Living costs for International Students in UK

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Piyush Kohli
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Jul 29, 2021 13:05 IST

Living costs for International Students in UK

For international students, undergraduate tuition fees is around £10,000 - £30,000 per year for full-time courses. Note that the higher range is for medical degrees at the best colleges. However, on average, international undergraduate fees is around £12,000 per year.

For postgraduate degrees, the average tuition fees for international students for full-time programs range from £10,000 - £13,000 per year. For laboratory and research-based programs, average annual fees stand at £14,000. For medical degrees, the average figure is £22,200 and it can go up to £58,000.

As far as living costs are concerned, these costs will vary greatly depending on your lifestyle, spending habits, and budget. These costs are given by the month. You can calculate your estimated costs based on how long you will be in UK.


Monthly Costs





Gas and electricity




Mobile phone




Stationery and textbooks




Travel (buses, trams, and trains)

£90/month (one bus ride: £1.50)

Movie ticket


Dinner at restaurant


(Note: Charges may vary from city to city)

Recommended amount

UK Visa and Immigration requires you to have a budget of £1,334 per month or up to a maximum of 9 months or £12,006 to study in London. This amount is in addition to the tuition fees. This is the minimum amount you need to show to get a visa to study in London. For other places in the UK, the amount will be lesser. If you study at colleges outside London, you will require a minimum amount of £1,023 per month or up to a maximum of 9 months or £9207 as requested by UK Visa and Immigration. The average accommodation rents are £150 per week. The UKVI also estimates that in addition to your rent, you will need approximately £104 every week for living costs. This amount will differ according to your lifestyle and will depend on how much you socialize.

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What is the average cost per month for living in London in a shared accommodation (2 people living in small flat).

Reply to Shaveta Vasudev


Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert


Hi Shaveta, international student needs to have a budget of at least £1,265 per month for staying in London, so, you need approx. £200 to £300 per week to live in or around London.


Sagar A M


Hi, am interested in studying about gems and goldsmith courses, which university is best please suggest me
Thank you

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Smriti N


Hi, my son is interested in University of Greenwich to pursue Computer science. What is your take on this please.

Reply to Smriti N


Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert


Hi Smriti, please go through the below URL and learn more about the University of Greenwich and also check the requirements for CS course:

Hi , my daughter has got full fee scholarship for Wawick law program but we need help for the living cost . Can she get any help on the merit basis only as we are not in a condition to support her financially right now but this is a one time opportunity for her life .. pls help !!

Reply to sonpreet sharma


Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert


Hi Sonpreet, please refer to the below link and check out eligibility requirements of the list of scholarships available for pursuing Law in UK and apply accordingly. You can also go for an education loan.

Please confirm the calculation of living expenses will be multiplied by 9 months or 12 months.

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