Fees and funding

Studying at university is one of the most significant investments you will 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. Find out more about the financial help and support available. 

Tuition fees

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

Home students (UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man)

Home tuition fees for each degree course are listed in the online course finder.

Contact your local education department for further details about financing your studies and for advice on whether your island government offers any grants or awards:
Island of Jersey
States of Guernsey
Isle of Man

International students (including EU)

If you are an international student, 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 8% each year for courses starting in 2023. 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 course 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. 

Foundation year courses

Students on the one-year Foundation in Arts and Social Sciences or the Foundation in Science, Engineering and Mathematics courses may be eligible for a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan. Find out more about the financial support available for Foundation Year students.

Study abroad, work abroad 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 tuition fee during the relevant academic year.

For example in 2020 home students on full-year study and work abroad or industrial placements were charged 15 per cent of the total tuition fee. International students on full-year study and work abroad placements were charged 50 per cent of the total fee and those on whole-year industrial placements were charged 25 per cent of the total fee.

If you undertake a placement for less than a full academic year, your tuition 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.

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 £9,250 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 £9,250 = £4,625. This is the amount the student would be charged for the supplementary year in this example.

Living expenses

Budgeting and 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 £15,000 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 team 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.
  • Our Disability Services team can advise on funding to pay for specialist study support.
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