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Money advice for international and EU students

Information for international and EU students on sources of funding and other financial information.

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Funding for international and EU students

Funding and living costs

As an International or EU student coming to the UK to study, you must have the necessary funding in place. You need to pay for both your tuition fees and living costs for the duration of your course. Living costs in Bath tend to be higher than in other parts of the country. As well as your tuition fees, you will need approximately £1,300 per month to cover your living costs.

If you fall into financial hardship when in the UK, it can be very difficult to secure additional funding after you have started your studies. Especially if you have not made adequate financial provision before starting your course. You should research funding & scholarship opportunities well in advance prior to starting University.

Funding for New and Current EU students

Undergraduate students who are from and live in the EU can apply for a tuition fee loan from the UK government. Find out more details and eligibility criteria.

To get living cost support from Student Finance England current EU students must have been resident in the UK for three years before the course start date.

EU students starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 must have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme to get student finance. To get living cost support from Student Finance England new EU students must have been resident in the UK for three years before the course start date.

Find out more about student finance arrangements for EU students studying in the UK.

Postgraduate taught and doctoral Students

Postgraduate taught students should check if any University Scholarships are available to them.

For Doctoral students who may want to explore different funding sources the Doctoral College provides useful links for different courses. Our postgraduate funding page offers alternative funding opportunities. This includes trusts and charities as well as independent funding bodies.

Further information

For information and advice about fees and money visit UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA).

Save the Student provides further information about scholarships and funding for international students.

US federal loans

Loans are available from the United States of America for US students studying at the University of Bath. The University is recognised by the United States Government for Federal Student Loans.

Our Registration (OPE Identification) Number is 0116 7900.

Loans for Canadian students

If you are a Canadian student studying here you may be eligible for a loan. This could be from the Canadian government or a private loan from a Canadian bank..

Additional Funding

Read more about additional funding and financial assistance for international students.

Migrant Workers

Migrant Workers may be entitled to the same student finance support package as a UK national. To find out more about the eligibility criteria, what funding you may be entitled to, and how to apply for funding, please see the UCAS website.

If you a Migrant Worker or a family member of one, you need to provide evidence of continued employment in the UK.

Useful Links

UKCISA website

Bank accounts

Most international and EU students can only open a basic bank account whilst studying in the UK. This means there is no entitlement to an overdraft facility.

Find information from the University about opening a UK bank account. More information can be found via the UK Council for International Student Affairs. Not sure how to choose a bank? Take a look at the advice from Money Advice Service and Money Saving Expert.

Working in the UK

Detailed information can be found on the Student Immigration Service website. The Students' Union provides information on employment rights, Income Tax and National Insurance. Take a look at the Students’ Union jobs page for more information about this as well as for current job vacancies.

You can also find out how to reclaim Income Tax that you have paid whilst working in the UK.

Cost of living in the UK

For information about the costs of living in the UK please have a look at our sample budgets:

More information about budgeting and living costs can be found at:

You can find other useful information for International Students from:


If you have any questions, please contact us.