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Cost of Studying in the UK

The cost of studying in the UK involves many factors including

  • Tuition fees
  • Accommodation expenses
  • Visa application fees
  • Other living expenses

Tuition Fees

The cost may vary depending on the country you choose. The four prominent options are England, Scotland, North Ireland, and Wales. You may also find slight variations in the tuition fees based on your selected study program and university. The approximate tuition fees to study in a UK university can be seen as under

Study Program Approximate fees (in GBP)
Undergraduate Bachelor Degree £6,000 to £16,000 per year
Postgraduate Master’s Degree £10,000 to £20,000 per year
Doctoral Degree £13,000 to £29,000 per year

Accommodation Cost

Many universities in the UK provide on-campus dwelling options which are quite economical. The absence of on-campus accommodation will ask you to search for the one on your own. The cost for the same varies depending on the city you live in, size of the home, and availability of other facilities (like water, electricity, internet, etc.). The average cost of a one-bedroom apartment generally lies between £550 and £650.

Student Visa

Acquiring a valid student visa is a prerequisite to study in the UK. The associated cost revolves around £348. To know the exact figure, feel free to connect with our USA education consultant.

Other Living Expenses

The other living expenses include a huge list of primary expenditures like your gas, water, electricity bills, clothes, food, books, stationery, transport, mobile, etc. The estimated monthly costs for the same are given as under

Expense Type Estimated Cost
Mobile phone £15 – £50
Gas, water, and electricity bills £40 – £50
Clothes £25
Food £160 – £200
Travel & transport £32
Socializing £120

More factors can be included in the list, however, these are the prominent ones.

The expenses to study in the UK can be majorly divided into three categories –

  • Accommodation cost
  • Living expenses
  • Tuition fees

The costs can fluctuate depending on the city in which you live and the university or institute where you study.

Accommodation Expenses

UK provides many different living options to international students associating varying living costs. Among these, the halls of residence, starting from £50 per week and going up to £80 per week, is the most economical option. 

If you do not prefer the halls of residence option then you have to find your own accommodation that can cost you around £35/ week and more (depends on the quality of accommodation).

Living Expenses

The living expenses comprise a huge list including

  • Food – £25 to £30 per week (approx)
  • Transport – £10 per week (approx)
  • Entertainment 
  • Books – £7 (approx)
  • Phone, electricity, water bills – £15 per week (approx)

Of course, the list is not complete but it will give you a rough idea of the living expenses you have to come across while studying in the UK.

Earning Options

International students in the UK have the liberty to apply for part-time jobs in the country. Joining employment is a great idea to better regulate the primary expenses as well as gain some valuable work experience.

Generally, two types of part-time jobs are available for international students studying in the UK.

  • On-campus 
  • Off-campus

On-campus Employment

The international students can work within the college campus in the free time to make some valuable income. The libraries, gym, book stores, computer labs, laboratories are the most common departments offering part-time jobs to the students. The jobs are offered only to deserving candidates hence students require excellent communication skills and adequate knowledge to fit in the underlying job role.

Off-campus Employment

Off-campus employment serves more options and can be found more conveniently. The prominent job roles include waiter/waitress, delivery boy, data entry operator, bookstore helper, call center executive, and so on. It is mandatory to take permission from college authorities before joining any part-time employment outside.

Approximate Pay-scale

Generally, the students are paid on the basis of hours. The approximate pay associated with different job roles can be seen in the below table

Job role Salary (hourly)
Library Assistant 10 to 12 Pound
Delivery Boy 4 to 6 Pound/delivery
Helper at Retail Shop 8 to 9 Pound
Cashier 8 to 10 Pound
Clerk 12 to 14 Pound
Waiters/waitresses 18 to 10 Pounds

Note:

If you work in night shift, you can get more pay than the ones given above.

International Students Work Rights in the UK

Uk is one of the most expensive student destinations when it comes to studying abroad. In addition to paying the high tuition fees, you have to many other important expenses too that sometimes becomes distressing. Luckily, the international students studying in the UK are allowed to work part-time during their studies. However, the students have to follow the strict working conditions applied by their university.

Permitted Working Hours

The students can work only up to 20 hours per week during term-time. The hours can be extended during holidays and breaks.

Types of Work

Student can join any off-campus or on-campus part-time employment but are not allowed to do the following

  • A student cannot be self-employed.
  • cannot engage in any kind of business activity.
  • cannot join full-time employment.
  • cannot work as an entertainer.
  • cannot work as a professional sportsperson.
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