International Students & Money

Students with International fee status are charged different tuition fee amounts and have different funding options in comparison to students with Home/EU fee status.

As such, they have a range of money-related issues which need to be carefully considered before deciding to study at UAL.

To check if you would have International or Home/EU fee status, see our Tuition Fees page.

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for our courses can be seen on our Tuition Fees page.

Students with International fee status must pay a deposit of £2,000 before they can secure their place on a course. The remainder of the tuition fee for the first year of the course must be paid before a student can enrol onto their course at the start of the academic year.

If a student is being sponsored by an official financial sponsor, as defined by UK Visas & Immigration (see the UKCISA website), a deposit waiver can be requested. Such students must send evidence of sponsorship when they submit their course offer acceptance form to the University. 

Living costs

It can be difficult to know how much money you may need to spend whilst you are here, on things like accommodation, travel and food. Have a look at our information on living costs, discounts and budgeting to get an idea of what to expect and how to get the most out of your money.


Funding available to students with International fee status is very limited, and the majority of such students would not be able to receive any funding.

You can explore the following resources to see if there is any funding that may be available for you:

Visas and financial requirements

Most students with International fee status will need a Tier 4 (General) visa to study at UAL. In order to make a successful application for this visa, students must meet strict financial requirements, including having funds to cover the tuition fee for the first year of their course, plus a specified amount of money for living costs. For further information, please see our Tier 4 (General) visa application guides on our Immigration & Visas page.

Working whilst you study

Many students work part-time during their studies to gain some money to support their studies and living costs. There are certain limits on the type of work, and the weekly number of hours of work, that students can do if they have a Tier 4 (General) visa. Visit the Work as an International Student page for more information on these restrictions, and how to find work.

Opening a bank account in the UK

After arriving in the UK, it can take a few weeks for a student to open a bank account in the UK. Therefore, it is important that all students plan to be without a UK bank account during this time. See our Living in London page for more information.


The Student Advice Service is available to provide further information and support on financial matters related to your course.