Fees, accommodation and living costs

Fees for international students

It is important to think about not only your tuition and accommodation costs but the cost of living too.

The minimum cost of living as recommended by UKVI for studying outside London is £1,023 per month, but will vary from student to student. This is a guideline to cover items like accommodation, food, laundry, books, clothes, toiletries and socialising. For up to date information, visit Student visa: Money you need - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Tuition fees - listed below - will be an additional cost, as well as student insurance, the health care surcharge and transfers to and from the airport.

Tuition fees

Find fees for our pathway programmes, as well as airport transfer costs and other payment information.

International Foundation Year

Pathway2023/242024/25Potential saving*
Arts, Humanities, Law and Social Sciences£18,500£19,250£750
Business, Economics, Accounting and Finance£20,000£20,900£900
Engineering, Physical Sciences and Architecture£20,500£21,900£1,400
Health, Medical and Life Sciences£20,500£21,900£1,400

Accelerated International Foundation

Pathway2023/242024/25Potential saving*
Business, Economics, Accounting and Finance£17,500£18,250£750
Engineering, Physical Science and Computer Science£18,000£18,750£750

International Year One

Pathway2023/242024/25Potential saving*
Accounting and Finance£19,500£20,250£750
Business Management£19,500£20,250£750
International RelationsNot applicable£20,250Not applicable

Pre-Master's Programmes

PathwaySemesters2023/242024/25Potential saving*
Business, Social Sciences and Humanities2£17,000£18,900£1,900
Science and Computing2£17,000£18,900£1,900

*Tuition fee validity

2024/25 fees are valid from 6th March 2024 for any programme that commences on, or after 26th August 2024. Students who confirm their place on a programme on or before the 5th March 2024 will secure the 2023/24 fees listed above, thereby benefiting from potential savings.

English Language Programmes

PathwayDurationTuition Fees
Online English for International Foundation Year10 weeks£3,500
Online English for International Year One6 weeks£2,100​​

10 weeks£3,500​​

16 weeks£5,600​​

Additional fee information

Additional fees and costsFee
StudyCare Insurance (up to 12 months)£450 (£8.65 per week). Prices are indicative.
StudyCare Insurance (24 months fixed)£720 (£6.93 per week)
Immigration Health SurchargePlease visit the Gov.uk pages to read more about how much you need to pay
AccommodationFees 2023/24Fees 2024/25
(shared bathroom)
£5591.60 - £6403.60 £5,899.60 - £6,756.40
from £6400.80 from £6,753.60
(shared bathroom)
£4519.20 - £5328.40 £4,768.40  - £5,622.40
£4925.20 - £6921.60 £5,196.80  - £7,302.40

Explore our accommodation options.

Please note: these are the accommodation costs for the 2023/24 and 2024/25 academic years.

Below are average costs for travel from Cardiff's nearest airports to your student accommodation.

Taxi transfer fees (one way)Price**
Cardiff (CWL)£82
Bristol (BRS)£148
Heathrow (LHR)£282

** Prices subject to change

Confirmation payment & tuition fees

 Once you have received an offer of a place at the International Study Centre, you are required to pay a confirmation payment. The security deposit is held to cover damages and any other incidental expenses. Any monies left at the end of your programme will be returned to you. If you do not require a student visa you must pay your confirmation payment and advance tuition fees payment no later than 3 months before the start date of your programme.

When? Amount (GBP) 
Confirmation payment at point of confirming offer to study

£1,000 security deposit

£260 administration fee (non-refundable)

Prior to applying for your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (‘CAS’)

£6,000 advance tuition fees payment  

Please note: this is in addition to the initial confirmation payment taking the total fees paid prior to applying for your CAS to £7,260.

28 days prior to start of 1st semesterBalance of 1st Semester fees (if any) as set out in your offer letter
2 months prior to start of 2nd semesterBalance of 2nd Semester fees (if any) as set out in your offer letter

For certain territories, you may be required to pay a higher amount in respect of advance tuition fees. Details will be set out in the individual payment plan attached to your offer letter. For full information about fees and refunds read our Terms and Conditions.

Paying your fees

Our how to pay page has all the information you need to know on paying your tuition fees.

Additional information

All international students should have accident and medical insurance for the duration of their time in the UK. This will make you feel more secure because not having the proper coverage can be extremely difficult and expensive.

You can take out our own Study Care Insurance policy or alternative cover with a third party. The StudyCare Insurance policy covers loss of personal possessions as well as providing health and medical insurance. It is specifically designed for international students’ needs during your studies at the International Study Centre and, if required, after progressing to your university. Insurance cover is offered for flexible terms of up to 12 or 24 months (fixed), allowing you to choose a policy duration that fits your needs. If you select 24 months, you will be covered for the duration of your pathway programme plus the first year of your degree.

Find out more

All students under the age of 18 at the start of their course will receive our guardianship service free of charge. A guardian will support you during your time in the UK until you turn 18. More information will be provided after you apply.

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