Cost of Living in UK for International Students in 2023

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Anumika Bahukhandi
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Aug 28, 2023 23:46 IST

For international students to study in the UK, the undergraduate tuition fee is around £10,000 - £38,000 per year for full-time courses. Note that the higher range is for medical degrees at the best colleges. For masters in the UK for Indian students, the average tuition fees of full-time programs range from £9,000 - £30,000 per year. For laboratory and research-based programs, average annual fees stand at £14,000 - £15,000. For medical degrees, the average figure is £22,200 and it can go up to £52,000.

Cost of Living for International Students in UK

However, there are cheap universities in the UK for international students that cost less than the previously mentioned amount. You can check out some of the Cheapest Accommodation in London for International Students here.

With the increasing living cost in the UK, international students have to be mindful of their expenses. As far as living expenses in the UK are concerned, these costs will vary greatly depending on your lifestyle, spending habits, and budget. The cost of living in the UK per month is given below. You can calculate your estimated costs based on how long you will be in the UK. Note that the average cost of living in the UK is around £12,000 per year. On the other hand, the average cost of student accommodation in the UK is around £547 for a month if you are not spending too much on your accommodation. London is an expensive city. The cost of living in London for Indian students is higher than in the rest of the UK.

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How much is the Cost of Living in the UK?

Check the detailed account of the cost of living in the UK from the table given below. 


Monthly Costs


£500 - £700


£100 - £200

Gas and electricity




Mobile phone




Stationery and textbooks

£20 - £40


£50 - £75

Travel (buses, trams, and trains)

£30 - £40

Movie ticket


Dinner at restaurant


(Note: Charges may vary from city to city)

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UK Visa and Immigration require 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. 

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Q. Is Canada or UK cheaper for international students?

A. The UK is home to a number of world's best universities and is stepping up its game to benefit international students once they are done with their graduation. On the other hand, Canada has lower overall living and study costs and has provided international students with flexible post-study work opportunities. 

Q. What is the average cost of living in UK?

A. The average cost of living in UK for international students is around £12,000 - £15,600 per year. The cost of living in UK includes factors like accommodation, food and groceries, household bills, transportation, entertainment, etc. 

Q. Which city of the UK is best for international students?

A. According to the QS best studies cities 2023 rankings, London is the best city for international students. Some of the other top cities in the UK for international students include Edinburgh, Manchester, Glasgow, Coventry, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Nottingham, etc. 

Q. Can international students stay in the UK after completing their graduation?

A. Yes, a graduate visa gives you permission to stay in the UK for at least 2 years once you complete your course in the UK. With a graduate work visa, you can work for most jobs, look for work, be self-employed, do voluntary work, etc. 

Q. Is UK a great place to study for international students?

A. Undoubtedly, UK is a great place for international students. The universities situated there offer quality education. However, to survive in UK, you must keep some tips in mind such as improving your fluency in English, searching for an affordable accommodation, looking for a part-time job, learning about the transport system, being receptive of the weather challenges, etc. 

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Hari joshi

a year ago

I want to pursue undergraduate (hotel management) course in uk .can i pay 2nd year fee by myself? I am now 19 years old?

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Aprant Agarwal

12 months ago

Hello. It is advisable that you arrange funds for complete course as with part-time work won't you might not be able to pay his complete tuition fee.

Shaveta Vasudev

a year ago

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

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Piyush Kohli

a year ago

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

a year ago

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

2 years ago

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

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Piyush Kohli

a year ago

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


sonpreet sharma

2 years ago

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 !!

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Piyush Kohli

2 years ago

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.

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