International students on our Facebook page frequently ask us to help them find a UK or London university with the lowest tuition fees and costs.
It is very difficult to answer this question for a number of reasons. Tuition fees for international students can vary considerably between courses even at the same university. There are many factors that influence the costs, including the number of teaching hours and required teaching facilities. You will often find that science courses are more expensive than courses in the arts, humanities or social sciences. Read our guide explaining the average tuition fees to study in London.
Most universities cannot and should not be compared by price. When looking for a university it is important to remember your education is an investment in your future. You should focus on the course you want to study and the university’s reputation for that subject area. Use the course search to find courses that interest you and see what the tuition fees are for the courses. If you need further information, you can always contact the university with your questions.
However, we do understand that many students need to save money when studying abroad so here are some tips to help you find good value universities for your money in London.
How to Find a Good Value University in London
- Study university rankings. Tuition fee prices are often linked to a university’s ranking. The higher the ranking, the more expensive the course is likely to be. Use university rankings as a guide to the potential price of your shortlisted universities.
- High price does not always equal high quality. Look closely at the university rankings and compare the many different rankings that are available to you. Look at rankings for student satisfaction and graduate employment too. And remember, some rankings are the overall score for the entire university – rankings for different subjects at the same university can vary. Review our subject guides to see which universities perform well for your subject area.
- Look beyond the rankings. Rankings can only tell you so much. Visit student forums to see what current students are saying about their university. Or look at a university’s links with employers and visit their website to take a look at the career services available to you.
- Look for a scholarship. Universities give international students millions of pounds in scholarships each year and many scholarships include discounted tuition fees. Read our advice on how to find a scholarship to study in London and search the scholarship database.
- Choose a less popular course. Popular degree courses such as medicine, law and management can often be more expensive than other courses. Consider other courses aligned to your preferred course choice. Use our course search to find similar courses to your first choice.
- Reduce your living costs. Stretch your budget by saving money on student accommodation by sharing with other students. You can also save money by shopping around for student discounts or by spending your free time visiting London’s many free attractions, museums and galleries.
Last Updated: April 2016