000 - £15.000 /year

Postgraduate programmes

£9000 - £16.000/year

2 . Living cost:

Comparing to the United States and Australia, living costs in the UK are more reasonable as the course duration is shorter.

Living costs in the UK vary by region. Living in London and the south-eastern cities in England is normally more expensive than in the North of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) requires you to have a budget of at least £1,000 per month to study in inner London boroughs, and £ 800 per month to study outside London boroughs.

Therefore, you should allow around £10,000–£12,000 a year for your living expenses. Here are some of the things that you should budget for and their average prices:

  • Student accommodation: £100 per week.
  • Bills (except in halls of residence, where they are included in the rent): average is £21 per week.
  • Food: £50–£70.
  • Clothing: average is £12 per week.
  • Household goods (including laundry): average is £8–£12 per week
  • Course costs (books, stationery, any specialist equipment, photocopying of course materials): average is £32 per week.
  • Travel (this will vary a lot depending on where you are living and how much you travel around the UK): average outside London is £15 per week; inside London £18.
  • Social activities: average is £38.