Studying in UK? It‘s easier and cheaper than you think!

Normally, studying in the UK is associated with high costs. But it does not have to be like this, as there are many solutions on how to cut costs and Brexit does not change this. First of all let‘s check what to do to get into university and how to choose the right one.

Universities in UK have long since ceased to be a luxury available only to the wealthiest. They have become a dream come true being within reach of every ambitious young person. English universities have always been synonymous with high quality teaching and give students the chance to master of English, and, consequently a better start in life.

Before choosing higher education in the United Kingdom, you need to decide on your coursework and goals. At the same time, you can apply to several different universities (You can apply for up to a maximum of five courses, but you can take four courses at two universities). The most complete set of documents must be accompanied by proof of English language proficiency. The majority of British universities need the results of the English Language Testing System (IELTS).

This English proficiency exam is very useful in higher education, demonstrating that you can:

  •  Describe and analyse images, data and statistics
  • Present and support your opinion through examples
  • Properly read opinions / beliefs expressed in the text you are reading;
  • Take or complete listening lecture notes or lectures;
  • Analyse charts, tables, and other data.

jobslogoThe paid service Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) includes almost all British universities. In 2013, the fee for applying for a place in one course was 13 pounds; for two or more courses, it was 23 pounds. You can also apply individually, directly through the universities, but only a small number of candidates use this method. “UCAS system is so designed as to avoid duplication of effort by both the candidates and the universities” – noted Tallentire.

All studies come at a price, and tuition fees depends on the course and level of study (undergraduate, Engineering or Master). The fee for undergraduate studies (BA Degree), a bachelor, is 9000 pounds per year. Thanks to a special loan for study at this level you only have to repay your loan when you start earning at least 21,000 pounds. There are also various scholarships or grants that will cover part of the expenses. It is possible legal work while studying (only a few universities, such as Oxford, do not allow students to work during the semester).

College fees are only part of the total cost, though; cost of can be very expensive, particularly in London.

Living costs:

1)   Accomodation

  • student house : Fees range from £ 100-180/tydzień depending on the standard and location.
  • Room in shared house :  The room rate is about 70-150 £ / week for a room in shared rented house or apartment.

Language2)    Food

  •  Examples of prices: £ 1.20 bread, butter, £ 1, 85p Coca-Cola
  • The average monthly cost of food is around 200-300 pounds
  • supermarkets TESCO, MORRISON’S and ASDA

3)    Books

  • you can borrow from the library or downloading the electronic version.
  • University Library is well equipped – save money by borrowing instead of buying

4)    Transport

  • Train to London (from Bucks New University) – £ 12.50 (return ticket including metro and bus in London)
  • Metro (magnetic card OYSTER) – £ 30-120/miesiąc depending on the zone in which they dwell. Take this into consideration counting the cost. Count all: Far = cheaper + expensive transport

Location in a specific area of London has an impact on the cost of travel to the university.

Finance. How to study in UK and not to go bankrupt?

Studying in UK has been particularly popular because the country allows students to combine studies and work with deferred loan repayments.

What does it mean to you?

You can keep the money earned by yourself
Working not only gives you earnings; you also can find a priceless experience

How do students manage to combine studies with work?

In British universities you spend only 15h a week in class (3 days)

The rest of the time is made up of projects, essays and group presentations to prepare on your own.

The rules for obtaining a loan “Tuition Fee Loan” (to cover tuition fees) at university in England:

  • Loan for tuition “Tuition Fee Loan” is given to each student from EUROPEAN UNION to cover tuition, only for undergraduate studies in the UK. Provided that you have not completed other studies!
  • Loan covers 100% of tuition (Tuition Fee). For studies in the UK, you do not have to pay from your own money in advance!
  • Repayment rules are very beneficial: You start pay the loan after graduation, in the year in which you start work and your earnings exceed the ceiling set (threshold)
  • Salary of your parents does not matter
  • The loan can be written off after 30 years
  • When you do not have income above a certain amount, or you quit job or you are on holiday – repayment is suspended so you do not have to pay. So as you can see this is not a typical loan. None bank will not do for you, such a holidays

LondonWhat about work?

You can work part-time approx 20-25h/week or full-time 35-40h/week.

The average wage is £ 6-9 student /hour
This is usually in the catering industry (restaurants, bars), hotel or commercial (shops).

Additionally each university has its own “careers” office offering assistance to its students.