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Cost of Living in UK

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Study in UK is significantly less expensive compared to programs in other top destinations for international students, including the United States. Students can save money by paying lesser every year. Also, most programs in the UK are shorter in length, which can decrease total tuition by a large amount. This adds up to savings which becomes extremely important and hence imparts smoothness in the cost of living in UK.

Students normally enter university from age 18 onwards, and start their study in UK by pursuing an academic degree Historically, all undergraduate education outside the private Regent’s University LondonUniversity of Buckingham and BPP University College was largely state-financed, with a small contribution from top-up fees; however fees of up to £9,000 per annum are being charged from October 2012 onwards. However, study in UK is not a very costly affair.

The UK gives great importance to being highly competitive in the international student market and this enthusiasm drives students to study in UK. Tuition fees per year range from £7,000 to £9,000 for Arts courses and £7,500 to £12,000 for Science courses. The cost of living in UK can vary depending on where you are studying, so it’s a good idea to get in touch with your chosen institution to find out the full cost of your course and what financial help is on offer.

Scholarships for overseas students are also available. An international student is eligible to receive free health care on the British National Health Service. Students can also work part-time during studies for further support and stability and can, hence, reduce the cost of living in UK to a great level.


Before going ahead with study in UK, one must give a proper thought on the costs they are going to incur and how they plan to cope with the cost of living in UK.

UK undergraduate and postgraduate courses are generally shorter in comparison to other countries. This helps in keeping the tuition fees and living expenses down. Most full-time undergraduate courses take three years to complete. Full-time postgraduate courses can take one year or more.

For undergraduate students from the EU/EEA, these are the maximum cost of study in the UK

  • In England and Wales, up to £9,000 per year
  • In Northern Ireland, up to £3,575 per yea

If you’re from another country outside the EU/EEA, tuition fees depend on the university, just like for all postgraduate students and your cost of living in the UK will change accordingly.

When comparing tuition costs, one must check carefully as to what is included – and what is not included – in each fee. For example, some institutions may charge you extra for books, study materials, examinations, etc. You should be able to find out what the course fee covers on course on the concerned university’s website, if it’s not available, don’t hesitate to contact them directly.

When budgeting, note the additional costs which can be added in cost of living in UK:

  • Travel to study in UK
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Day-to-day living costs
  • Travel and sightseeing in the UK
  • Health and travel insurance.

There are a number of good scholarships and financial support schemes for reducing the cost of living in UK. Demand is always high, but it is worth taking a look at what is available and give your best shot towards the same and, here, choosing to study in UK is the best choice.


Nandikonda Rohith Reddy

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