Fees and funding

Studying at University is one of the most significant investments you will ever make. The University will provide the support you need to take control of your finances.

The two main costs you will face as an undergraduate student are tuition fees and living expenses.

Tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for UK and EU undergraduate students commencing their studies at the University in 2020 is £9,250.

Fees are subject to annual review, so they may be liable to rise each year in line with UK government policy. 

Studying in 2021

If you are considering applying to study in the 2021/22 academic year, beginning in September 2021, confirmation of the applicable tuition fees will be made available in due course.

We are not in a position to confirm our tuition fees for EU nationals, as universities are awaiting the outcome of EU exit negotiations between the UK Government and the EU. However, we are aware that students are starting to consider where they would like to study in 2021 and we will provide further advice as soon as we are able to.

Please check this page regularly for the latest information.

International students

If you are an international (non EU) student or from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, your tuition fees will depend on the course you study.

International fees are reviewed annually and are not fixed for the duration of your studies. You should budget for an increase of up to five per cent each year. This increase does not apply for clinical courses.

If you're unsure which fees you should pay, read about how we determine your fee status.

Transferring students

If you are transferring to the University of Bristol from another institution, you will be charged the same fee as a new student, regardless of the year of the programme you are joining.

Part-time courses

If you are studying an undergraduate course part-time, your tuition fee will normally be pro rata the full-time fee for the course. 

Study Abroad, Erasmus and industrial placement fees

If you are spending time away from the University for a placement as part of your course, you will be charged a reduced fee during the relevant academic year.

For example in 2019 home students on whole-year study abroad or industrial placements will be charged 15 per cent of the total fee.

Overseas students on whole-year study abroad placements will be charged 50 per cent of the total fee and those on whole-year industrial placements will be charged 25 per cent of the total fee.

If you undertake a placement for less than a whole academic year your fee will not be affected.

Intercalating students

If you are an incoming external intercalating student, you will be charged the same fee as a new student.

If you are an existing University of Bristol student intercalating onto a different course within the University, find out more about Intercalated degree course fees

University of Bristol students intercalating at Bristol or at a different university will be treated as continuing students on their return and therefore charged at the same continuing rate.

Paying your fees

You don't need to pay your tuition fees until after you are registered at the University. Find out how and when you can pay your tuition fees.

Living expenses

Living expenses cover everything you will need to pay for, other than tuition fees. The amount you spend will depend upon your lifestyle choices.

As a guide, most students spend between £9,000 and £14,500 per year including accommodation.

Financial help and support

If you have the talent and ability to succeed at Bristol, concerns about funding your studies should not stop you from applying.

The University offers a comprehensive package of financial support to students from low-income backgrounds, in addition to the support provided by the UK government.

The following services are also available to help you manage your money:

  • Our Fees and Funding teams can provide you with information on bursaries and scholarships as well as advice on budgeting.
  • The Careers Service can help you find suitable part-time or holiday work.

Fees for resits 

We will not charge an extra tuition fee if you:

  • complete resits or supplementary assessments in the same year of study that you take the unit.
  • take a supplementary year during which you engage with the content of unit(s) from home and only attend the university for assessment.
  • take extra unit(s) in a year of study to meet the requirements of conditional progression. 

We will charge a tuition fee if you:

  • take a supplementary or repeat year, during which you attend the university for teaching and assessment.
  • take extra unit(s) in a year, beyond those the university requires.

The fee will be a proportion of a standard fee, based on the credit point value of the unit(s) you study, in line with SLC guidance.

For example:

  • An undergraduate home student who started their course after August 2017 is charged a tuition fee of £9250 per year for a standard year of study
  • A standard year of study has a total value of 120 credit points
  • If the student takes a supplementary year in which they attend the university to take three 20 credit point units, they study a total of 60 credit points in that year
  • 60 credit points ÷ 120 credit points = 0.5. This is the proportion of credits compared to a standard year.
  • 0.5 x £9250 = £4625. This is the amount the student would be charged for the supplementary year in this example.

EU referendum and tuition fees

In June 2016 the UK voted to leave the European Union. Find out how this affects tuition fees for European Union applicants.

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