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funding your studies

A British education provides excellent value for money in terms of the career opportunities it will make possible. But it's important to make sure you can fund your studies before you apply. This list of frequently asked questions provides help and advice on funding your studies and provides information on how much you will need for accommodation and living expenses in the UK.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the options for funding my studies?

Most students fund their studies with the help of their relatives, from their own savings or through a bank loan. Scholarships and bursaries may be available from the education institution you apply to, but they are only awarded to the very best candidates and usually cover only part of the course fees. You may be able to secure funding from your own government.

Can you help me find a scholarship?

No, we cannot help you to find a scholarship. For non EU students, we recommend contacting the British Embassy or High Commission in your country, as they may be able to help you find a scholarship to study in the UK. Please visit the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office web site to an Embassy or High Commission in your country.

Can you help me find a student loan?

If you are a citizen of an EU country, you may be able to obtain a student loan for a university course from the UK Government. Please visit the Student Loans Company website for more information. We do not have any information on obtaining student loans in other countries.

How much will I need for accommodation and living expenses?

The UK Border Agency requires international students to bring at least £800 per month (£1,000 in London) to cover accommodation and living expenses. This should be sufficient to cover accommodation, transport and daily living expenses.

Should I apply if I am unable to fund my studies?

If you need a student visa to enter the UK, you must be able to prove you have the funds to pay for your studies. You will need to produce bank statements showing you have the money to pay for your first year tuition fees, plus £9,000 (£7,200 outside London) for accommodation and living expenses. If you are unable to prove this, your visa application will be rejected and you will lose any registration and visa application fees you have paid. Please be aware of this before submitting your application!

Can I work in the UK to pay for my course and support myself?

There are no employment restrictions on citizens of the EU (or Iceland, Norway, Switzerland or Liechtenstein).

Holders of general student visas may able to work part time during term time (10 or 20 hours, depending on the level of your course) and full time during vacations. But remember, to get a student visa you will need prove you have sufficient funds to pay your first year tuition fees in full and accommodation and living expenses. If you don't have sufficient funds in your bank account when you apply for your visa, your visa application will be refused.

But if you enter the UK on a student visitor visa, you will not be able to undertake paid or unpaid employment.