University Fees

Universities in the UK charge annual tuition fees and for full time students in public institutions, these fees can be up to £9000/yr. Fees can be even higher in private institutions, but, the good news is, most students can apply for a government loan to cover the cost of their fees, and these payments will go directly from the government to the university.

When do I have to pay my loan back?

Repayments only begin once you earn over £21,000 per annum, and when you reach this threshold, loans are paid back at 9% of your income over £21,000.

What other costs are involved in university life?

While you study, you will also need to cover living costs and other expenses. These additional costs vary depending on what you study and where. For example, students living in London or other big cities often have higher living costs than students studying in more rural locations.

What kind of help can I get for these costs?

In almost all cases, additional grants, loans, and bursaries will be available to help you cover these costs. 

Before you start university it is a good idea to have a look at what awards, bursaries, and other funds are available at the university you want to study at. This is additional money to help cover your fees and costs (completely separate to government assistance). 

If you are from a lower income family, have dependants, or are disabled then there are even more options available to you including the new National Scholarship Programme, the Adult Dependants' Grant, the Childcare Grant and Parents' Learning Allowance, and various Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs).

How much will my tuition fees be?

When the government first decided to allow universities to charge student tuition fees, ministers expected only a few to charge the maximum of £9000 per year.

There are some differences between different institutions though, and most have a range of tuition fees rather than a set amount. In this guide, we look at the tuition fees payable at different universities, according to their group.

If you need some help keeping track of your finances why not visit Bright Knowledge who have a great student calculator and other great tips on budgeting whilst at University.


The Russell group tuition fees

The Russell group universities are regarded as having the highest standards of academic excellence.

Most are charging the maximum fee with only three having any lower fee options.

Find out more about Russell Group Universities by reading the following article: Russell Group Universities - a guide to the Russell Group.

They include some of the most prestigious such as Cambridge, Oxford, King’s College, London, Edinburgh, Bristol and Durham. Check out the full list of Russell group universities.

Russell Group University

Tuition fees (annual)

Durham University

Durham University Business School

£9000 per year for all undergraduate courses

University of Liverpool

£9000 per year for the majority of undergraduate courses. See the website for a list of the exceptions.

London School of Economics & Political Science

£9000 per year for all undergraduate courses

Queen's University, Belfast

£9,000 per year for all undergraduate courses (Rest of UK) £3,575 per year for all undergraduate courses (Northern Ireland)

 


The Million+ group tuition fees

The Million+ group of universities represents a university think-tank to look at the whole issue of higher education in the UK. Check out a list of their members here. This group tends to be offering a range of fees, with quite a few opting not to charge the £9000 max.

Million+ group universities

Tuition fees

Abertay University

£7250 for England, Wales, and Northern Ireland undergraduates. £1820 for Scottish and EU students.

Anglia Ruskin University

 

 

£9,000 per year for all undergraduate courses

Edinburgh Napier University

Fees dependant on course. See website for further details. 

London Metropolitan University

Typically £9000 but see website for further details

Staffordshire University

£9000 per year for all undergraduate courses

London South Bank University

£9000 per year for all undergraduate courses

University of Sunderland

£8750 or £9000 per year for all undergraduate courses

University of West London

£9000 per year for all undergraduate courses

University of the West of Scotland

£7000 for rest of UK students. £1820 for Scottish and EU students.


University Alliance tuition fees

The University Alliance is a group of universities in the UK that are mainly focused on business. Checkout the full details on the University Alliance members.

More of this group are setting their maximum below £9000 and almost all have a range of tuition fees.

Find out more about the University Alliance by reading the following article:

University Alliance member

Tuition fees

Coventry University

£9000 per year for all undergraduate courses

University of Hertfordshire

£9000 per year for all undergraduate courses

University of Huddersfield

£9000 per year for all undergraduate courses

Kingston University London

£9000 per year for all undergraduate courses

Manchester Metropolitan University

£9000 per year for all undergraduate courses

Nottingham Trent University

£9000 per year for all undergraduate courses

University of Portsmouth

£8,750 per year for all undergraduate courses

University of South Wales

£9000 per year for all undergraduate courses

Teesside University

£9000 per year for all undergraduate courses

 


GuildHE universities and their tuition fees

GuildHE is a company that represents the interests of higher education generally and that supports diversity within higher education in the UK. 

 GuildHE University Members

Tuition fees

Arts University Bournemouth

£9000 per year for all undergraduate courses

Bishop Grosseteste University

£9000 per year for all undergraduate courses

Glyndwr University

Fees dependant on your course. See website for further details.

Leeds College of Art

£9000 per year for all undergraduate courses

Leeds Trinity University

£9000 per year for all undergraduate courses

Newman University

£9000 per year for all undergraduate courses

Norwich University of the Arts

£9000 per year for all undergraduate courses

Southampton Solent University

£9000 per year for all undergraduate courses

St. Mary's University College Twickenham

£9000 per year for all undergraduate courses

University College Birmingham

£8558 per year for all undergraduate courses

University of Chichester

£9000 per year for all undergraduate courses

University of St Mark & St John

£9000 per year for all undergraduate courses

Writtle College

£9000 per year for all undergraduate courses

 


Ungrouped university tuition fees

Other institutions that don’t belong to a group have also gone along the same decision making process and all charge broadly similar fees.

Ungrouped Universities

Tuition fees

Birmingham City University

Fees dependant on your course. See website for further details.

Blackburn College

£7500 per year for all undergraduate courses

BPP University College

Fees dependant on your course. See website for further details.

Brunel University

£9000 per year for all undergraduate courses

University of Buckingham

Fees dependant on your course. See website for further details.

University of Derby

£9000 per year for all undergraduate courses

Glasgow Caledonian University

£7000 per year for all undergraduate courses

University of Gloucestershire

£9000 per year for all undergraduate courses

University of the Highlands and Islands

Fees dependant on your course. See website for further details.

Leeds Beckett University

£9000 per year for all undergraduate courses

Newcastle College

£6900 per year for all undergraduate courses

The University of Northampton

£9000 per year for all undergraduate courses

University Centre Peterborough

£7000 per year for all undergraduate courses

University of Wales Trinity St David

£9000 per year for all undergraduate courses

University of Wolverhampton

£9000 per year for all undergraduate courses

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