If you are looking to study at the best universities in the world at a flexible and affordable cost, then the U.K. is the country you ought to be looking for. Though the cost of studying in the UK is not the cheapest, it is affordable, plus there are lots of financial aid opportunities for international students to apply for.
Reports show that the number of international students applying to study in the U.K. is around 500,000 per year, making the U.K. one of the favorite destinations to study. The Universities in the U.K. are known to have the best research techniques, modern teaching methods, state-of-the-art facilities, and unmatched study programs and courses provided at the Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. levels.
Education in the U.K. is not free, the quality of education provided comes at a very good price (There are scholarships and other financial aid available to help reduce the cost, you can read more about that later the link is provided below this article).
This article covers the cost of studying in the U.K. for international students starting with the visa fee down to the tuition and accommodation costs. The prices mentioned here are mainly to give you a rough estimate of how much it would cost to study here and the figures stated here will change in the future.
How Much It Would Cost to Study in the UK
To study in the U.K. you need to first choose a university in the U.K. apply and obtain an acceptance letter then proceed to obtain a student visa to study in the U.K. you should budget around £348 if you are applying for the first time from outside the U.K. and if you are renewing, extending or switching to a student visa from within the U.K. you’d pay £475.
What is the Cost of Tuition?
The tuition fees for domestic and international students are very different. Domestic students pay a lesser amount compared to international students pay. EU and U.K. students pay at English universities are required to pay up to £9,250 (~US$13,050) per year.
International undergraduate tuition fees vary considerably, starting at around £10,000 (~US$14,130) and going up to £38,000 (~US$53,700), although medical students pay way more. The tuition fee will also vary depending on which city you reside in, the university you are studying and the course program you apply for.
For undergraduate international students, the annual tuition fees in the U.K. started at £9,250 (the US $12,870) and rose to as much as £30,548 (the US $42,500), or up to £64,652 (the US $89,950) for medical degrees.
It is quite different for a Post-graduate student. An annual tuition fee for students applying for a post-graduate study go from £4,800 (US $6,680), rising to as much as £36,984 (US $51,440), or £49,950 (US $69,470) for medical degrees and £59,490 (US $82,740) for MBAs.
How Much is the Cost for Accommodation?
The money for accommodation is as important as the tuition fee. When you do your planning you should create a good strategy of where you are going to live, and have a clear picture of how much you will pay. Students need between $1,300- $1,600 for living expenses per month and the average cost of living in the UK, is around £12,200 (~US$16,950) per year. It could be less than this if you reside inside the campus hostel.
Other Living Costs to Consider
The books you’d use, electricity bills, mobile phone bills, feeding, transportation, and so on are also part of the cost.
For transport, it is advisable to look for houses close to your school or better still stay in on-campus hostels. This way, it will be easier for you to commute to school on foot or with your bicycle which is the best way to save cost. Transportation will cost anywhere from $500 – $1,200 a month depending on the distance.
Feeding is another expense to consider, the average cost of feeding for one person is $2,500 per month. Below is a table showing the other expenses and costs to study in the U.S.
Books and Stationery
£30 a month
£200 a month
Clothes and footwear