Studying the UK is cheaper than studying in the US and given that degree programs are often shorter than those at home, you will receive fantastic value for money. Tuition fees for a UK undergraduate degree start at around $14,000 - $15,000 per year. The estimated levels of tuition fees for a 12 month Master’s program are approximately $14,000 - $22,000.
Annual accommodation and living costs in the UK
In addition to the tuition fees mentioned above, you should also consider accommodation and living costs. On-campus accommodation for the first year of studies is guaranteed to international students who apply by the accommodation deadline. This applies to all of Across The Pond’s partner universities, whether offering Master’s programs or undergraduate programs. University halls of residence will cost in the range of $115 - $220 per week including all bills.
Private sector accommodation will vary depending on the type of accommodation and area. Total living costs are in the range of $10,000 - $18,000 (per year) including accommodation, bills, food, books, transportation and entertainment though this will differ depending on your individual necessities and lifestyle. Depending on which program you choose to study and where you live, expect your total costs for the year including tuition to be around $24,000 - $40,000. For most undergraduates studying in Britain, expenses will be at the lower end of this range. Here are some top tips for funding your study abroad experience to the UK.
Scholarships at UK universities
Scholarships in the UK are more widely available for students applying to graduate program than undergraduate. However, these do not typically cover the entire cost of tuition fees and/or living expenses. There are a few scholarships available from the Across The Pond UK partner universities and they are usually ranging between $1,500 and $6,500. External agencies exist that provide scholarships for American students wanting to study abroad in the UK.
Once you have identified your academic area of interest your Advisor can offer you support and advice regarding any scholarships you may be eligible to apply for. Applicants will usually need to hold a place at an institution in order to apply for a university scholarship. We therefore recommend students looking to apply for scholarships to apply to their programs no later than January/February of the year they hope to attend.
In addition to this, Across The Pond have launched a range of scholarships in conjunction with selected partners to provide more students with financial support. Read more about Across The Pond Scholarships program here.
US Financial Aid information
You will need to apply for and obtain your loans/scholarships before you arrive in the UK and if you rely on these to pay for your studies, you will need to demonstrate that you have this funding before you can leave the US.
Work while you study in Britain
You can work for up to 20 hours a week while you study in the UK. Normal hourly pay is $10 - $12. Each university has a careers center who can assist you in looking for part time employment.