Withdraw from your studies

It’s not unusual to have doubts about your course or university at some point. You might consider whether you want to leave altogether.

It’s a big decision, so it’s important to think through the alternatives and whether it’s the best option for you.

Think about why you want to withdraw

We recommend you start by talking to your personal tutor or supervisor, who will be able to offer support and advice.

You could also speak to our wellbeing advisers or Careers Service.

There is support available for students who are experiencing financial difficulties.

What happens if you withdraw

Before making a final decision, you need to be aware of the implications of leaving university. Our teams can help talk you through what will happen.

Tuition fees

You may get a refund for some or all of your tuition fees. This will depend on the date you leave your course. Speak to your faculty office about the refund amount.

For more detailed information, find out how we calculate tuition fee refunds and download our tuition fee refund policy (PDF).

Your funding

If you receive financial support, such as a student loan, speak to the Student Funding Office. Withdrawing can affect the funding you’ll receive if you return to university. However, if compelling personal reasons (CPR) affected your studies, you may be able to apply for additional funding from Student Finance.

You may also be required to pay back some or all of your student loan.


If you are a Student visa holder, before you decide to withdraw, please refer to the Student visa guidance to understand what the impact will be on your immigration status.


Living in University accommodation

If you have withdrawn from your studies, you will need to move out of your University accommodation as you will no longer be classified as a student.

You need to inform your student accommodation that you have withdrawn from the University by completing the intention to leave form via the Accommodation Portal. If you do not complete the intention to leave form, you will remain liable for the rent of your room. 

Find out more about your rent responsibilities after withdrawing from your studies.

Living in private-rented accommodation

If you have withdrawn from your studies and are living in private-rented accommodation, it is unlikely that you will be able to end your tenancy agreement early. You will no longer be eligible for council tax exemption after withdrawal.

Returning to University accommodation

If you enroll onto another course and want to live in University accommodation again, you will need to apply for returner accommodation in February 2023. It is important to note that returner accommodation is very limited.

Access to university services

  • Your UCard will no longer give you access to buildings.
  • You will not have access to systems that need a university login.

If you've definitely decided to withdraw

What you have to do

  1. Ask your school office for a withdrawal form. You will need to complete the form and get it signed.
  2. If you’re living in University accommodation, you need to complete an intention to leave form via the accommodation portal.
  3. We will confirm in writing once your withdrawal has been processed. We will inform the relevant academic departments, library and fees office.
  4. The Faculty Examination Board will consider whether you are eligible for an exit award for the work you’ve done so far. We will send you a transcript for any credit you have achieved.

Careers Service

You can use our Careers Service for up to three years after you leave, to help get where you want to be.

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